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Phaistos

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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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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belgium
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

well worth a visit, great views all round, information could be more user friendly. good facilities including parking, cafe and loos. recommended for all ages

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Charlottesville, VA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We saw Phaistos the day after we toured Knossos. While we loved both sites, it was great to have the contrast of what some say is an overly done restoration at Knossos with the minimal restoration work done at Phaistos. Unfortunately, there are no tour guides at Phaistos like there are Knossos, so if you don't see the site as... More

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London
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9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

For us Phaistos was far better than Knossos; we drifted around the site darting here and there as different things caught our attention. There and loads of information boards and on occasions we stood close enough to guided group to pick up odd bits of information. We spent a good two hours there, more that those on guided tours. The... More

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

realy happy that we decided to go. It sort of mystical with so many un answerd questions. Beuteful with nice paniramic weiws. Dont know about other times but in the end of the seson it was nice and quiet so stressfree exploring.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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158 reviews 158 reviews
46 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

What a fascinating place to visit! Phaistos has many interesting findings, and unlike Knossos, here they left many of the jars, carved rocks, pipes etc. the way they were found, so you see everything in its context. Detailed signs and leaflets help you understand what you are seeing, and there aren't many tourists to obstruct the sights. Phaistos is well... More

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