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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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Nice Ruins

The ruins at Phaistos are quite extensive. They are not restored as in Knossos, but in some ways I liked it better. If you also plan to visit Agia Triada be sure and buy a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The ruins at Phaistos are quite extensive. They are not restored as in Knossos, but in some ways I liked it better. If you also plan to visit Agia Triada be sure and buy a combined ticket, it will save you a little.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

Took a drive from Georgioupoli for a day trip, great place to visit, much quieter and more rustic than Knossos, i think i prefer it here as it was so peaceful and the views are spectacular. The ruins do take more imagination but there are very helpful artists impressions at each location (something that is lacking at Knossos). After our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a very lovely place in a superb siuation on a hillside with great views all around. In April it was very green with lovely wild flowers. The site has not been messed around with like Knossos and although it may be necessary to use your imagination more as a previous reviewer has said, you can also know that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

This site needs you to use your imagination a little more than Knossos. You can really ponder over how well (the lucky few) Minoans lived all those thousands of years ago. The palace is wonderfully situated and a delight to wander around in the gentle warmth of the spring sunshine, especially in the early morning with the place to yourself.

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Gilon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A tour through the ruins at phaistos is both Intersting and a great way to let young children stretch their legs.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If you love history and can take the time to imagine what it must have been like 3500 years ago, read the plaques, soak in the environment, it could be a lot of fun. If you are not a history person, it's just another ruin. We were here just before tourist season. The views are lovely and the place is... More 

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

It is a no-brainer that one cannot leave Crete without visiting Phaistos, Knossos & the Archeological Museum of Heraklion (maybe not all in a single day, the latter two are in close proximity). For Phaistos stay at Eleonas for a couple of nights, you won't regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Another scale model of Knossos palace, but bigger than Malia. As per the other minoan sites, it is fascinating to walk along the ruins of one of oldest mediterranean civilization. Despite being littler than Knossos, it offers a more enjoyable experience due to a limited number of tourists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We visited Phaistos on our way back from Matala and after having visited Knossos a few days earlier. What we appreciated on this a sunny and clear day is the magnificent location that this Minoan palace complex (largest in southern Crete) is set on a hilltop overlooking a large fertile valley. What we also really enjoyed is the fact that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Phaistos/Festos, due to its location is not crawling with tourists as is Knossos, yet it has so much more to interest folk of an historical bent. This is a better representation of how the rulers and workers interacted day to day, the trade routes with the nearby summer palace and also the port trading. There are no 'historians' either haggling... More 

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