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“Can't help but being impressed by the civilizations this represented”
Review of Gournia

Gournia
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Owner description: An ancient town dating back over 3,500 years, excavated and restored to show visitors how common people lived in ancient Greece.
New York City, New York
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349 reviews
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“Can't help but being impressed by the civilizations this represented”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Not over run by tourists, easily accessible!

Hard to believe how they achieved this construction.

What's to dislike about an ancient civilization!

Visited June 2014
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South Wales
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“better then the other sites”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We've seen quite a few Minoan sites in Crete, but this one was our favorite. Not many people go there; chances are you will enjoy the peaceful and unique atmosphere of quite well preserved town with its narrow streets and steps not bothered by anyone.

Visited May 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating view into the past”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

This place requires some imagination but it will take you on an incredible voyage in the past. This is not your regular highly touristic site - the parking is just a dusty road next to an olive tree orchard, there are no refreshments and tour buses. Travel as early as possible in order to avoid the heat and enjoy the incredible views. There are very few visitors here - and that is a pity and blessing at the same time. The entry fee is just 2€.

Visited September 2013
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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340 reviews
198 attraction reviews
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“A hillside Minoan settlement”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Gournia is located to the side of the Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra road and is accessed via a dusty track that leads off the main road. Park where you like, or where you can. The site may not be as impressive as either Knossos or Phaistos but each Minoan site on Crete is different, and for me, Gournia's wonderful location puts it up there with the rest.

You may stroll around freely, there are few concessions to visitors but then again, who wants fast food outlets or restaurants in such a place?

Gournia had close links with ancient Ierapetra, or Ierapytna as is was then, and by controlling the route across the narrowest part of the island that links the two places, this avoided the need for hazardous maritime trips.

The site is peaceful and the day we visited, there were no more than a dozen other visitors. There's been very little reconstruction, you are left to come to your own conclusions as to how the site may have looked in 1500BC, the New Palace period of Minoan occupation, which is when these remains date to, although Gournia had been inhabited since 3000BC.

We thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and spent an hour or walking in the footsteps of those ancient Cretans, with just the occasional whoosh from a passing coach or truck to remind us that we were actually in the 21st century.

Gournia is as important a site as any other on Crete, it's a little out of the way but the buses to Ierapetra do pass by the site. Bear in mind that as with many of Crete's sites, Gournia is closed on Mondays.

Visited September 2013
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59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Not as good as Knossos”
Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

Not exactly tourist friendly. No carpark, stifling heat without shade or refreshments. No guide or clear signposts around the site. Amazing lack of investment considering the potential.

Visited August 2013
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