Malia is an extensive site that includes the excavated palace, the agora to its north and a settlement a little further west. Both the agora and the settlement are covered by a large arched roof that protects the soft ground, and the visitor walks through a predetermined walkway that allows a bird's eye view of the ruins. Both sites were a pleasure to walk through, and they offer a unique view into the everyday life of the common Minoan people who made their living in the proximity of the palace.
The site is near several sandy beaches, and I found the idea of swimming after walking through the ruins irresistible. I also enjoyed walking through the small information center which houses a wealth of information alongside photographs of artifacts. Above all, the three-dimensional scale models of the reconstructed palace and the agora help the viewer understand how Malia might have looked during Minoan times.
Please visit Ancient-Greece.org for more information regarding the history of Malia.
|Malia palace reconstruction at the information center of the archaeological site||View from the excavations at area M|
|The foundation of the koulouras at the Malia palace. It is believed that they were grain storage structures|
|Irrigation drain at Malia palace.||The theatrical area at the palace of Malia. The main court is just to the right, and the Kernos disk in the foreground.|