To the East of the resort is the Minoan Palace of Malia.This is the third largest Minoan Palace in Crete,built in a wonderful setting by the sea,on the road linking eastern and central Crete.This Palace-the seat,according to myth,of Minos'brother Sarpedon-was first constructed circa 1900 B.C.the already large settlement,some parts of which are preserved around the Palace,thus became a Palace-city.This first Palace was destroyed circa 1700 B.C and rebuilt circa 1650 B.C,on the same site and with the same layout.finally the new Palace was destroyed circa 1450 B.C and not reoccupied.During the Mycenean period a small building,probably a sanctuary was constructed in the ruins.
At Malia we can actually walk around the Palace,just as it was uncovered by archaeological excavations.most of the ruins visible today belong to the Neopalatial complex-the 2nd Palace-whose rooms are set around 3 courts.
The palace is open:8am till 7.30pm tues-fri. Entrance fee is:2.50 Euros
The Palace of Malia is situated to the east of the resort, it is the third largest of the Minoan palaces in Crete. The Minoan name for the Palace is not known and it takes its name from the local town. This palace - the seat, according to myth, of Minos’ brother Sarpedon - was first constructed around 1900 BC. This palace was destroyed around 1700 BC and rebuilt around 1650 BC, on the same site and with the same layout, this palace was again destroyed around 1450 BC and not reoccupied.
November to March
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
April to October
Monday: 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 am to 7:30 pm
The beach of is long with fine white sand and crystal-clear waters and is considered as one of Crete’s finest beaches. Now that Malia is so popular if you want some peace you may need to walk along the shore until you see a stretch with less people so that you can lay down your towel and go into the sea.
Quad bikes are a fun, and one of the only, ways to see the amazing sites of malia. We went out on ours at least three times a day, whether it was to find some quiet, to pick up food and drink, or just to explore. There are, however a few problems with these motors. They do not always give you helmets with the quad bikes, and if you are caught not wearing one the police will shout and scream for registration documents. Also, the signs are unclear of where you can and can't go (who knew the strip was a one-way street!) and the Greek drivers, only word that comes to mind is CRAZY!
Probably the most exciting day of your holiday!! Where you are guaranteed to have a day full of "Dirty Fun"!!. Explore the Cretan mountains, visit the caves, experience local life with Land Rover Jeeps. Professional Drivers.
We follow the trails of historical Crete, where no ordinary vehicle can reach. We experience the true life of Crete, witnessing its traditions, seeing the true natural beauty, historical monuments, archeological finds, national parks, the local people and their rugged way of life.
We travel well off the beaten track using our Land Rover "Defenders" which is a safe and hassle free way of witnessing the places and wildlife that most people only see in the brochures or from an armchair.
There were a few groups of guys and a few groups of girls when we were out in Malia for special occasions such as birthdays, hen nights, stag nights etc....
Some of the bars/clubs have a funnel for these special occasions in which they pour a whole pint of a coctail through the funnel and one person will drink as much as they can from it. Here is a photo i got of some lads dressed as nuns trying the funnel..... so give it a try for a bit of fun on your occasion. Prices were 10 Euros for this.