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Phaistos

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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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Montreal, Canada
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

Although it lacks the questionable reconstructions of the more famous Knossos, Phaistos is another large Minoan palace complex in a much more spectacular setting on a hilltop overlooking lush valleys. Is is very well signposted in English. A minimum level of fitness is required as there are stairs and uneven surfaces throughout.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We were lucky enough to be here on a beautiful sunny day in mid-November. There were very few other people here, which also added to our enjoyment. The hill-top site was extensive but manageable. Although the site has been the subject of considerable restoration, this has been done much more sympathetically and less intrusively than at Knossos. The site is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This ancient Minoan site is actually better, (in my opinion) than Knossos. For one thing there are a lot few people so you do not have to rush, crowd and not one person was taking a selfie. I was there on a rainy fall day and you need to be careful as the rocks will be slick. But the site... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Beautiful place to visit, you feel the mystery of history behind every stone. Beautiful view on the vineyards and hills too. And the sense of humour and archeological knowledge of the gardian of the place make it an unforgettable experience !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a nice alternative to the partially reconstructed palace at Knossos & less crowded. It's located at the top of a hill, surrounded by beautiful landscaping & views but do bare in mind that it's all open with hardly any shade so take a hat & sun cream! There is a little shop & cafe there with toilets as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Looking at this place might not touch you at once but if you consider that they had even a sewage system nearly 4000 years ago...wow

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