District Area: 291.9 km2
Leader: Kostas Mamoulakis
Name and Etymology:
Malevizi was formerly a province of Crete which was abolished in the Kallikratis reforms. It is composed of the towns of Gazi, Tylisos, and Krousonas.
Malevizi hosts the main power plant on Crete, as well as a significant amount of tourist-oriented development on its north coast. It is also marketing itself as an eco-destination.
Malevizi features some Minoan archaeological remains. In the early modern era, Malevizi, like the rest of Crete, was contested between the Venetians and the Ottomans. The Ottomans conquered the area in 1669. Crete became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1898 and enacted union with mainland Greece in 1908. Cretan Muslims, about 12% of the population, moved to Anatolia during the population exchange of 1923-24. Malevizi is said to be the hometown of the painter El Greco and there is an El Greco museum there.