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

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Great site. A lot closer and a great alternative to Knossos

Knossos was too far away for us and so we drove here instead. I was able to take some great pictures and overall we enjoyed our visit. The gift shop is worth a visit if you are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Knossos was too far away for us and so we drove here instead. I was able to take some great pictures and overall we enjoyed our visit. The gift shop is worth a visit if you are looking for postcards of the island to send back home. We took a five month old baby and left our buggy by the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Looking around the ruins of phaistos palace was interesting but spoilt by being barked at by a rude employee wearing an extremely rude T-shirt that announced: "You cannot s*it with us" I pointed out to her that this was an offensive message to wear but she refused to listen - even when I pointed out that English is my mother-tongue.... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Couldnt face the 6 hour round trip to knossus from plakias so this was our little bit of culture. A little bit hard to navigate, the information boards are not that helpful for getting a minds eye picture of the palace buildings. It is still an amazing atmosphere. Cheap to get in and great that its free for kids. Maybe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Loved this site. It's in a fantastic position with wonderful views all around. The site is large and you can wander freely over it. Much preferred over Knossos, especially with the smaller number of visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Which is only 4 euros and under 18's are free. Very interesting site to wander around, great bit of history to discuss with your children. There is very little shade so I would avoid during the midday hours and on very hot days, the shop and toilets are the best we have come a cross at any public venue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Well worth a visit, though it's a shame the artefacts are all in Heraklion Museum. The royal apartments really give a sense of how the palace was lived in and we enjoyed the amphora remaining in the storage rooms. Do get a bottle of water and wear a hat as shelter is sparse...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A palace of 3700+ years old is standing in front of you, giving you the sense of its magnitude and historical importance. Just walk around, read the labels and imagine. It's also rather cheap, only 4€

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

To be honest, I expected a little more from this ancient palace. Of course it feels special to walk in this ancient ruins but I wasn't blown away. Definately worth a visit when it's on your route but would't do a large detour for it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Actually more enjoyable then Knossos. Don't know why Knossos gets all the attention...this one gives you a much better feel of the actual past as it hasn't been reconstructed. Loved the visit. The label boards around give you sufficient information even if you don't have a guide or guide book. Lovely views of the valley around. Definitely worth a visit.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Incidentally we dropped in. Saw a sign on the road and 2km later we found the parking area . Here are no buildings and u need lots of phantasy to imagine how it was 1700years ago. There are only basics rudimentary walls, that's it .

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