Palace of Mallia

50 km (31 miles) north of Lasithi plateau, 37 km (23 miles) east of Heraklion.

In its effort to serve mass tourism, the town of Malia has submerged whatever character it might once have had. The sandy beach, overlooked by the brooding Lasithi mountains, is backed by a solid line of hotels and vacation apartments. The town itself may not be worth a visit, but the Minoan Palace of Malia on its outskirts definitely is.

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