MALIA is located 37 km east of Heraklion. The sandy beaches of the Sea of Crete to the north, the mountain of Dikti to the south, and a little valley lying between them - this is the peaceful scene we see on reaching Malia, 37 km east of Heraklion or 25 Km west of Agios Nikolaos. Malia Minoan Palace To the east of the modern resort is the Minoan Palace of Malia. This is the third-largest Minoan palace in Crete, built in a wonderful setting near 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 BC. 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 BC and rebuilt circa 1650 BC, on the same site and with the same layout. Finally the new palace was destroyed circa 1450 BC 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 actual palace, just as it was uncovered by archaeological excavations. Most of the ruins visible today belong to the Neopalatial complex - the second palace - whose rooms are set around three courts: the Central Court, the North Court and the Tower Court. The majestic size, complex plan and multiple details of the palace make it a fascinating place to visit. Life here was much the same as in the other palaces. Let’s try to imagine Minoan daily life, the ceremonies and festivities held in the great court…
Tranditional TAVERNA WITH LOKAL CUSINE ( 100 METERS)
Agios Nikolaos & Elounda ( 20-25 k.m.)
The Sissi, Sissi, or otherwise, is a beautiful small resort on the north coast of Crete in the prefecture of Lasithi. It is 40 km from Heraklion and 25 km from Agios Nikolaos. It is an ideal alternative to crowded resorts and noisy, mostly preferred by younger people, without forgetting all the necessary infrastructure to be able to offer great vacation. Why not just Sissi beach. The Sissi is a lovely traditional fishing village built on the base of a mountain that rises, protective, behind him. The photos are suitable for postcards.
The village and port, will find taverns and restaurants, some bars, cafes and shops, which most are open all year round.
For swimming there are several small beaches. The beach sands of Eagle Owl next to the village and small beach groove soon.
There are trails for visitors who love walking and the beautiful streets of the village and the magnificent scenery around the village of Sissi, where they can feel the contact with nature. In addition to wonderful walks, there is path for mountain biking.
Visitors can enjoy the Cretan way of life, as
NEAR , VILLAGE SISSI & VRAXASI
Sissi is a small, cozy and quiet, but lively. We also visit the beautiful village Vrachasi, built above the southern slopes of Mount Anavlohos with beautiful views, as well as the villages of Sissi and Milatos Top also features traditional Cretan villages. So, if quiet and relaxing vacation or getaway is your desire, the Sissi awaits you!