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Malia's Old Town

Sauntering around the labyrinth-like alleys of Malia's old village, many buildings deserve to be looked at up close and personal. Malia's face may have changed over the years; deep down, however, it still displays that little something, which makes it charming and cherished.

Kiosk ("períptero")
One of the last original Cretan institutions can be found on the cozy little square of Áyios Dimítrios: the "períptero". Established by the Greek government to settle disabled war veterans after World War II, the períptero was a mini store that sold cigarettes, newspapers and candy. A beautiful reminder of the old days, this one has even kept its original colour of a creamy yellow.

Virgins’ school ("parthenaghoyío")
This building, dating from the beginning of the 20th century, functioned as a girls' school until 1963 and on and off as a general school until 1970. During World War II German officers turned it temporarily into a social club; Later on it also shortly served as a soup kitchen. After being restored completely, it is now in use by the senior citizens who enjoy their coffee here in the cooling shade of the trees.

The well
Until the early 1960s Malia had no running water and so it was dependent on five wells that were located in the village. This one is restored to its original shape and a beautiful relic of Malia's older days.

War Monument
All of Malia's war heroes who fell in line of duty during World Wars I and II are honoured at this monument at the village's west entrance. Every year on March 25 and October 28 a wreath is laid to remember them.

Byzantine churches
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