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Phaistos

Address: Messara Plain, Matala, Crete 70200, Greece
Phone Number: +30 2892042315
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Matala
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Denham, United Kingdom
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173 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
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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Deal, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
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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Grand Junction, Colorado
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56 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This site does not disappoint if you are interested in ancient places. It still has some amazing urns in situ. It might be a bit exposed in really hot weather. It has also had a very good shop selling gifts etc at very reasonable prices.

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Glasgow
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

To some this may be just a pile of stones; but if you are intrigued by past civilisations this place must be seen. The explanatory notes around the site are most helpful, and there are staff on hand to give guidance as well. If you come here you should try and visit Knossos as well.

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Finland
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32 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

One of the must-see places in Crete. However, there are only few trees in one part that can provide some shadow. so wear a hat and take it easy, no need to climb every stair. Toilets available inside the café. 4 € fo adults, children free.

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