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Malia is a town located along the northern coast of Crete, 36 km away from Heraklion. Heraklion is the capital of the island and it has an international airport and a port.

The town of Malia is divided in two parts (the old and the new town) by the main road. The old town with the narrow streets and the quaint spots where you can enjoy your meal or drink and the new town, the coastal resort with the frenzy nightlife, bars, restaurants and endless entertainment 24/7.

The town borders the Cretan Sea in the north and Mount Dikti in the south. On the east coast lies the Minoan palace of Malia (the third largest palace of Minoan Crete), which is as significant as the Minoan palaces of Knossos and Phaistos.

The rich history of the region dates back to the Neolithic Period and reaches its peak in the Minoan Era. Mythology has it that the king of the region was Sarpedon, Minos’ brother. Next to the palace, there are the excavations of the ancient necropolis (royal burial enclosure or cemetery), where the famous Minoan Bee Pendant, a symbol of fertility depicting two bees clutching a honeycomb, was found. The gold Bee Pendant is now one of the most famous exhibits on display in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

Nowadays, Malia, with its state-of-the-art hotels and tourism infrastructure, is one of the most popular destinations on Crete.

The area is ideal for exploration and excursions, not only in the surroundings, but also in the entire island, as it is situated in the centre of Crete. The surrounding area offers a variety of activities, sightseeing, natural beauty spots, beaches ideal for swimming and water sports and great food that allows for all tastes. 

Due to all these reasons and along with the Mediterranean climate and the hospitable people of Crete, Malia is a destination worth visiting.
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