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Malia Heraklion: Malia is a town situated 36 km south-east of Heraklion Town, on the northern coast of Crete, in the Gulf of Malia. It has 2500 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in tourism. This coastal town welcomes thousands of visitors every summer and offers numerous tourist facilities. The town lies around the natural bay and consists of the old and modern town.
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The old town is quite picturesque with narrow alleys, numerous taverns, bars and shops that receive large crowds during the summer. The modern town is still developing, yet it preserves its old and authentic character.
The archaeological site of Malia Crete is worth-seeing with its superb Minoan mansion which has survived from the Minoan city that used to stand there. Another interesting site is the Palace of Malia which can be found 3 kilometres east of the town. It is the third largest Minoan Palace of Greece, and covers an area of 7500 sq km.
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