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Potamos beach


Potamos beach in Malia is located just west of the Minoan Palace of Malia, 37km east of Heraklion, 27km west of Agios Nikolaos and just 2km east of the main beach in Malia.


Access By: Car BeachType: Sand
Depth: Normal Temperature: Cool
Organised: Yes Family friendly: Yes
Crowded: Yes Windy: Yes
Handicapped accessible: Yes Natural Shade: Little
Blue Flag: Yes Offroad: Yes


Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, toilets, water sports, canteen.


Potamos (i.e. river) is a beautiful sandy beach with blue crystal waters and a few tamarisk trees.
The beach is about 700 metres long, well organised and less congested than the main beach of Malia.
It is surrounded by rocky outcrops and small sand dunes where the white lilies grow at the start of autumn.

Potamos beach features a small stream that flows in its eastern part, forming a wetland of great importance.
The wetland of Malia hosts birds of different species as well as a wide variety of coastal vegetation, nowadays extinct in the rest of Crete.
Water emanating from the nearby mountain Selena pours down Potamos beach, forming a stunning river in winter, just a few meters from the shore.
There are also many springs of fresh drinkable water into the sea.

Potamos is next to the archaeological site of Malia, hence building and touristic development is restricted to the western end of the beach.
It is more peaceful and has plenty of free space, so it is a solution for those who prefer to escape the crowds that Malia, in gerneral, attract.

How to get to Potamos

Potamos beach is accessible by private cars and motorbikes or on foot from the centre of Malia.


  1. Mrs MaryTaylor, September 16, 2016 at 20:43

    I was recommended this beach by some Dutch tourists in Sissi. The beach is lovely for swimming and very convenient with changing boxes and sun beds / umberellas. At the end of the afternoon the taverna is just lovely with views of the mountains behind , the beach in front and lovely food served by friendly locals. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  2. Ms. Mag. Christine Vitas, September 1, 2015 at 09:06

    Dear administration team of this web-site,

    I enjoyed last week (23rd – 29th of September 2015) at Potamos beach, Malia – Please extend my gratidude & respect to the lifeguard
    working at that time, “Alexandro” (spelling uncertain),
    with kind regards

    Christine Vitas


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