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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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If you want to visit an archeological site & don´t like a crowdy places like Knossos, Phaistos is a good choice. And the view from Phaistos is fantastic!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

If you want to visit an archeological site & don´t like a crowdy places like Knossos, Phaistos is a good choice. And the view from Phaistos is fantastic!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

This is definitely less hassle and busy-ness of Knossos and has all the charm. There is not much commercial activity. I would recommend it on your way to a beach cause of course it is hot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Visited at 6 in the evening and spent about 1 hour walking arround on a self guided tour. Very easy to find on the road to Matala, 4 euros entrance fee, with good toilet facilities and a cafe and shop. Stunning situation over looking the plain, easy walking with good information boards doted arround the site. The site is quite... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Wonderful history uncovered and being preserved to show us how the ancient Minoan civilization existed. Visitors to Crete should not miss this archaelogical site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The complex is quite large and very impressive, with a shockingly modern architecture and facilities that we tend to associate with our times, not the Bronze Age: the Minoans had sewage systems 4000 years ago. If you want to know what else is worth seeing in Crete, try: http://www.theplanningmonster.gq/Theplanningmonster/English/Entries/2015/6/12_Crisscrossing_Crete.html

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The excavations are well done and the signage is excellent. We went in early May, wen the wildflowers were blooming and the surrounding orchards and fields stretched for miles, green and beautiful. Although it's hard to mentally reconstruct the palace, it's easy to see how lovely the views must have been for the rulers and associated aristos--wouldn't we all love... More 

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Orpington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

My wife and I travelled to Phaistos by bus from Heraklion. It took about 80-90 minutes but the views over the mountains and countryside were fantastic. We were the only people who alighted at Phaistos. It is much better than Knossos in that very few coach parties come to Phaistos. It was not very crowded. There were magnificent views over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

More believeable than Knossos. Here everything you see is still in tact and not altered. Very big site. Hot in the summer, practically no shade.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Even if you don't go into the archaeology site, the view from the parking lot is worth the drive up there. Absolutely gorgeous! And the site itself is pretty great, too. The entry fee is very reasonable, and the adequate signage makes it very easy to learn about the Minoan civilization as you explore the ruins. Phaistos is definitely worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Extensive site with a lot to interest visitors. Beautiful views from its hilltop location. Combines well with the museum in Iraklio where the most significant finds rom the site are displayed.

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

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