The very quiet area of Makrigialos with the plain and the sheltered beach could not be ignored by the Minoans, who left important traces of habitation. The main finding is a rural mansion, a miniature Minoan palace in position Plakakia, found in 1971 by Kostas Davaras.
The villa dates back to 1480-1425BC and was probably a center of commercial control of the plain of Makrigialos and its harbor. It was destroyed by fire.
The villa had a large central courtyard, tiled floors, strong external walls, secondary courtyards, rooms, a sanctuary and a place where a sacred palm tree, as seen from a found stamp depicting a sacred ship, a priestess and a palm tree.