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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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my favourite Minoan palace

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Durham, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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

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

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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Vollezele, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Very nicely presented site of the Minoan times. Surely not over-restored. Worth a visit. Guided tours would be welcome to give more explanation and unfortunately all of the artefcacts found have been moved to the museum in Heraklion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Phaistos was the most beautiful of the archaeological sites we saw in our two-week trip around Crete. It is well-preserved with the remains of many interesting structures, and the setting is also inspiring. We arrived in the late afternoon and stayed until a few minutes before closing time, the best time to visit, as it was cool, the colors were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

After visiting The Malia palace / ruins and being disappointed we were far more impressed here. Phaistos was so much better organised, clean and welcoming. Although the ruins were of a similar quality we really felt this archaeological site was worth the visit. Well done to the Phaistos team... If you have to choose between the two sites, choose this... More 

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Rethymnon Prefecture, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I love it it is much more nicer and quiet then Knossos. It smaller and have nice view I really enjoy it there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Festos is the equivalent on the south coast of Crete to Knossos on the north coast. But unlike Knossos, it has been left comparitably unmolested. Where work has been undertaken to ensure the site does not decay any further, it has been done with the minimum of intrusion and with no speculation as to size and usage, as is the... More 

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