Malia Tours and Tickets

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Expand your knowledge about local history in Crete during a visit to Malia, once a thriving Minoan city with an impressive palace complex. The small site is home to excavations that reveal fascinating details, such as a luxurious bath, but Malia today is perhaps best known for the resorts and Ibiza-style nightlife of neighboring Malia town.

  • Open: Tue - Sun, 8:30am - 4pm
  • Malia, Crete, 700 07

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Malia hours of operation?
Malia hours of operation: Open: Tue - Sun, 8:30am - 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Q:How big is the Palace of Malia?
A:The Palace of Malia covers an area of around 7,500 square meters (80,729 square feet). This colossal archeological site is the third-largest of Crete’s Minoan palaces; during a visit, you can see the palace’s foundations and the layout of its rooms, including a large central courtyard and ceremonial steps.
Q:Is Malia a good place to go?
A:Yes, Malia is a good place to go. Aside from sandy beaches and nightlife, the big draw for history buffs is the archeological site roughly 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of the town. You can see the preserved ruins of a Minoan palace and its adjoining settlement.
Q:Why is Malia famous?
A:Malia is famous for its buzzing nightlife scene, which is particularly popular with travelers under 30. However, it’s not all clubs and partying—the island is also renowned for housing the Malia Palace Archaeological Site, one of Crete's three major Minoan palaces believed to date back to 1900BC.
Q:Does Malia have a port?
A:Yes, Malia has a small port on its outskirts but this is really for fishing boats and small vessels. For cruise ships and ferries, you'll need the busier port of Heraklion. It takes around 30 minutes by car if traveling between Malia to Heraklion Port.
Q:Is Malia busy in July?
A:Yes, Malia is usually busy in July as this tends to be the peak tourist season in Crete. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere and lots of sunshine, it’s a good time to come. However, for a quieter visit that still has plenty of sun, aim for April through June instead.
Q:Is Malia ok for older people?
A:Yes, Malia is ok for older visitors. Though it's often associated with the lively 18-30’s nightlife scene, there's an abundance of attractions well-suited for the mature traveler, such as the Malia Palace Archaeological Site. For a more relaxed experience, avoid the peak months of July and August.