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Malia Ruins

Address: By Malia, Malia, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Malia
Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The site of an ancient Minoan civilization, these majestic ruins are...
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Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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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Ghent, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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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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Ireland
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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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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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Scotland
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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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