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Palace of Malia

Stroll around one of the best-preserved Minoan palaces in the country and learn how this ancient civilization lived.

See the Palace of Malia’s famous Kernos construction and climb the preserved Grand Staircase. Hear about rituals and ceremonies that took place at the altar and see storage rooms where the ancient Minoans kept their supplies. Learn about this fascinating civilization in the information center. Find out about priceless treasures unearthed in archaeological digs.

The Palace of Malia is the third-largest Minoan palace on Crete. It is said to have been the palace of Sarpedon, the brother of King Minos. Archaeologists have dated the original building back to 1900 B.C., though it was destroyed around 1650 B.C. Most of what you see today are parts of the second palace. This was destroyed around 1450 B.C., most likely in an earthquake, but much of it remains extremely well preserved. Walk around the grounds for a fascinating insight into Minoan culture.

Enter via the eastern gate; the large space of a central courtyard is before you. To your left are the Royal Treasury and the Magazines (storage rooms). Take a look around and note the large clay pots or “pithos,” which were used to store essential supplies such as olive oil or grain. Wander through the central courtyard where you’ll see paving stones that Minoans walked on thousands of years ago.

Make your way past the altar and imagine the ritual sacrifices and ceremonies that took place here. Moving west, don’t miss the Palace of Malia’s most famous monument, the Kernos of Malia. This is a circular stone construction with a hole in the middle. Archaeologists believe this was used to perform a ritual where the first harvests were given to the gods.

A short walk north of the palace you’ll find the necropolis where the Minoans buried their dead. Excavations here have uncovered many treasures, including the famous golden bee pendant, now housed in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

The Palace of Malia is located 22 miles (37 kilometers) east of Heraklion. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year, so check locally before making the trip here. There is a small charge for entry.


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Lodging Near Palace of Malia

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Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa

Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa

Promenade Area, Malia
4.6
of 5, from 41 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Malia hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Stalis Beach, Palace of Malia, and Lychnostatis. Port of Hersonissos and Star Beach Water Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Cretan Malia Park

Cretan Malia Park

Cretan Malia Park, Malia
4.6
of 5, from 49 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Malia hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Palace of Malia and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Stalis Beach. Sissi Mini Golf and Lychnostatis are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Carolina Mare - All Inclusive

Carolina Mare - All Inclusive

Malia, Malia
4.0
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Malia, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palace of Malia, Stalis Beach, and Sissi Mini Golf. Lychnostatis and Star Beach Water Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Malia Bay Beach Hotel & Bungalows

Malia Bay Beach Hotel & Bungalows

101 Malia, Malia
2.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Malia, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palace of Malia, and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Stalis Beach. Sissi Mini Golf and Lychnostatis are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Silver Sun

Silver Sun

Minoos Street, Malia
3.9
of 5, from 35 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Malia apartment is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palace of Malia and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Stalis Beach. Sissi Mini Golf and Star Beach Water Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Marianna Studios

Marianna Studios

37, Machis Kritis Str., Malia
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Palace of Malia and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Stalis Beach. Sissi Mini Golf and Lychnostatis are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Nikos Hotel

Nikos Hotel

Malia, Malia
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Malia, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Palace of Malia and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Stalis Beach. Sissi Mini Golf and Lychnostatis are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Sea Side Malia Apartments

Sea Side Malia Apartments

Almirolakkos, Malia
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Malia, this beach apartment is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palace of Malia and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Stalis Beach. Sissi Mini Golf and Star Beach Water Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).