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Ancient City of Phaistos

Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
+30 2892 042315
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The Palace of Phaistos on the road to Rethymnon: travelling back in time 4,000 years and the Phaistos Disc

On the road to Rethymnon, we travelled further back in time with a stop at the archaeological ruin... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
AussieSK
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Canberra, Australia
Very interesting

A great place to learn about Minoan culture. Amazing views over the countryside around it. Less... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jonathan S
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
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Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
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"information boards"
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"excellent site"
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"worth a visit"
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"gift shop"
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"archaeological site"
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"great history"
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"visited knossos"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

On the road to Rethymnon, we travelled further back in time with a stop at the archaeological ruin of the Palace of Phaistos. Are you standing because you need to be sitting to get ready for this gob-smacking date--4,000BC. Unlike the Palace of Knossos, you'll...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to learn about Minoan culture. Amazing views over the countryside around it. Less developed than Knossos, which we preferred. More natural and less imagined! Poor on site food though.

Thank Jonathan S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ancient City of Phaistos has not been reconstructed like the partially reconstructed Knossos. There no buildings, apart from some rocks here and there and some artifacts, but the place retains a mystery. It's a site several thousand years old. The Minoan civilisation thrived over...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

It's a bit of a schlep to get to this site - but worth it. Unlike Knossos with it's modern interpretation, this is a classic ancient site. Large in scope and one can appreciate the effort going into building such a structure so long ago....More

3  Thank Gil M
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Not as colourful or preserved as Kronos it still has the elegance a palace would have. The signage is good and quite informative. By looking over the valley below you can see why this palace was built to control the fertile land around. By looking...More

1  Thank BT3rd
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

In its spectacular setting overlooking the Mesara Plan visitors can absorb the scale and splendour our of a Minoan palace without the need of a paint job! It is actually far easier to appreciate the age of the excavated buildings here (4000 years) than it...More

4  Thank Belgo96
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

A fantastic, low tourist level authentic place to visit that's off the beaten track. A real nice place with some great history and information provided on the numerous boards dotted around the site. It's an €8 entrance fee so more expensive than most sites but...More

2  Thank ZBH88
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Phaistos is a Minoan palace site, once as important as Knossos, it has been very sympathetically excavated over the past 50 or so years, but has bit had any of the appalling reconstrauctions and interpretation as at Knossos, The information boards are factual and explain...More

1  Thank EABlam
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

I am a history buff so I love ruins but I do wish there was more information in each section of the ruins because it does leave you scratching your head a bit. There are information boards explaining what was found in an area, but...More

1  Thank BarbieMegaTraveller
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This place is beautiful; the setting is dramatic, with breathtaking views all around. The Palace itself is almost as large as Knossos and follows a similar plan. It's easy to navigate around by yourself with plenty of information boards, so go on your own and...More

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CydnHank
6 May 2017|
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Response from leanneandtony | Reviewed this property |
Hello CydnHank. I did not see any guides at Phaistos. It is much quieter and not as Touristy as Knossos. The information boards around the site are plentiful with quite a bit of information. Sorry I could not answer your... More
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LucyGuy
15 August 2016|
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Response from HenkHogeweg | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, the fee is € 8 pp
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Wendy S
4 August 2016|
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Response from Ric113 | Reviewed this property |
Hire a car but be ready for some exciting cretan driving and definitely buy the double ticket and go to Agia Triada as well. Deserted most of the time and stunning.
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