Imagine that you can walk where the Minoan civilization walked 3500 BC and see how advanced they where before a volcano destroyed everything.
One of the four palaces existing in Crete as well as Knossos. The excavations are still being done by the French teams and are covered where they are working at present. Nice to walk round, though not as many items on show as I would have expected, but on the whole, a fabulous place to be if you like archaeology.
We visited first thing in the morning (0830) and at first it just seemed like a pile of stones. Wandering around though whilst reading the guide though and the palace/community soon takes shape in your mind. The pillars, the royal apartments, the kitchens, the courtyards and my imagination was soon seeing the hustle and bustle of an ancient palace life.... More
What is there to say? If you're interested in what went before, in walking in the footsteps of the past, what could be finer than to walk through the ruins of the Palace of Malia? It's not overrun by tourists, as Knossos is. It's not over-developed. It's magical. Nothing overbearing here. Even the cafe is understated, and reasonable. A fascinating... More
I am an archeologist and I have to admit that Malia excavations are really well run and kept. A must if you are in the area.
It was very hot and there was little shade - best to wear hats or take a brolly. I stayed in Stallis just a few miles away and the public bus took me right to the entrance although you had to walk to the main road to catch the bus back. The palace ruins were on a scale that was... More
Very nice and real ruins. Easy to find, and can be visit easly. only 4 Euro to enter. kindly staff, good little museum. to see
This is a large site, without the extensive rebuilding additions (courtesy of Arthur Evans) that are evident at Knossos. There are footprints of many many rooms, visible courtyards, paved areas, steps and other remains. Different stones have been used in different parts. Depending on how you do the grouping, there are about 6 separate areas of ruins to view. At... More
Interesting set of ruins East of Malia beach. There is still a lot of excavation to be completed, and part of the site is currently fenced off as a protective roof is constructed. There is a lot of information available about this site, and you need to read this to understand the site. The site is not well signposted, but... More
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