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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

There is very little information available on site and unlike the reconstructions at Knossos, there is little to help you imagine the site as an active, bustling town. However, it has a an atmosphere all of its own, it's not nearly as busy as Knossos, and there are very pleasant beaches within walking distance. If you're staying in Hersonissos then... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We have been spoilt by Egypt and Ephesus in Turkey, but worth a visit to see Cretan history. Could do with more signs and information around the sites of the ruins. Costs 4 Euro per person

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Well laid out, good signage. There is a guide at the site and he is worth using as he will bring the site to life. Well worth a 2 hour visit if you've got the time and the €4 each to spare. Good tea room on site too!

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CLEETHORPES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is well worth a visit and as we stayed in Malia we were able to walk to it,it only costs 4 euros per person and you need to have your camera with you,it is a very good day out and very interesting but if you go in the summer you will need a hat as there is not much... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Admittedly light on info, we wandered around these ruins for a while one afternoon after visiting another attraction and there's something refreshingly honest about a place that hasn't tried to reconstruct its buildings using concrete and give them a lick of paint in an attempt to show you what they once looked like (hello, Knossos, we're looking at you). A... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Really beautiful sight. You can see a part of European history there. They don't provide so many information about ruins as expected but still it's amazing. Don't forget a lot of water and hat. Around this place there are nice beach and taverns...really nice... Price: 4€ Students with ID from EU have free entrance. Opening hours: 8:00-17:00 It is closed... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I had read quite a lot about the history of the Malia ruins but when I got there I was really disappointed. I love local history and have always been particularly interested in Greek culture. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting but that wasn't it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It was small. Like always in Greece, almost no information. Only very small ruins. 4 € per person Around 3km from the center

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Interesting and impressive. No detailed information given. Pleasant place to spend a few hours and can walk back to Malia along the beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Wonderful place that enchanted me, The Minoans did it again! If you are a culture and mystery lover, then this is a must. Just make sure you take a sun hat and plenty of water.

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