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Minon Palace of Malia

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Malia, 36 km east of Heraklion, is one of Crete’s biggest package holiday resorts. 

Besides the tourist character of Malia a visitor could also enjoy a very interesting archeological tour to the Palace of Malia. As the sea breeze moves through the rose bays the dazzling sun rays light the Minoan Palace of Malia, the third most important Minoan site of the Prefecture. The Minoan name for the Palace is not known and it takes its name from a local town. The first palace to be constructed on the site was built around 1900 BCE. Little is known of this palace though some finds from the Old Palace period attest to the wealth of the Old Palace at Malia. This palace was later destroyed, probably by an earthquake. The first attempt to excavate the site was made in 1915 by Joseph Hadzidakis but the full excavation of the Palace and much of the surrounding town was conducted by the French Archaeological School under F. Chapouthier and are still continuing today.


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The Minoan Palace of Malia is situated 3 km east of the town, with an interminable range of large resort hotels, pensions and apartments. Its long sandy beaches are most of the times crowded and its many discos, bars and cafes host young people determined to spend unforgettable holidays. The city consists of two parts, the north and the south divided by the main road Heraklion-Agios Nikolaos. Along the beach road (one km towards the sea) you will find many restaurants serving international and Greek cuisine, cafes, several stores, souvenir shops and the majority of nightclubs and bars. However, the best places to eat are in the old town, beside the church of Agios Demetrios.

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List of Places to Visit


West Corridor

Minoan Palace of Malia


Large Pithar

Queen's Hall

Loggia and Paved Terrace

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