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Best Minoan site on the island

This site is far better than the more famous and flashy Knossos. Set on a hilltop overlooking the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kath M
Hamilton, United Kingdom
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On par with Knossos

Phaistos is not as well known as Knossos, but is just as lovely, and, for those more interested in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Matthew C
London, United Kingdom
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed June 11, 2018

You must get out and witness the splendor to the ancient Crete accomplishments. It is amassing what the locals did thousands of years ago...Bring your camera and a bottle of water and get an education......Just Awesome

1  Thank Alejandro R
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Impressive: the dimensions, the way it has been built, the organisation inside: all this 4000 years ago. The surrounding is also very nice, the Mesara plan was famous since ancient times, fertile and source for food to the Minoan people. There are several plates with...More

Thank mauro_ts_it
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

It is truly amazing to see what people achieved 3 to 4,000 years ago. This does presume that the reconstruction is an accurate reproduction of what actually existed. Unless you are an archaeologist with superficial understanding of the site, it can be quite difficult to...More

Thank handr40
Reviewed May 19, 2018

Built on a hill with spectacular views of the Mesara Plain. It is famous as the place where the Phaistos disc was found. This can be seen in the Museum in Heraklion. It is less developed & quieter than Knossos. It gives a good idea...More

1  Thank Traveller1XX
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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
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
August 15, 2016|
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Response from HenkHogeweg | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, the fee is € 8 pp