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Faistos (Prefecture of Iraklio), Matala, Crete 70200, Greece
+30 2892042315
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Matala
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Description: The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
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Oksboel, Denmark
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126 reviews 126 reviews
64 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I think Phaistos is more important than Knossos. The oldest palace from 1900 years before Christ. The next palace from 1450 years before Christ. It must have been a magnificient palace. And today it is a magnificient archaelogocal site. The location is fantastic.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A palace on top of a hill with a nice view over the valley. Not as busy as knossos but definitely can compete in terms of size and authenticity. At least not everything has been restored with concrete. Very hot though as there is little shade though

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Calgary, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took the bus from Matala here. You have to be sure to tell the people who sell you tickets where you want to go or they won't stop. The bus is also 5-10 minutes behind the schedule listed on the internet. We were only here for an hour and 10 minutes because of the bus schedule and feel I... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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85 reviews 85 reviews
74 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

From my point of view this is one of the best 3 archaeological sites on the Crete island (maybe the best one). I simply love this place with its special ancient atmosphere. I have visited it several times. Even though the Festos is really large and important Minoan site, it is not crowdy (in comparison with Knossos). So you can... More

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Lymington, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A complex, magnificent site that is so worthy of 2-3 hours exploration. Minimal crowd, fabulous scenic setting and an obliging brisk breeze, no matter that it animated the dust [sun glasses provide essential respite]. Don't walk on the excavated walls [obviously] and benefit from some pre-reading to gain maximum insight. Amenities are good with refreshing drinks, ices, and fresh fruit... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Nothing bad to say about this quiet and wonderful place. Lovely ruins and beautiful nature. Make sure you bring a hat and sunscreen, as it can get extremely hot.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very interesting. A guided tour would have been useful - ideally one of those personal audio tours (cassette and headphones)

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Watford, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A very well laid out and interesting place. Easy to find with all the amenities you would expect from such a tourist attraction. Wear a hat, it gets very, very hot. We found this to be more interesting than Knossos as it hasn't been restored and is certainly quieter. Wonderful historical value, and the views are stunning.

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wickloe, ireland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Drive south from Rethymno through the quite villages of Spili., Agia Galini, and the greenhouse area of Timbiki, Phastos is on the right hand side. Approached on a switch back road, ascending to the top of a hill, Phaistos commands the summit. The approach along a cobbled path, allows one to glimpse some of the site in advance. The four... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Knossos was disappointing, Phaistos was great, beautiful scenery, quiet visit, buy a little book or read something about the place in a brochure. A bit history under a tree and enjoy the weather

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