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Malia Ruins

By Malia, Malia, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Malia
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: Minoan palace at Malia is third largest Minoan palace in Crete. First it was build in 1900 BC and destroyed in 1700 BC along with other big palaces... more »
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110 reviews 110 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the site with a private guide a few days before visiting Knossos. Malia is a smaller palace containing similar features to Knossos but without the reconstructions. Malia is more compact and as such we found it was easier to get our head around the various points of interest and put them into context. It helped us understand Knossos... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I am very interested in Minoan culture, so I found this site very interesting. That said, it requires a lot of imagination as you cannot see much beyond the foundations of the palace. That is to be expected though in sites of this type which are around 3000+ years old. If Minoan culture is of interest to you, I would... More

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Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We were lucky because it was tourist week and it was no fee for the entrance. Interesting place and not crowded. Also mountain tea at the cafe was very good. We would like to return there just for tea again.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

very interesting place and only 4 euros to enter to see a piece of history. it was amazing to walk around the ruins, walk up steps that are thousands of years old and imagine the palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If you've already visited Knossos, then this site is much more accessible and easier to understand. There isn't much info to explain the site as you move round but a good guide book and healthy imagination really brings it to life. Also the excavated workshops and agora give a glimpse into the life of the ordinary folk who served the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I loved the real untouched aspect, I got more of a feeling of what it was actually like. I think Malia Palace was one of the best things I saw this time on Crete.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Was a good couple of hours, would like to have seen more of the findings that were excavated. We paid 4 euros each thought it was bit expensive for what was there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We have visited here and for the 4€ entry fee it's fantastic value, a real insight into old greek/ Minoan settlement if you like that kind of think. You make the trip as long or short as you like it's an easy walk around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A must see for all those interested in historic sites. It's large with covered areas protecting some of the site so there's lots to see. If you catch the site when it's quiet it's very atmospheric. There aren't many signs or interpretation boards granted, but if you've got a guide book you can read up on the site beforehand and... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Worth a visit, good value, but could be more info. Just on outskirts of town, we went on a quad bike and the beach neary is better than in central Malia so worth combining the 2 things

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