Malia Old Town

While in Malia, a visit to the Old Town is an absolute must. As you wander through the narrow streets, you’ll come across small squares, old churches, cafés, restaurants and even live music, all giving you a taste of Malia from times gone by.

There are lots of people still living in the Old Town, so you’ll come across local children playing on the street while their parents and neighbours look on, chatting in the shade. There’s plenty of sights to explore too, including impressive wall paintings found inside the church at Agios Nektariosa. You’ll also come across the oldest church in Malia, Panagia Galatiani, which was built using mud mixed with animal milk donated by local shepherds.

During your visit to the Old Town, don’t miss the Venetian church Agios Ioannis. Surrounded by bougainvillea, it’s a beautiful place for pictures, so make sure you remember your camera. Nearby is a picturesque square in front of Agios Dimitrios church, where you should look out for the old kiosk that was built after the Second World War to provide work for wounded soldiers. You’ll also be able to see the town’s only restored water well, which was used by Malia residents right up until the 1960s.

In the evening, wander through the streets of the Old Town before finding a taverna to relax in with a cool drink. Order yourself some mezze, listen to the live music, and soak up the atmosphere of this charming, historic part of Malia.