Tropical Beach of Malia

Fantastic sandy Potamos beach east of Malia. The Tropical Beach is close to the Palace of Malia and can be reached by bus, bike, car or even by foot.

So forlorn looks the Tropical Beach of Malia only before the season.

The Potamos ‘Tropical Beach’ of Malia is a wonderful sandy beach, which lies east of the built-up area near the Palace of Malia.

One can easily reach the Tropical Beach by bus from Malia. This is the same direction as to the palace ruins.
Behind the beach is an access road with parking on the side. At the eastern end behind the beach, parking is also possible on a site.
Per scooter, quad bike or car hire, the Tropical Beach Malia is easy to reach.
On foot, it is only a good 45 minutes out of the center of Malia, but this is not recommended for hot sunny days in the long run absolutely.

At the western and eastern end of the beach there are also taverns at the access road. A little further east towards Malia are the first hotels, but at Tropical Beach and in the area of the excavated palaces there are no building complexes.

Currently, the daily rent (2016) for a sun bed at the Tropical Beach Malia is 3 Euros. But there is also the possibility to buy Beach Towels and simple umbrellas in various supermarkets and tourist shops in Malia.
The beach is hardly crowded, except on boiling days.

It should not be swum across the red buoys, as there are on the open sea dangerous currents and maelstroms. Also, in a north-west wind of more than 12 miles (c.20 km) p.h. expect higher waves, when much more than a cooling in shallow, beach-water is hardly possible.

The Tropical Beach of Malia today, empty before the season.
The empty Tropical beach today to the left (west).
Behind the trees is the access road, where you can also park.
A great running place for the dogs before the season.
Quad Bikes parking behind the beach is a clear sign, that season was starting.
Sunbeds and sunshades at the beach.
Shower and cleaning at the entrance to the beach.
Closer view from the western side on the sunbeds on the beach.
Sunset at the Tropical Beach of Malia.
A simple but good tavern is located just east of the access road behind the beach.
The Tropical Beach of Malia at the beginning of the century.
Again the Tropical Beach in 2003.

View of the drone: Malia Potamos beach

The Potamos Beach of Malia in the view of the drone, one day before the beginning of the tourist season 2020 after the Coronavirus lockdown.

Sand dunes

The fence protecting the sand dunes at the Tropical beach.

The sand dunes at the Tropical Beach of Malia are formed as a result of maritime progress like waves on one hand, and as a result of erosion of sea sediments, rivers and streams on the other hand.
The effect of the wind as well as the presence of anemophilous vegetation is crucial for the formation and deformation of sand dunes.

Plants contribute to the accumulation of sand, thus playing a significant role in the creation of the sand dune. This vegetation usually has an extensive root system, which protects the dunes from erosion of the wind and sea. In less shaped dunes’ vegetation is sparse, while in stabilized dunes spiny vegetation gives way to more dense clusters of herbaceous vegetation.

Activities that affect sand dunes:

  • road constructions,
  • creation of tourism infrastructures,
  • mechanical sand cleaning,
  • sea-shore arrangement works,
  • adjusting and rearranging the flow of streams and rivers,
  • sand extraction,
  • littering,
  • Camping,
  • trembling and stepping on the sand dunes,
  • Off-road driving and car parking,
  • the planting of trees.

Some areas at the Tropical beach of Malia are fenced to prevent the sand dunes from being trampled and stepped on and to prevent the destruction of the anemophilous vegetation.

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Sunset over the Tropical Beach

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