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Gournia

Address: Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 2841 024 943
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: An ancient town dating back over 3,500 years, excavated and restored to show visitors how common...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: An ancient town dating back over 3,500 years, excavated and restored to show visitors how common people lived in ancient Greece.
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Denham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

You could take the time to visit this site, especially if you are and archeology buff. But actually, the site can be seen from the road above just as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If you are interested in early history and archaeological sites , this is for you. Best to have a guide to help interpret what you are looking at. Shop with all teh usual tat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Well worth a visit, very reasonably priced and easy to park. Take some water and wander around the buildings. They are still excavating part of the site as it was obviously very extensive. If you have a car combine it with a trip to nearby Vasiliki, another Minoan site. It's quite a small site and you have to scramble under... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Gournia is well sign posted just off the main road about 2 kms. before Pachia Ammos and visible from the road, on the hill to the right (travelling from Agios Nickolas). This is a well preserved MMIII/LM1A settlement with a small palace on top of the hill from the Neo Palatial period. There are also some later Mycenaean buildings to... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We went to see the archaeology and it is worth the stop - but bring an umbrella for some "shade" The site is well laid out and easy to walk around

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

a lot more to understand here without a guide than at Knossos (although a guide is need at Knossos) so around 30 minutes from Ag Nik is Gournia travel through istro carry on down a long wide new tar-maced road with a sneaky speed camera at the bottom of the hill, a few kilometers later the sign for Gournia comes... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

On the road to Sitia from Agios Nikolaos (it did not register on the satellite navigation I had as a town, which of course it isn't!) and a pleasant drive as well. Parking at the site is free and easy. A contrast to the archaeological sites of Malia and Knossos, this too has a charm of its own and commands... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

While Malia and Knossos have very little above ground, Gournia has a lot of the ground floor (stone built) rooms still intact, although obviously the first floor (wooden) levels have all gone. This is a stunning site with almost no other visitors. Again looks as though some investigations still continue. Walking round one could imagine them dragging sled loads up... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Like Malia Palace, this was really quiet with very few visitors. Fascinating history and only 2 Euros. Needs more marketing! Some new signage and a toilet would be handy but we really enjoyed wandering this site, which gave a good feel for what the town layout would have been like. It was amazing to walk on such ancient paths, so... More 

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Warrington, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Well worth a visit is interested in unspoilt cultural history. Gournia is a Bronze Age town that is well preserved with streets, building foundations and basements. Heritage signage gives visitor information for a number of locations but it is worth taking a guide book of some kind with more information to get the most from a visit. Not as well... More 

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