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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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Actually more enjoyable then Knossos. Don't know why Knossos gets all the attention...this one gives you a much better feel of the actual past as it hasn't been reconstructed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

To be honest, I expected a little more from this ancient palace. Of course it feels special to walk in this ancient ruins but I wasn't blown away. Definately worth a visit when it's on your route but would't do a large detour for it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Actually more enjoyable then Knossos. Don't know why Knossos gets all the attention...this one gives you a much better feel of the actual past as it hasn't been reconstructed. Loved the visit. The label boards around give you sufficient information even if you don't have a guide or guide book. Lovely views of the valley around. Definitely worth a visit.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Incidentally we dropped in. Saw a sign on the road and 2km later we found the parking area . Here are no buildings and u need lots of phantasy to imagine how it was 1700years ago. There are only basics rudimentary walls, that's it .

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

After Knossos, I visited Phaistos and was not disappointed. Arriving around 7pm, I was one of very few visitors to the palace, which made it a pleasurable experience wandering through all of the rooms and wings. What I enjoyed about Phaistos was the ability to really explore on my own and to not be held back by as many ropes... More 

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

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

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

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

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