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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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I enjoyed this site even more then Knossos

This Minoan archaeological site is very impressive and worth the distance to travel to see it. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brendan D
Really Interesting, a bit underdeveloped.

We went to Phaistosduring a trip to our final destination, coming from the south we took the first... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David A
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
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+30 2892 042315
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Minoan archaeological site is very impressive and worth the distance to travel to see it. It is on top of a hill overlooking the Massara plane. The views are spectacular from the site. There are nice green spaces around the site and a very...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Phaistosduring a trip to our final destination, coming from the south we took the first signposted turn off which took us along a dirt track wending it's way around the mountainside we arrived to find a proper road. Anyway it was worth...More

Thank David A
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Reviewed June 11, 2018

You must get out and witness the splendor to the ancient Crete accomplishments. It is amassing what the locals did thousands of years ago...Bring your camera and a bottle of water and get an education......Just Awesome

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Reviewed June 2, 2018

Impressive: the dimensions, the way it has been built, the organisation inside: all this 4000 years ago. The surrounding is also very nice, the Mesara plan was famous since ancient times, fertile and source for food to the Minoan people. There are several plates with...More

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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

It is truly amazing to see what people achieved 3 to 4,000 years ago. This does presume that the reconstruction is an accurate reproduction of what actually existed. Unless you are an archaeologist with superficial understanding of the site, it can be quite difficult to...More

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Reviewed May 19, 2018

Built on a hill with spectacular views of the Mesara Plain. It is famous as the place where the Phaistos disc was found. This can be seen in the Museum in Heraklion. It is less developed & quieter than Knossos. It gives a good idea...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018

This site is located on a hill , surrounded by the beautiful and cultivated plain of Mesara. For trade by sea , Phaistos referred to the Matala harbour. Shortly , Phaistos was inhabited as early as 4000BC when the first palace ( 1900BC) was built...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

On the road to Rethymnon, we travelled further back in time with a stop at the archaeological ruin of the Palace of Phaistos. Are you standing because you need to be sitting to get ready for this gob-smacking date--4,000BC. Unlike the Palace of Knossos, you'll...More

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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

A great place to learn about Minoan culture. Amazing views over the countryside around it. Less developed than Knossos, which we preferred. More natural and less imagined! Poor on site food though.

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

The Ancient City of Phaistos has not been reconstructed like the partially reconstructed Knossos. There no buildings, apart from some rocks here and there and some artifacts, but the place retains a mystery. It's a site several thousand years old. The Minoan civilisation thrived over...More

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John181730
July 2, 2018|
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Response from handr40 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I can't really help. We were there midweek. However, you might try this website which suggests that it is open every day. odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh355.jsp?obj_id=2363
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CydnHank
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
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LucyGuy
August 15, 2016|
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Response from HenkHogeweg | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, the fee is € 8 pp
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