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Malia Minoan Palace, Malia
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Explore Malia Minoan Palace to see what's left of the palace built here several thousand years ago. The palace was constructed in 1900 BCE but was destroyed 200 hundred years later. The ruins you'll see are from the rebuilt palace, which replaced the former in 1700 BC. Begin at the small museum, where you will see a model of the palace as it would have looked originally. At the north end of the palace, visit the necropolis where the famous gold bee pendant--now on display in a museum in Heraklion--was uncovered. Learn about the Minoans relationship with their Gods by examining the round table in the central court, where they placed seeds as offerings to the deities. Take a look at our Malia itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Malia Minoan Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • As others have said this is an extensive pile of rocks, which could, if the purpose plan and layout were put into context an explained, possibly have been very interesting. As it was, there was no gui...  more »
  • ...... Was the lively, detailed German-language guide. This is highly recommended, as are otherwise doing hard to understand the excavations.
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  • It was done as a family all liked beautiful reconstructions Beach which is nearby is superb
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  • Interesting historical site. Lacks the commentary or context that would make it come alive in the way that Pompeii for example has. Probably a guide would have fixed this
  • The entrance fee was €6,00 which you could only pay in cash, so I had to bike back to find an ATM. The opening hours are also not ideal: 9:00 until 15:00, the hottest time to be outside. Although this place has a lot to offer, there is barely any elaboration on the ruins, and it's hard to avoid the scorching sun (take lots of water with you to keep being hydrated!). Thankfully there is also a small cafe where you can choose to sit inside or outside (with a roof over your head). I recommend the orange pie, I'd never had it before and I was surprised at how delicious it was. The staff is also very friendly and the prices are reasonable.
  • Visited Knossos last May for about 2 hours. Not too impressed with the rebuilding Evans did to it. Decided, on a whim, to take a bus to Malia Palace. I was profoundly struck by its power. This was the third largest "Minoan" palace of its time destroyed by a massive tsunami around 1600 BCE. Hardly anyone was there. You simply must walk down the street to the beach there. There are still hundreds of pieces of ancient pottery that litter the beach. If you look, there is also quite a bit of pumice left over from the explosion of Thera on Santorini which destroyed the old palace of Malia. It is a hauntingly beautiful place. Can't wait to return!
  • Must visit during a holiday on Crete!
  • It's a fantastic historic location. Instead of the restoration that's been done at Knossos, this site is just as it was coming out of the glorious red dirt.