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Ancient City of Phaistos

Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
+30 2892 042315
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Minoan Palace in a natural state - without modern intervention

It's a bit of a schlep to get to this site - but worth it. Unlike Knossos with it's modern... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2017
Gil M
Tel Aviv, Israel

Not as colourful or preserved as Kronos it still has the elegance a palace would have. The signage... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2017
Windsor, United Kingdom
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
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Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
+30 2892 042315
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

It's a bit of a schlep to get to this site - but worth it. Unlike Knossos with it's modern interpretation, this is a classic ancient site. Large in scope and one can appreciate the effort going into building such a structure so long ago....More

3  Thank Gil M
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Not as colourful or preserved as Kronos it still has the elegance a palace would have. The signage is good and quite informative. By looking over the valley below you can see why this palace was built to control the fertile land around. By looking...More

1  Thank BT3rd
Reviewed October 16, 2017

In its spectacular setting overlooking the Mesara Plan visitors can absorb the scale and splendour our of a Minoan palace without the need of a paint job! It is actually far easier to appreciate the age of the excavated buildings here (4000 years) than it...More

3  Thank Belgo96
Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

A fantastic, low tourist level authentic place to visit that's off the beaten track. A real nice place with some great history and information provided on the numerous boards dotted around the site. It's an €8 entrance fee so more expensive than most sites but...More

2  Thank ZBH88
Reviewed October 11, 2017

Phaistos is a Minoan palace site, once as important as Knossos, it has been very sympathetically excavated over the past 50 or so years, but has bit had any of the appalling reconstrauctions and interpretation as at Knossos, The information boards are factual and explain...More

1  Thank EABlam
Reviewed October 5, 2017

I am a history buff so I love ruins but I do wish there was more information in each section of the ruins because it does leave you scratching your head a bit. There are information boards explaining what was found in an area, but...More

1  Thank BarbieMegaTraveller
Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

This place is beautiful; the setting is dramatic, with breathtaking views all around. The Palace itself is almost as large as Knossos and follows a similar plan. It's easy to navigate around by yourself with plenty of information boards, so go on your own and...More

Thank paulandozzie
Reviewed September 2, 2017

Great setting, great views...it should make for a great visit. But it's impossible for the layman to interpret the ruins, and the authorities that run the site make zero effort to do this. The bored staff are only interested in selling you tickets, and none...More

1  Thank FootloosePair
Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

Great place €8 each in is a bit steep but if you are in the area it is worth a visit. Good for children, we took our toddler and he loved it, thought I will suffer the saw arms tomorrow as the footings arnt great...More

Thank 78Cal
Reviewed August 27, 2017

it is a place everyone should visit when going to Crete just for the knowledge of history and of course all Greeks should visit it!

1  Thank adiga69
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May 5, 2017|
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Response from leanneandtony | Reviewed this property |
Hello CydnHank. I did not see any guides at Phaistos. It is much quieter and not as Touristy as Knossos. The information boards around the site are plentiful with quite a bit of information. Sorry I could not answer your... More
August 15, 2016|
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Response from HenkHogeweg | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, the fee is € 8 pp
Wendy S
August 4, 2016|
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Response from Ric113 | Reviewed this property |
Hire a car but be ready for some exciting cretan driving and definitely buy the double ticket and go to Agia Triada as well. Deserted most of the time and stunning.