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Malia Ruins

By Malia, Malia, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 13 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

The Malia Palace ruins are about 300 to 400 metres from the E75 main road bus stop. It is an easy bus ride from Agios Nikolaos. The site is being excavated by the French Archeological School currently and sections have been protected from the elements by glued laminated arched beams ( glulam) supporting a translucent roof. Unlike at Knossos Palace... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We visited here and found it so much better than Knossos. It was very quiet with only a handful of other people there (Max about 8 in the whole site) and by the end we were the only ones left. There are no hideous 'restorations' and you are pretty free to wander around the palace in and out of the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited this site in April when it was pleasantly warm - in August it would be extremely hot and quite exposed. The ruins are being left as they are excavated; This certainly gives a good impression of the size and complexity of the site but you need a good imagination to appreciate what it would have looked like in... More

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was a nice walk along the coast from The Cretan Malia Park hotel. It was a fascinating site but no real artefacts there. They are still excavating the site so there is quite a large area where you cannot go yet.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Well laid out and informative, and plainly steeped in history. Well worth the entry fee - remember it's closed on Mondays, mind.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Malia ruins give u a good idea of the size and locations of the old minoan palace. To get a good idea, visit first this site (or any other except for knossos) and try to get an good idea for yourself. For a later visit, u can visit the mass-tourist attraction Knossos, there the blocks of concrete will do... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There are three or four Minoan sites to see on Crete. We were staying in Hersonissos, so it was just down the road to visit the palace at Malia. It was much more than we expected. The palace is not that well preserved but the signage is good and its a good introduction to the Minoan culture that you can... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I walked to the Malia Palace ruins from the main strip. It took me exactly an hour. If your doing this in the summer you must wear a hat, glasses and some hi factor sun lotion as there is little or no protection from the Sun. It cost only 4 Euro to enter. You can walk around and in amongst... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

YOU cannot stand among the ruins of the Minoan palace at Malia without imagining that you can hear whispers from a long lost civilisation. The area of the square is particularly atmospheric, deserted now but what must it have been like in its bustling heyday? Much has been made about how the famous ruins at Knossos were damaged by "restoration"... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Having visited Knossos a couple of days earlier and been hugely disappointed we took a chance and visited the Palace of Malia. The sense of history of Knossos had been lost to us due to the unnecessary renovations of Arthur Evans. How to ruin a good thing! Nothing like that here. We got a good feel of times gone by... More

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