Malia is an unusual small town, unlike any other in Crete and is located 37 kilometers east of Heraklion, on the way to Agios Nikolaos. Malia is full of hotels large and small, tavernas and bars.
Malia have two different faces:
1) the old Malia with its narrow streets, houses with bougainvilleas and little tavernas with live Greek music, and
2) the coastal resort with its bars, nightclubs and nightlife of young people from 23:00 at night into the early hours.
It was developed during the ottoman rule and it is dedicated to St George.
The monastery is also known as Lady of the Angels Monastery of Gonia (Gonia = Corner) due to its location on the western edge-corner of the bay of Chania.
The site is said to have been indicated by a monk to whom St Minas appeared in a vision.
The monastery of ‘Toplou’ or of the Virgin Mary of the Cape ‘Panagia Akrotiriani’ constitutes the most important fortified monastic complex of northeastern Crete, with an imposing bell-tower decorated in renaissance style rising on its western side, above the main gate.