Apart from the palace, a very important necropolis
has been found near the coast, at the Northeast of the palace. The necropolis
dates back to the Old Palace period and the most important part has been
excavated at Chryssolakos, with a big funerary complex. It is at this
place that has been found the famous necklass presenting two bees (a
symbol of fertility), now housed in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
Apart from the very important ruins of the Minoan period, it is also
worth seeing the church of Panaghia Galatiani, with the wonderful wall
A traditional feast with the revival of the old custom "Xynochondros
and Mouzoudia" takes place in the town during the Carnical. As the climate
is very mild and staying here very pleasant even in February, when the
feast takes place, it is worth visiting the area in this period of time
and enjoy it with the residents, in an atmosphere of fun and amusement.
Accommodation in Malia is plenty; many hotels of all categories, studios
and rooms to let are available. Food and drink are offered in the taverns
and restaurants of the town (there are several of them), as well as in
the cafes. You will not miss night life and fun, as there are a lot of
good haunts for young people, famous bars and clubs.
Swimming is possible at the sandy beach of the town, as well as at the
nearby beaches of Stalida (3 kilometres far from Malia at the West) and
Potamos, the eastern end of the long beach in front of Malia, much less
crowded than the rest of the beach.
Access from Heraklion is very easy following the National road; public
buses run frequently and you can always use a taxi and of course rented
or private cars and motorbikes