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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  • Worth a visit if you are into archeology or, have an interest in history. The site is a ruin, with no standing buildings. The site is spread out, with several different areas to explore. Some... 
    Worth a visit if you are into archeology or, have an interest in history. The site is a ruin, with no standing buildings. The site is spread out, with several different areas to explore. Some...  more »
  • EU citizens under 25 goes in free, normal ticket costs 6 Euros. The site is huge but not besieged by the tourists. You have an amazing opportunity to see what life could really look like almost 4... 
    EU citizens under 25 goes in free, normal ticket costs 6 Euros. The site is huge but not besieged by the tourists. You have an amazing opportunity to see what life could really look like almost 4...  more »
  • What an amazing place! We arrived by bus from further up the west coach- a great and cheap way to travel. The history of the palace is fascinating. I used our rough guide book to help us understand.....  more
    What an amazing place! We arrived by bus from further up the west coach- a great and cheap way to travel. The history of the palace is fascinating. I used our rough guide book to help us understand.....  more »
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  • There is almost no signage here to indicate what, exactly, you are looking at in regards to the ruins or the importance of what you are looking at. We ended up finding a site that explained the different areas in great detail in order to fully understand and experience this site. If you would like to go, I highly recommend reading about the site before you enter to fully appreciate the site.
  • This site is interesting enough from a historical perspective, seeing that a sophisticated culture existed in this location almost 4000 years ago. It is quite an extensive excavation as well. But there is little more to see than floors and single stone walls, the last destruction in 1450 BC must have been pretty thorough.
  • The staff was very friendly and informative. They were able to answer all of our questions. But if you do not book a guide which is not included in the entrance fee, you will most likely not know what you are looking at.
  • The palace is an amazing piece of ancient history, more than worth 5 stars, but it suffers from what so many sites in Greece do, near total lack of information. I understand there are a huge number of sites in Greece, but really? they can do better. So, go to this fantastic site, read up in advance so you have some idea of what you are looking at. When you pay the entrance fee (€6 for us), complain just a little about lack of information.
  • Been here only once, on the full moon open air concert yesterday (12 Aug 2022). What an experience 💙. If you love Greek music, if you want to be part of a fantastic night, try to go there in the next years. Free entrance. Amazing music, amazing singers, amazing voices. Goose bumps. Many times 💙🇬🇷💙

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