If in your travel agency there is talk of Malia, it does not always refer to the closer surroundings of the village center. Hotels on the beaches of Stalida (3 kilometers West) and even in Sissi (6 kilometers East) are being listed under the label of "Malia" as well. Concerning the intensive nightlife this makes sense, as in this regard the two neighbouring villages belong to Malia's commuting area.
Most of the big hotels stand along the beach, and by its eastern edge there is a very old tiny fishing port. A big pier was built in front of two neighbouring spits of land, and moneyed tourists can nowadays park their yachts in the much bigger port that has been made up this way. There is also another small port at Sissi, and this one is very picturesque because it is mostly natural.
By the eastern village border of Malia
there is an excavation site
which is really worth a visit. If you have seen only Knossos
and the Archaeological Museum
before, you will not believe how interesting a small town from the Minoan times
The Minoan small town near Malia has been excavated under the direction of French archaeologists who very lovingly prepared several architectonic models of the site. You can exactly see what the dwelling houses looked like in those times and where the handicraft enterprises and the stocks of food were located. And when you enter the square in the town center and imagine how the Minoans celebrated their religious and secular feasts in those times, archaeology starts to become very lively.
Those tourists who populate the bars of Malia are not necessarily the same who are interested in Minoan small towns. But you can visit the excavation site by rental car from outside as well, as just in front of the entrance there is a big parking ground.
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