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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
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Reviewed May 19, 2019 via mobile

We went early in the morning, before the tour buses, and armed with a small information book we had purchased ahead of time. You are encouraged to roam, climb, feel, read and take all the time you need and want to connect to this spiritual,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 14, 2019 via mobile

Overlooking the fertile plain below with a backdrop of snow capped mountains this must have been an impressive site and one can understand why so many different cultures chose to build upon the previous making it quite a challenge for those of with untrained eye...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

It's a pretty big site, and not as mucked about as Knossos. My impression is that the archaeologists were professional, and knew their stuff. Anyway, the site is large and impressive. It was a huge settlement and clearly extended far beyond the tourist area. The...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 27, 2019

A relative of mine recommended this site over Knossos when we had limited time, as the latter is so touristy and busy. Phaistos is sited in amazing countryside so the views overlooking the ruins are stunning. The site has boards all over it in Greek...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 27, 2019

Interesting archaeological site but - as elsewhere on Crete - no care is taken to present the rather bare stones in an interesting way. A few boards with artist's impressions of how things might have looked would have been nice. There were some screen displays,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 19, 2019

Phaistos is on a lovely journey through the centre of Crete down to the South Coast and it makes a great comparison after seeing the site at Knossos. Phaistos is the second largest city of Minoan Crete and a relatively untouched archaeological site, The views...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

This was the second site of the day on our circular journey and the best of the Palaces High above a plain the view was breathtaking. High walls, large courtyards and theatre seats it was a most interesting site to walk around and when not...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

The setting of this palace is exquisite with the snow covered mountains in the dustance. We had a very good guided tour around the palace helped by the fact that the weather was good. We learnt common features in Minoan palaces having visited Knossos also....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 19, 2019

If you visit this place, possibly on the way to laid-back Matala, you should make sure to bring or hire a guide to tell you the full story of the two periods or Minoan culture whih sprouted here ages ago. It is a pleasure to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

Visited in a small group tour with an excellent guide. It helped to have visited Knossos and to have seen a drawing of what it might have looked like because the layout is pretty much the same. I much preferred Phaistos to Knossos. Much quieter,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
May 5, 2017|
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Response from Emmanuel K | Reviewed this property |
No,you can t hire any guides on side. At least not until now. There are books you can buy and the personal is very friendly and very informed for some question.
August 15, 2016|
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Response from HenkHogeweg | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, the fee is € 8 pp