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I love ancient cities

I wasn't sure what to expect since I only read it wasn't as big and touristic as Knossos... But I... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
NinDinja
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Drenthe Province, The Netherlands
Phaistos

Minoan site where the mysterious Phaistos disc was found. Located in Timbaki. The views over the... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
KarinAndFilip
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Eeklo, Belgium
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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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Reviewed October 5, 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect since I only read it wasn't as big and touristic as Knossos... But I really enjoyed walking through the remains. Some of the houses/rooms seem very well intact and with some imagination it comes to live. Would definitly recommend!

1  Thank NinDinja
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Minoan site where the mysterious Phaistos disc was found. Located in Timbaki. The views over the Messara Plain are incredible.

1  Thank KarinAndFilip
Reviewed September 26, 2018

These are the remains of a Bronze age town and palace. Unlike Knossos, there is no unnecessary reconstruction and there's enough left to imagine what the original buildings were like (a tour guide would be able to fill in more historical details). I believe this...More

2  Thank SevenoaksSinjun
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Phaistot is - for me - the best historical place in Creta. And from the terrace in the small souvenirs shop you can see the whole Messara plate. Unique view!

1  Thank Eva J
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

This site is far better than the more famous and flashy Knossos. Set on a hilltop overlooking the stunning valleys and hills of Crete the views are fabulous. The ruins are not reconstructed assumptions and there is enough detail to get a good feel for...More

1  Thank kathinated
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

Phaistos is not as well known as Knossos, but is just as lovely, and, for those more interested in archeology than fantasy, less ruined by dodgy recreations. Like all sites nearly 4,000 years old it can be difficult to see the palace from the ruins,...More

1  Thank Matthew C
Reviewed September 1, 2018

High up, overlooking the surrounding valley, Phaistos is a Minoan treasure. When we visited it was late afternoon and very quiet, which made the visit even more special. Walking through the ruins it's easy to imagine what this might have been like thousands of years...More

1  Thank Matt W
Reviewed August 25, 2018

We stopped here along our drive from from Heraklion to Agia Galina. It was a great place to get out and explore for 1-2 hours. It was easy to find with ample parking, and it wasn't too crowded even in August. It's the perfect place...More

1  Thank SuzyQ2828
Reviewed June 21, 2018

This Minoan archaeological site is very impressive and worth the distance to travel to see it. It is on top of a hill overlooking the Massara plane. The views are spectacular from the site. There are nice green spaces around the site and a very...More

2  Thank Brendan D
Reviewed June 19, 2018

We went to Phaistosduring a trip to our final destination, coming from the south we took the first signposted turn off which took us along a dirt track wending it's way around the mountainside we arrived to find a proper road. Anyway it was worth...More

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John181730
July 2, 2018|
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Response from handr40 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I can't really help. We were there midweek. However, you might try this website which suggests that it is open every day. odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh355.jsp?obj_id=2363
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CydnHank
May 5, 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
August 15, 2016|
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Response from HenkHogeweg | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, the fee is € 8 pp
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