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Review of Lato

Ranked #162 of 592 things to do in Crete
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The Stunning Highlands
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Lato is situated just 3kms from Krista and only a few km's from Agios Nikolaos and is a fascinating ruined city built between a mountain pass in the 8th century BCE. On the way be sure to look out for a statue depicting the dying daughter of Kritsa as this is close to where she was fatally wounded (read up on her story and spot the house where she lived back in Kritsa). It was absolutely fascinating to walk around the ruins of the city and it was easy to conjure up in your mind just what it would have looked like almost 3000 years ago. As well as fascinating the views back down the valley in one direction and down to the Mirabello Bay alone make the visit worthwhile as they truly are spectacular.
The other great thing was that helped bring the whole site to life was the fact that you could just wander freely throughout and there were very few visitors there (just one other family when we visited).
We added a visit to Lato on the same day we visited Agios Nikolaos, the Katharo Plateau and Kritsa
p.s. The entry fee is only 2 euros and free for under 18s

Visited July 2013
3 Thank goanjock
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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“Fantastic site - superb views, hardly a soul there!”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

An ideal site to visit with the kids because they can clamber around, there are amazing views, hardly any other visitors (we were there mid July), practically free entrance (2euros per adult, kids free). Lots of "intact" buildings unlike Gournia down the road which is still being excavated but is nowhere near as interesting as Lato. We really enjoyed Lato. Its not far from Agios NIkolaus and you can take in the Byzantine frescoes in the church at Kritsa on the way. A mornings sightseeing before hitting the beach, perfect!

Visited July 2013
3 Thank ASkelton
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent archaeological site”
Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

In stark contrast to Knossos this site hasn't been ruined by reconstructions and better still you can wonder the site freely and without restriction. The views are excellent, both of the surrounding hills and the coast. The site itself is well worth a visit. We enjoyed it much more than Knossos. Go early to avoid the heat. We were alone at 8:30. Free parking and cheap entry. Recommend

Visited July 2013
2 Thank P E
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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“Lato: superb archaeological site”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Lato was an ancient city of Crete. The Dorian city-state was built in a defensible position overlooking Mirabello Bay between two peaks. Although the city probably predates the arrival of the Dorians, the ruins date mainly from the Dorian period (5th and 4th centuries BCE. And it's fantastic.
Uncrowded and fascinating to explore and imagine life in this place. How on earth did they build with such huge blocks? Also with amazing views - and so peaceful.

Access is a bit difficult, but ok for most with a bit of determination. But not for wheelchairs.

Kritsa is very close with places to eat and buy 'stuff'.

Visited May 2013
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Juneau, Alaska
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“We were the ONLY people visiting!”
Reviewed 21 December 2012 via mobile

Such a great place to explore. We were the only visitors there during our 1.5 hours of exploring! The sheep were curious as to who we were!

The ruins are beautiful and you have free reign of wandering around, and can get a great sense of life when this was built.

Enjoy the 360 view.

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