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Ancient City of Phaistos

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Address: Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
Phone Number: +30 2892042315

The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.

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Well worth a visit after visiting Knossos Palace. Phaistos is far more plausible than Knossos which has used too much concrete reconstruction. Very interesting indeed. Has a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I feel that more could be made of the site. Although it is still an on going project it was difficult to envisage what the site must have been like from the history provided. In size it easily rivals Knossus and a look at the surrounding area easily reveals that the site is so much more than just a palace.... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a visit after visiting Knossos Palace. Phaistos is far more plausible than Knossos which has used too much concrete reconstruction. Very interesting indeed. Has a nice little oasis of a cafe to get out of the sun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Soak in more of the history of the island at this fascinating and atmospheric historical site. Not very busy for such a quality site. Cafe is a bit basic but does provide drinks needed after wandering around this old town in midday sun

Thank Ric113
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beatifull peaceful place on the hill with the remaining of the Minnoan palaces (old and new). Very few explanations (a good guide book helps). Take into account the lack of shades. Easy to access from Mires or Kamilari.

Thank chrissassen
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

From the North of the island, a visit to Phaistos is a long drive - plan to take all day. EEC money has greatly improved the road from Rethymion and the drive itself takes you through fantastic mountain scenery. At Phaistos itself, none of the crowds that you get at Cnossos, you almost have the place to yourself. Good information... More 

Thank BobandJosie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The palace of Phaistos lies in a breathtaking environment with a great view. The area is bigger than that of Knossos and the famous Phaistos disk was found here. The remains of the Minoan civilization can be seen everywhere. It is really nice walking along and exploring every corner of it. A must see!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Worth the trip (then we went to the beach too). On a beautiful hill with a lovely view. You can really see how this became the centre of the area. Far less crowds than Knossos, and letter 'manufacturing' of items. Really interesting if you like history.

Thank williamsdesilva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

After spending the morning at Knossos, Phaistos was a welcome relief from the crowds. Although it is not nearly as built up as Knossos, it is much more authentic. You are free to roam around the ruins. There are some really nice views over the local hills.

Thank calif-irish
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

More peaceful and secluded than Knossos. Which is a good thing! Bring your lonelyplanet or some history book about the site, sit under the large trees and take some time off to think about it. If you have small children, bring a carrying sling - there is no way to use your pushchair there.

Thank Mailiis P
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We liked the open site better than Knossos and the lovely shady places to sit and take it all in. It was very, very hot the day we came so remember to bring water, sun cream and a hat. Much less busy than Knossos and was exciting to find the site of where the famous Phaistos disc was found, which... More 

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