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Address: By Malia, Malia, Crete, Greece
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The site of an ancient Minoan civilization, these majestic ruins are...
The site of an ancient Minoan civilization, these majestic ruins are surrounded by the beautiful Greek countryside.
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A trip to ancient times

The archaeological palace of Malia and the whole area offer a trip to the ancient minoan civilisation. It is one of the three most important minoan ruins around Crete - together... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is well worth a couple of hours of your time , we,used an unofficial guide to take us around (5 euros per person) ,who helped make sense of the ruins and explained what the culture of the Minoans was like The Minoan palace at Malia is not reconstructed or re-imagined like the one at Knossos, but at nearly 4000... More 

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Somerton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We thought there would be far more here but it is really just some excavated walls. In early May, only two sections were open. I hope it will be better when the next section is also open and the shop etc are stocked and open properly for the season. Disappointing visit as not much to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The lack of information provided really lets the palace down, had to read up on it afterwards. Also the leaflet we were given said the most important area was quartier M which you can't access. 45-minute activity maximum.

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This was the area, ruin, the golden bee broach was found. Easy to walk around, old pitha , clay jars, are still in place. The staff were wonderful at the entrance explaining where to go. Ask for Mr. Hollywood, and he has movie stories to tell. Not as much detail as other ruins but I wouldn't have missed it. If... More 

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The archaeological palace of Malia and the whole area offer a trip to the ancient minoan civilisation. It is one of the three most important minoan ruins around Crete - together with Knossos and Festos. The palace is really well preserved. Part of the excavation findings are sheltered, offering the visitor a chance to avoid the heat and the sun.... More 

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Walked to this place from our apartment only to find it had just closed in the evening at around 4pm if I remember correctly, so keep that in mind. Came back the next day and paid the small fee in, worth it walking in the heat as the ruins were quite interesting and helped to give an insight into pre-historic... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

The thing I remember the most of this visit is that it was more quiet and more relaxing than my visit to Knossos. I loved it that it wasn't as crowded and still very informative about the history of Crete. We had plenty of time to look around, take pictures and let history tell his story. Everybody that wants to... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Not much shade wear a hat, but definitely worth going. We decided to walk there, not recommended, bus is a much better idea!

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Among the biggest three minoan sites, Malia is the smallest. It was nice to start our journey through this ancient civilization from here. Malia could be considered a scale model of Knossos. It worth a visit.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Visited here in September, as good as Knossos but quieter without the tourists, well worth a visit, just take a tourist book with you that gives you the info about the ruins. Little cafe was great for fresh fruit juice and a bite to eat, was reasonably priced too

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