Malia is a coastal town, 36 km east of Heraklion. Midway seems divides the city in two, the old town of Malia at the foot of Mount Selena and the newer part of town near the coastline.
Arriving in Malia will see northern Cretan Sea and south Mount Dikti. East lies the Minoan palace of Malia which is the third largest palace of Minoan Crete, built near the sea and onto the street. It is a palace with imposing dimensions, intricate design and detail. The most visible remains are the New Palace period (17th-15th century BC). According to mythology, here reigned brother of Minos Sarpedon. Outside the area of the palace near the coast, northeast of the palace, excavated the great Old necropolis with important piece large funerary complex at "Chrysolakos" which found the famous gold jewelry with two bees, fertility symbol stored in the Archaeological Museum Heraklion.
Apart from the Archaeological Palace, the area has many attractions including historic temples and natural beauty. It is worth visiting the church of Panagia Galatiani and admire the famous frescoes of.
The most popular beach, and one of the finest in Crete, is the beach "River." It is the ideal destination for those seeking tranquility and relaxation. Recently awarded the distinction of the Blue Flag.