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Malia is the third largest Minoan palace, and it is located East of Heraklion. While not as extensively reconstructed as Knossos, the archaeological site is easy to navigate. The ground is relatively flat, and during my visit, I found myself strolling pleasantly among the low ruins of the foundations. The plan is well exposed, and there are enough details among the ruins to keep one busy for a few hours.

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 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.


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