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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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Well worth a visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Lancashire
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146 reviews 146 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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Wellington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Phaistos was quite a way from Herakleion - 1.5 hours on the bus (€4.50). The site was peaceful -no crowds, and well looked-after

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We are looking for ruins on Crete and this was fantastic. Stayed over three hours. Cafe and wc at admission Just wonderful. Also spelled Fasitos. Go early and carry water. Not much shade

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Because it is smaller than Knossos and has the same basic structure it is easier to comprehend. I would recommend doing some research on the site and on Minoan Palaces in general to obtain the most from the site. The on site information is reasonable though. The site is also worth visiting just because of its location overlooking the surrounding... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

You'll see this place sign posted as Festos, Phaestos or Phaistos. It's a fascinating site which is well-explained with boards that have excellent English translations. Many artefacts have been found that are now in the Heraklion Museum and we found that a good look at Phaistos, plus a visit to the museum were excellent preparation for seeing Knossos. In many... More 

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Berkshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The views were splendid and it's quite easy to imagine how nice it must have been for the folks who lived here when it was newly built. However, my wife and I really didn't enjoy the ruins as much. Ruins are ruins and, not being archaeologists, we found it less than easy to imagine what the buildings must have been... More 

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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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LINCOLNSHIRE
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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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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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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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