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Lato

#151 of 563 things to do in Crete
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Amazing Ancient Town

if you like your history then a trip to Lato is a must. This ancient town was built as a fortress of sorts in a mountain pass about 5BC. Parts of the town, the temple, agora etc... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you like your history then a trip to Lato is a must. This ancient town was built as a fortress of sorts in a mountain pass about 5BC. Parts of the town, the temple, agora etc are easy to see. We were amazed to be charged just two euros to enter and we stayed for a couple of hours.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Lato is an ancient town of the Doric period, around 5 BCE. The Dorians were Iron Age people, unlike the Bronze Age Minoans, and the contrast between Lato and Minoan villages is striking. With iron tools the Dorians could work limestone blocks very finely and you'll see many examples of finely worked and intricately fitting stone blocks at Lato. The... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Looks like nothing at the entrance but well worth the hike up to see it.!! And only 2euros. Closed on monday.

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Thank SusanGwynnethE
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

After walking the Kritsa gorge (superb 2hr walk) we walked on to Lato not sure what to expect. Not at all developed in to a tourist spot (only 2 euro entry) rather you can walk all over the ruins and imagine what it was like (as there is little guidance provided). Walk round houses, cisterns, temple and theatre. Great views... More 

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Steyning, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It's so good to see a historical place that has not been over-restored. Oh, and amazing views of the valleys inland and of Agios Nikolaos at the coast.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We visited the Minoan settlement at Lato at lunchtime in July. The site and seting are fabulous and well worth the detour if you are passing. The site is well signed from Kritsa. There is good parking and toilets but no cafe faciities. Entry is jusr 2 euros. There is no guidebook available so read up before you go. The... More 

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Thank Stephen P
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This is a must while in Agios Nicolaos. This place is amazing!! You can experience the whole site by yourself.. Almost no boundaries ( just be respectful with the monument as you would in any other historical site ). For me this is much better than the palace of Knossos. The site have barely been restored, so will experience the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Truly fascinating and well worth the 2EUR entry fee. Walking through the ruins you can smell the wild herbs and see the wild olive trees swaying. Just imagine how they used to live.

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Thank Raj O
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

High up on a mountain with spectacular views. Untouched ancient history. A steep climb up and down (with hindsight flip flops were not the best footwear choice?!?) but worth it. A real taste of the past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

We have recently visited Ancient Apthera, and Polyrrhenia on Crete, and now Ancient Lato. Each have their own special story and experience. We were incredibly impressed with Ancient Lato as the extent of stone structures and intact walls were extensive. As the books say, Ancient Lato was spared major destruction in past battles, and has not been reconstructed - it... More 

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