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Explore the archaeological ruins to see a central palace courtyard, ceremonial steps, and workshops (some of the ancient sculptures and relics unearthed here have been relocated to the archaeological museum in Heraklion). Learn about how the seafront palace and town were destroyed by an earthquake. Several tours in Crete include a visit to Malia, both sightseeing tours and private tours that can be customized according to individual interests.
The archaeological ruins at Malia and the town of the same name are located approximately 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of the capital, on the coast of Crete. The site is located 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) east of the town of Malia and the two are connected by taxi and bus services.
The most popular time of year to visit Crete is from May through October, with peak season occupying the summer months. Travelers looking to avoid the crowds and hot temperatures might want to plan a trip during the cooler months of spring and fall.
Continue an exploration into Minoan history in Crete with a visit to the Palace of Knossos. The same earthquake that destroyed the seafront palace and town of Malia also toppled Knossos. Today, the palace ruins are worth a visit to see villas, palaces, tombs, wall paintings, and more.