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Ancient site - with stunning views

Dorian city-state, so therefore not as old as the Minoan ruins elsewhere on Crete. But the views... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Ancient stones to climb around

The road up to Lato is an easy drive. There weren't many people visiting so parking was no issue... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
Carole E
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

Dorian city-state, so therefore not as old as the Minoan ruins elsewhere on Crete. But the views are just fabulous - looking down to the coast and Agios Nikolaos on one side, the olive groves on another, and the mountains to the south. You must...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

The road up to Lato is an easy drive. There weren't many people visiting so parking was no issue either. There are toilets on site. The climb up can eventually be challenging depending on how high you want to go. The ancient settlement is one...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Carole E
Reviewed 17 October 2018

A wonderful site amongst the hills with stunning views. Amazingly intact site. good interpretation on site in English. We had the whole place to ourselves for the first hour or so. Also good site for birdwatching and flowers

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We were staying in Kritsa so did the Lato site as it was in the next village. What a find, how exciting! I'm no historian but the amazing site blew me away. I still can't get my head around the age of these ruins and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

We hired a car and decided to give this place a go. The satnav didn't quite take us to the destination so head towards Krista once you are in the village, you will see a sign post with lato. Follow the windy narrow road (not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Worth a look, no facilities there just a pay office. The site is bigger than it first appears and we spent one and a half hours wandering around. It does involve some climbing and the ground is uneven so wear good footwear. The views from...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018

This site received only 1 Michelin star, but we were much more impressed. Situated at a hilltop with pretty views towards Agia Nikolaos and the sea, these remains from the 4th-3th century BC are by themselves imposing and pleasant to explore. Recommended!

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Ben1275
Reviewed 16 May 2018

A little off the beaten track but only five minutes drive from the tourist honeypot of Kritsa, this is a very evocative site. Not over interpreted or reconstructed like Knossos, the extensive remains are left to speak for themselves. Well guided compared with other Cretan...More

Date of experience: May 2018
5  Thank Phil S
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Once a very important settlement, and now in ruins, Lato still resonates with its glorious past. Sitting on the steps is the right place to sense it.

Date of experience: May 2017
4  Thank Busybee888
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Quite a way out of town into the mountains, Lato is relatively modern compared to the Minoan sites, c500BC. It avoids all the errors of Knossos and is little more than a few piles of stones and some scant info boards. But it is fascinating...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank simonbb17
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Jessica B
10 July 2018|
Response from Tara P |
Hi Jessica. You've probably been there by now but for anybody else who has this question needed answering for the future..... Yes there are toilets on the site. Well, actually just before the kiosk.
Alex B
31 July 2017|
Response from John46H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I do not know - I had a hire car.