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Malia Minoan Palace, Malia

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Ruin Tourist Spot
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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  • The Minoan Palace Archeological site is well worth a visit if you are interested in history. It's quite a large site and is spread out over a fairly large area. There were toilets on site but for some...  more »
  • Firstly we made the mistake of getting the bus to Malia, and then walking in the heat! Not a great idea! When visiting any of the old sites on Crete, get a guide book such as Lonely Planet or Rough Gu...  more »
  • There was no information about the ruins apart from some names here and there. No worth the visit unless you have a private guide who explains what you are seeing. The place was full of weeds and not ...  more »
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  • Fascinating site incredible to see an area where people lived and worked BC. Didn't have a guide so not always sure what we were looking at however there are a few signs around to advise. Well presented some areas under cover with elevated walkways over. Admission €6 could pay by credit card if you wanted to. Well presented and worth a visit especially if ancient civilisation is your thing.
  • Fantastic scenery and interesting artefacts amd dig sites. Bit of a walk from malia town though so take plenty of water!
  • Definitely worth getting a guide (very nice Greek/German couple sitting at the entrance, German tours at 10.45 and 12.45) explaining everything for 5€ for one hour.
  • Its 4000 year old ruins of a city amazing!
  • 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.

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