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Ancient City of Phaistos

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Address: Messara Plain, Matala, Crete 70200, Greece
Phone Number: +30 2892042315
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.

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Almost....living history

Quite apart from the amazing views, Phaistos is the more believable Minoan palace. There are areas where encountering someone in Minoan costume, carrying a jar of oil, wouldn't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jackie Y
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite apart from the amazing views, Phaistos is the more believable Minoan palace. There are areas where encountering someone in Minoan costume, carrying a jar of oil, wouldn't surprise you. It's not so 'staged' as Knossos (even though Knossos is equally worth a visit) and Phaistos gives a much better idea of what life could be like. Truly living archaeology,... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The archeological site of ancient Phaistos is the best excavated and documented in Minoan era Crete. I was introduced to it by two experienced archaeologists from a small UK travel company, PeterSommerTravels. The lead archaeologist walked our small group through the Palace area as if we were being hosted in the general area and might have had a small meal... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

not hard to drive to from Heraklion. has good signage in English and so it was easy to walk around and figure out what most of the ruins were plus from the brochure you get with your ticket. we were almost the only ones there. quite nice to be able to stand in front of something and take your time... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Not much more to say other than if you are & Crete, you simply must visit. The views are stunning & the history surrounding you is mind blowing. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy it fully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Phaistos Palace is well worth the 8€ (it might be more during the tourist season). This place is really magical with exposed walls, large pots and incredible views. The history here is worthwhile, I won't ruin the surprise. :-) The cafe and gift shop are also lovely, delicious cappuccinos and exotic spices for purchase. Make this a place to stop!!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

better than Malia because there's more to see and it's clearer, better than Knossos in a way because it's not reconstructed.

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Agia Galini, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The best is to connect Phaistos with Agia Triada which is few km away. Knossos is the most famous, but if you are around Messara, Agia Galini - than at one day you can see Phaistos, Agia Triada, maybe also Kommos Beach and roman ruins of Gortyn - huge cultural input :)

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This is the second most important Cretan Palace after Knossos and was amazing, while being much quieter than Knossos. There is some information on boards but it is just fascinating to walk around. Compact site so not too far to walk all round the palace. The views across adjacent valleys show why it was built here. The on site café... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Interesting ruins. A few signs. Take your own guide book, Internet pages etc. The site is fairly compact so not too much walking and the views of the valley are beautiful. A few shaded places to sit. Cafe, shop and toilets on site.

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Maitland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

As an ancient history teacher this was one of my must sees in Crete and it didn't disappoint - not restored to its original but still an impressive site with fantastic views across the valleys surrounding it. Information booklet I got at the shop was an excellent accompaniment to the site but you don't need it if you just want... More 

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