Malia is a small town on the northeast coast of Crete. We Stopped there after visiting the Minoan town ruins 3 km to the east, and were amazed by the amount of youngsters, mostly British, celebrating like it’s there last day on earth. Lots of clubs, lots of pubs, lots of noisy groups of teenagers drinking and laughing. There are some fine sandy beaches as well, starting from the bottom of the strip and continuing to the East to the Minoan palace.
The nightlife here is unbelieveable. If you stay in Patong, make sure you stay near the towns main stretch, Soi Bangla. This is where most of the magic happens. Clubs left and right, street dealers selling anything from cigarettes for 150 baht (about $4.50 NZD) to remote controlled helicopters and toys. Not to mention the tasty streetfood, if you're feeling adventurous. I'll go more in depth with each club we visited below.
My European friends retired to bed after dinner, and escaped a similar fate thanks to Martha's (devastatingly hot) son, who took me to a Salsa club, with no tourists (something rare in this town). I saw how around me people of all ages dance, amateurs and pros, with music and steps embedded in them from birth. Ecuadorians dance with love, and make you feel as if you belong, all the people there embraced me and affirmed we're very alike. It was one of the best nights of the whole trip, but looking at the calendar, reminded me I don't have time to get stuck. The next day I packed my backpack and drove to Banos.
Palacio Gaviria (club) - Calle Arenal 9, very close to Puerta del Sol. It used to be a palace that was transformed to a club. Thursdays and Fridays are great. On Thursdays they have student parties which are fun. Don't come too late since there are lines across the block (around 11pm I think should be ok).