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Gournia

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
2841 024 943
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Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Louth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It's great to find an archaeological site with few tourists. You can wander and complete a picture of life in a Minoan settlement.

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Worth a visit, very interesting site with few tourists. A group of students were excavating the site, very interesting to see what they had just uncovered! Bring water and a hat. Great value at €2 entry. Not much information available, some signs in English but no leaflet, however you do get a feel for the place from walking around.

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Valencia de Alcantara, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We had a guided tour of the site, it is relatively well preserved. We also met friendly archeologists excavating the site, and they explained us what they were doing. If you are visiting in late spring or summer, I advise you bring lot of water with you, and protect your head from the sun. The opening hours for visitors do... More

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New York City, New York
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105 reviews 105 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Not over run by tourists, easily accessible! Hard to believe how they achieved this construction. What's to dislike about an ancient civilization!

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South Wales
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 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.

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Bucharest, Romania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 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... More

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