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Malia Ruins

By Malia, Malia, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Malia
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The site of an ancient Minoan civilization, these majestic ruins are surrounded by the beautiful Greek countryside.
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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a quiet and magical place, evoking how it would have been. As you enter there is an exhibition building with 3 models of the place, two of which are 3D. Photos on the walls give you an idea of what has been found and how it looked when being excavated. The fabulous bee pendant, now in the Heraklion... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Worth seeing, even if you only spend an hour there. Winter opening times means it closes at 3. When we were there, the weather was lovely and there were only four other people on the site. It is mostly ruins, there are no standing buildings but I still found it atmospheric and interesting. There is a very small museum type... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Worth a quick visit if your in the area, and the entry price is reasonable. Go to Knossos if you want a bit more bang for your buck though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

These ruins are interesting but no where near as big & impressive as the ruins at Knossos & Phaistos. Not much shade when you're walking around the ruins so make sure you have a hat, water & plenty of sun cream. There is a small shaded area off to the side where you can have a sit down & a... More

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Madrid - Barcelona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Minoan ruins near Malia have not undergone a large-scale restoration like the Minoan Palace is Knossos, but are well worth a visit if you are into archeology. Bear in mind that they are closed on Mondays.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

3km outside of Malia I took the Agios Nikolas bus to this site which dropped me off at the end of the road a couple of minutes walk to the entrance. The buses are every half hour from Hersonissos and Malia during the week but less regular on Sundays and local holidays. It is walkable from Malia. Ruins are on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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

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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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