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Malia Ruins

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Address: By Malia, Malia, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 302897031597
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Small Minoan untouched palace near the village of Malia. Really worth a visit, the location in very nice and interesting. Do not miss the other sites of the Minoan civilisation... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
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Essen, Germany
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New York City, New York
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I traveled to Greece in May 2015 for the sole purpose of this palace. After touring Knossos for about 2 hours, I had had enough. I was NOT impressed with the rebuilding Arthur Evans did to Knossos in the 19th century. So I decided, on a whim, to take a bus from Heraklion to Malia Palace. It is located not... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During our October early morning visit, this site was quiet, had few visitors, and we were able to stroll among much of the ruins.  Without such a thorough, knowledgable guide our rating of this site would have been quite lower. We highly recommend Pavlos as a guide (recently someone on this site described him as a man with long grey... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

This is a pleasant side trip if you are going or staying in ayios nikolaus. The site is original, without any obvious reconstruction like knossos. But unless you are a huge fan on minoan culture, I wouldn't encourage anyone to come unless they are anyway nearby.

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Essen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Small Minoan untouched palace near the village of Malia. Really worth a visit, the location in very nice and interesting. Do not miss the other sites of the Minoan civilisation (Knossos, Festos, Zakros etc) too

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Vienna
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

People from the site are quite agressive, if some kids starts to run for 3 meters, they start to complain in a quite agressive way.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

we visited this first ie before Knossos, so on the one hand it took a while to sort out where everything is but on the other hand it is not restructured and not at all crowded, so it felt more authentic and therefore informative

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We visited Malia Ruins a few days after being slightly disappointed by the Knossos site. We were incredibly lucky to get Pablo as our guide. His extensive knowledge of the site and the Minoan culture made our visit amazing. He brought the place to life for us, and we learned so much. I would thoroughly recommend a visit here. We... More 

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We arrived at the end of the day, to find that the ruins would be closing earlier than advertised. We had about an hour and were approached by a guide offering us a private tour for 15 Euros as a special deal We are so glad that we took up his offer! This is an amazing site and in fact... More 

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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This, in my view, is one of the best Minoan palaces to visit - not too many people, lots to see, but not over-restored. Just one thing lets it down, that is the lack of informative signposting. We came here last year and commented on the poor quality of the drawings in the exhibition rooms, which are all faded away... More 

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Cancun
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

October was a great time to be there, not too hot or crowded. This is a guided tour which was actually helpful rather than cringe-worthy. 4000 years ago! Really worth a look!

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