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

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Far superior to Knossos

Hands down, this is my favorite archaeological site on Crete. You truly get to see a well-preserved, well-excavated site without the vast hordes of tour groups plaguing Knossos... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Hands down, this is my favorite archaeological site on Crete. You truly get to see a well-preserved, well-excavated site without the vast hordes of tour groups plaguing Knossos. It is in a lovely setting and has endless rooms and structures to explore. As an archaeologist, it is good to be a able to see a site without questionable reconstructions!

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Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Nice place to visit. But there are not many explanations and there are no reconstructions like in Knossos, so the site shows only ruins of the place. Therefor it is difficult to make yourself an idea of how it looked like in those ancient times. Really sad, because the site is of major importance and really huge, but you won't... More 

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Courcelles, Hainaut, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We appreciated it more than Knossos, easier to 'feel the athmosphere', to imagine the palace. €4 per adult, free until 18! If you like histoty, and if you appreciated Knossos, you definitively need to visit this place.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I visited Phaistos (Festos) with my son who is reading Ancient History at Cardiff University because we wanted to see a Minoan ruin mostly untouched by reconstruction. We were not disappointed. We got close to ancient architecture & pottery in a way not available at Knossos due to the vast numbers that vist there. We arrived in the morning and... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It's amazing to walk around in these ancient ruins, and try to imagine life thousands of years ago. A lot of it is without shade, but there are lovely benches under the trees around the edges, and we had a nice breeze the day we visited. We stopped for fresh squeezed orange juice before we left. (That stuff is addictive!)... More 

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Sunshine Coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Not a lot of restoration done here. Mainly a lot of part walls, though there are a few sets of wide high steps in great order. But they do have amazing huge clay storage pots that have been restored.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great location, interesting ruins, nice cafe, wifi (only on the big porch). You will want the cafe, as the sun can be draining. We happened to show up on a free entry day, but since this location is out of the way, it still wasn't too busy. Just past the end of the parking area, there is a small ruined... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

If you want to visit an archeological site & don´t like a crowdy places like Knossos, Phaistos is a good choice. And the view from Phaistos is fantastic!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is definitely less hassle and busy-ness of Knossos and has all the charm. There is not much commercial activity. I would recommend it on your way to a beach cause of course it is hot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Visited at 6 in the evening and spent about 1 hour walking arround on a self guided tour. Very easy to find on the road to Matala, 4 euros entrance fee, with good toilet facilities and a cafe and shop. Stunning situation over looking the plain, easy walking with good information boards doted arround the site. The site is quite... More 

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Address: Messara Plain, Matala, Crete 70200, Greece
Phone Number: +30 2892042315
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Matala

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