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A small roman ruin that is conveniently just off the main road to heraklion. interesting though... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2016
Bristol, United Kingdom
Ruins from the Roman period

There are mainly ruins from the Roman period, the most famous are the Odeon and Saint Titus... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2016
Dunakeszi, Hungary
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Agioi Deka, Crete 70012, Greece
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Reviewed September 13, 2016

Organisation of the site, information, guidance....there is almost nothing at all! The toilet at the cafeteria is the worst and most dirty I have ever seen in whole Greece! It is a shame for the management of this site, whoever it is, private or government...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

Need a car for this one, include the Temple of Appollo across the road & the Palace of Phaistos Loved this little place to walk around the historic relics & see the gallery of statues. Also the is a Byzantine church which has been sectioned...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 6, 2016

A small roman ruin that is conveniently just off the main road to heraklion. interesting though small as a site

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed July 29, 2016

Let me be clear, the tourist traffic to this interesting Roman site is reasonable but generally light. However most of the people only see a small proportion of what was once a city of over 100,000 people. The reason is that no one seems to...More

Date of experience: July 2016
4  Thank Ric113
Reviewed July 19, 2016

There are mainly ruins from the Roman period, the most famous are the Odeon and Saint Titus Basilica (the Basilica is under restauration so you can only see it from a bit farther away. You can also find a nice statue of Zeus as well...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank beabrigi
Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

The location which is easy to see is very small. There are another parts outside but there was no sign to understand where. Ticket price is at the moment 6 euro but we had the impression that all tickets have been sharply increased also in...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Mario R
Reviewed July 9, 2016

Wasted potential. This is very interesting archaeological site, but large areas are fenced and closed. Huge and empty car park, you can see cars with tourists passing Gortyn on their way to Phaistos, which is considerably more attractive. Worth seeing: the Gortyn Code, the oldest...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Vlad B
Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

The history of this site is very interesting but it's sadly let down by no and I mean no information or interpretation being provided, not even a leaflet.There were some interesting statues on display but sadly there was nothing to say who they were or...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Toxtethtiger
Reviewed June 21, 2016

You can see Minoians, Egyptian, Roman and Arab statues abd temples. It is very interesting but half clsed so you can see most of the things from a long distance. There are old and beautiful olive trees, too and it isn't crowded at all. I...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Katja S
Reviewed June 12, 2016

At the moment St Titus church is closed to the public, this has apparently been going on since 2015, on looking at the state of the place today 12 June 2016 I would guess the works will not be completed for at least another 12...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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minneapolis, minnesota
Bus travel on Crete - is this possible? (4 Replies)
I will be staying in Aghia Pelagia and would like to take a public bus to the following locations: Knosses Tylisson Gortyna Diktian, Trapexa & Psychro caves Matala Beach Palace @ Malia Olous Town of Aghios Nikolaos Waterpark at Kokkini Hani Venetian Fortezza in Rethymnon Is this possible? Please let me know. Thanks!
February 09, 2007|
Response fromstanthonyminnesota|
Thank you for the information! After looking at the website and fares I think it makes sense to rent a car. Then I am in control and the times do not have to be so mandated. I am just nervous about renting a car and the insurance issues. Should I be??
dimitris k
Sissi, Greece
Exploring Zaros (8 Replies)
As I was reading a post about Zaros on TA yesterday I was inspired to make a small trip to explore the area and meet with a friend of mine who lives there. Zaros is a village of 2,215 inhabitants, in the new province of Heraklion. The village is best known because of the bottled mineral water (natural or sparkling) named after the village which is available the last twenty years. Zaros is located in the southern foothills of Mount Samari, a branch of Psiloritis. The distance from...More
December 21, 2016|
Response fromgoanjock|
Great informative read as always Dimitris (we loved the taverna on the actual banks of the Lake but sadly I think it has now closed down it was called Taverna Limni ) and I hope you had a lovely time with your friend.
Kathy E
Portland, Oregon
How is the road from Phaestos to Rethymnon (6 Replies)
We will be driving from Heraklion to Chania in mid-May. Our plan is to drive to Imbros Gorge and hike from the south end up a ways and then hike back down. Thank you to all who helped with this plan. But I like to have a back-up in case a hike ends up not being a good idea. I'm looking at driving to Phaestos (and Gortyna and Agia Triada). Then we would continue on 97 through Agia Galini and Spili. How is this road? Is it very isolated? Would you recommend this route. Thanks so much.
April 21, 2018|
Response fromAlabastron|
No problem with any of the journeys: the road from Heraklion to Gortys is an “A” road, wide and well surfaced; similarly the road to Rethymnon. You’ll need lots of time to do these three sites justice, especially Gortys, so start early. I can’t give you a link as I’m writing on my phone, but do look it up on the Explore Crete site.