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“East of today's Malia lies the Minoan palace of Malia. It is built on a privileged location, close to the sea and on the road that connects the eastern with central Crete. The palace of Malia in mythology served as the residence of Sarpidon, a brother of Minos, and was first built in 1900 BC. The pre-existing strong settlement, from which neighborhoods are preserved around the palace, is thus converted into a palatial city-center. In Malia we are fortunate to walk to the actual palace, as archaeologists excavated it. Most of the ruins that are visible today belong to the new palace complex, the second palace, whose premises are located around 3 courtyards, the central, the northern and the "yard of the tower". It is a palace that provokes the interest of the visitor for its magnificent dimensions, its complex design and its multiple details. Life in the palace of Malia flows, as in the other palaces, at the same pace. So let's try and imagine the daily Minoan occupations, ceremonies and celebrations in the big yard. The area has several sights such as historic temples and natural beauty. It is worth visiting the church of Our Lady of Galatians and admiring its famous hagiographies. There are also the temples of St. John the Baptist, the Taxiarches, St. Demetrius and Evangelismos, Agia Pelagia and St. George. The church of St. George has many old frescoes and the tradition says it was built to protect the saint who stayed there from the fairies, which in their praise are presented in the area.”
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“The Malia beachfront is full of restaurants, shops and countless bars and clubs that are bustling with life and movement from the frantic entertainment of young tourists during the summer season.”
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“Great sandy beach located at malia antiquities, featuring excellent umbrella arrangements, and a great shack for lunch and drinks. The place is called kalyva and the food is great. This beach is directly under the Aegean sea so it tends to get a bit windy, but the sea will make it up to you. ”
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Point of Interest
“ Aposelemis dam was a technical project that was finally completed in 2012. At the bottom of the dam there is the small village of Sfentyli, the few inhabitants of which were removed. The waters of Lake Lagkada, as the wider region is called, come mainly from the Lassithi Plateau. The lake has become an important wetland in a few years.”
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“Malia is located 37 kilometers east of Heraklion, on the way to Agios Nikolaos. The main road seems to divide the town in two, the old Malia at the foothill of Mount Selena and the newer part towards the shoreline. Malia is an unusual small town, unlike any other in Crete. It used to be known for its delicious potatoes. But times changed, the tourists started coming to Crete and the potato fields of Malia were replaced by hotels large and small, tavernas and bars. ”
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“Family restaurant with Greek and International cuisine for romantic dining in Malia Old Town in Saint George's Square | Greek evening with live music weekly”
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“A beautiful restaurant with authentic Mediterranean and Cretan kitchens, where there was a house over 150 years old..”
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“Family restaurant with Greek and International cuisine for romantic dining in Malia Old Town in Saint George's Square | Greek evening with live music weekly”
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“A beautiful restaurant with authentic Mediterranean and Cretan kitchens, where there was a house over 150 years old..”
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“The Red Lion pub & restaurant in Malia (beach road) was established in 1999 and through all these years we are proud to serve excellent dishes at the lowest possible prices. Your best choice for traditional British breakfasts, snacks and international dishes in town.”
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