Malia Palace Archaeological Site, Malia

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Explore Malia Palace Archaeological Site 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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Malia holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Malia Palace Archaeological Site and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We have visitor the site last Friday - and we loved it! It lacks the guided tour but if you are in to Greek history and love learning this should not be a problem! The palace is large to explore and.....  more »
  • Nice place to visit if you’re nearby. There are very few information boards on the site, so it would probably be better to visit with a guide. The main building was closed due to Covid. Entrance...  more »
  • This is one of the finest and best preserved ancient Minoan palaces in Crete. If archaeology and history interest you, this is the real deal. But don’t come if you expect a theme park experience...  more »
  • Lot of dead red stones. Boring waist money only the zucchini was funny
  • Amazing Minoan palace the extent of which is only now being realised. All the archeology of Knossos with zero crowds and NO Evans reconstructions. Masks currently required throughout sure despite being in open air which takes the 5star away - surely not needed on such an open site with so few visitors as social distancing no problem at all?
  • A very nice place. You can see the stories there. The awareness that this palace was built 3-4 thousand years ago adds mysticism to the whole place. It is a pity that there are no signs informing about the rooms. But it's probably because you want to earn money by hiring a guide. It is also a pity that at the time when I was 1/3 it was closed. But still better than the palace of Knossos
  • It's as good and almost as huge as Knossos (comparing space to visit). Or maybe even better as Knossos. Definitely must see.
  • It always seems strange to "rate" and archeological site! However - this one is very much worth a visit. It is a site of prime importance and it is very well laid out and presented. Do you home work first to get the most out of the trip.

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