The Palace of Knossos
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These labyrinthine ruins are said to have been home to the monstrous Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature that devoured young virgins.
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WestofIre2013
County Galway, Ireland76 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Interesting architectural site that is worth a visit. Sections of the palace have been reconstructed but there are original remains visible. A lot is left up to imagination to visualise the original construction. It took us around an hour and half to walk around reading the information points, without a guide. Guides are plentiful & offer their services at the entrance. Self guided 3-D audio equipment is available to hire.

We arrived at 9:30am having intended to arrive earlier, but for some reason the frequency of buses was less than expected. Knossos is a very popular attraction. It was busy with large groups by 10am and a significant queue was at the entrance on our departure. I recommend advance purchase of tickets from the official Greek archaeological website etickets.tap.grand download them onto a smartphone. There is then no need to queue on arrival so go straight to the turnstiles where staff scan the tickets.

Bus no. 2 is direct to Knossos from the city centre from various bus stops. We got a bus from the stop at Pl. Eleftherias, in front of the pharmacy. Tickets can be purchased at self service kiosks on the street. It costs €1.50 per bus journey so buy two tickets, to cover each way. Otherwise it costs €2.50 on the bus per journey.

It was quite hot here but there are tree shaded areas offering respite. Bring water, sun cream and a sun hat. There are a couple of food outlets on site and across the road are others, along with souvenir shops.
Written July 29, 2022
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TravelingMamaB
Los Angeles, CA46 contributions
Jun 2022
What an enchanting place! I recommend you hire a skilled guide to help bring the place to life (I HIGHLY recommend Ioanna or Fontini of Tour Guides Crete). It is harder to get a true sense of the place without the guidance and knowledge of experienced guides. There is signage but it is simplistic and limited only sharing a fraction of what you're actually seeing and why. This is simply a MUST visit site in Crete if history, culture, and myth are of any interest to you at all.

Be sure to buy the combination ticket that allows you entrance to both Knossos and the Archeology Museum in Heraklion (a must visit in conjunction with Knossos). Wear a hat and sunscreen as it can be hot and sunny. We went in the late afternoon (16:00-18:30) and it was pretty uncrowded and we heard that during the morning the cruise ships come in and the place is crowded with tour groups. When we were there, it wasn't overly crowded at all and it was a Sunday in June. There is a sweet cafe at the entrance that is a great spot for a refreshing beverage or an ice cream at the end of your visit to help cool you off. There are restrooms and a small gift shop that is pretty basic (I saw much better and more interesting souvenirs in shops near the archeology museum in Heraklion).
Written June 6, 2022
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Shan B
3 contributions
May 2022
It goes without saying that when visiting Crete a trip to this place is a must, but as a major history nerd it is extremely disappointing. It might have once been a really interesting place but now it's just yet another tourist attraction that has been spoiled by the restoration work and additions that are modern, unsympathetic, and not historically accurate. What it boils down to is that Arthur Evans and his team guessed a lot of what they did, Frescos are placed where they thought they should be, and everything other than the basic structure and foundations are modern additions and guesswork. I noticed a lot of fellow visitors were disappointed too except for the American tourists which this site plays right into their needs. It's become a bit of a joke now that they lap up this kind of place and it's been moulded to cater to the easily impressed and believers of the Minotaur and Labyrinth myths.

Make sure you get there early, and pre-book, the queues even at a quieter time of year were long and chaotic, lots of very rude tourists who don't like queuing and jump the line, push people out of the way etc. We bypassed the free for all mentality by already having tickets so could avoid the chaos. The coach parties and organised tours take up a lot of space so get ahead of them if possible or you will not be able to properly read the information boards (also better known as leaning posts for the selfish). You can also book a dual ticket that gives you access to the excellent Archaeological Museum in Heraklion which is well worth the money and you can see the original Knossos pieces that have been expertly preserved.

If you want to see some more authentic and well preserved palace ruins I recommend Malia Palace instead.
Written May 21, 2022
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Anne Louise
59 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We were there at 8.30 and walked right in, to buy tickets and to go inside. We talked to a guide outsize who said that the price for two people would be 100euros, but if we waited and found two more english speaking, it would be 50euros pr couple. We bought the app 'knossos guided tour' and brought our own headphones to listen to it along the way (3 euros) if a big group had joined the guide, we would have chosen that (and preferably paid about 10euros each) . We spent about 1/1,5 hours there and at 10am it was FULL of people and a looong que to go in and to buy tickets. It is very interesting to hear about how awesome the minotaurs were. I would recommend going here if you're around😊
Written August 18, 2022
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tjaayuk
Oxfordshire, UK14 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We purchased the skip the line tickets which were a waste of time as we then needed to queue to purchase tickets for our children, despite being told they were free when booking online. One member of staff was very hostile as we did not bring passports to show our 6 and 9 year old were under 13 - it’s pretty obvious they are when you look at them!! He was aggressive and tainted the experience.

I would recommend a tour, as we attempted without and information was not particularly accessible therefore meaning it wasn’t easy to appreciate the scale and context of the palace.

Not the greatest experience and sadly an outlier in terms of the kindness and hospitality of all other Greek people.
Written August 29, 2022
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david s
Crewe, UK62 contributions
May 2022
If you love your archaeology and ancient Greek, then this is the place for you, The palace is a treasure trove of what it was like to live in ancient Greece, a lot of the site has been re-structured but what remains is fascinating, and its well worth the 15euros to get in. Although i would highly recommend the duel pass for the museum of Archaeology which is situated at the top of the hill near the bus station in the city of Heraklion. Its easy enough to do yourself for 30 euros so dont bother with the excursions sold by travel companies at a cost of 65euros. The Museum pass also lasts for 3 days so plenty of time to do both, although we did both on the same day. Also a top tip, go early in the morning or later in the afternoon as when its hot, its blimmin hot. Well worth a visit
Written June 6, 2022
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DeeDog2013
Lichfield, UK73 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Looking at some of the reviews I was a little apprehensive about what I might find! But I’m amazed that people could visit here and feel so negative (I get that it might be more challenging with heat and big crowds). We self toured (mid afternoon) and really enjoyed just being able to take our time, the interpretation boards were modern and informative, telling you about the ancient civilisation but also about the unique restoration methods of Arthur Evans which is a fascinating and controversial story and definitely a snapshot in time, but to me it really works. Lots of well maintained boardwalks but plenty of places to just wander about too. We’d been to the museum in Heraklion earlier too which was awesome, great to have seen this first as it helped provide a lot of context and the combined ticket which we’d bought online was excellent value. Highly recommended.
Written October 4, 2022
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KC30000
England, UK48 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited as part of our first time on holiday in Crete. Although we were staying on a beautiful resort hotel, as a family we wanted to include a visit to the Palace of Knossos. We were planning to visit as part of an organised tour through Jet2, however, they were full so we decided to visit on our own and it could not have been easier and much cheaper! Our holiday was chosen as to not to be too far away from Heraklion and after taking a public coach from Hersonissos to Heraklion a short walk then takes to you the local bus stop to Knossos.

Once there we found that the Palace of Knossos is nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountainous countryside. You do have to queue to get in and unsurprisingly the management of the queue is poor, but after 20 minutes we were in. For non-EU members (like us from the UK), we paid full price €38 for 2 adults and 1 child which is a bit steep, but we had the view that we may never visit again so no issue there.

We took our time around the site as we wanted to ensure we took it all in and after going around the site we saw the various Minoan architecture including the Temple, Frescoes and the Throne Room. Overall, it was a very enjoyable visit and we were very pleased that we did not leave Crete without not seeing this important part of the island's history.
Written October 2, 2022
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Steven T
14 contributions
Jun 2022
If you like history and Greek mythology then this is a must. Yes alot of the palace is currently out of bounds due covid restrictions and restrictions due to wear and tear of millions of visitors, but dont let this deter you. The palace has been restored virtually from a metre upwards but it does help you visualise what the original buildings looked like. We went on a guided tour and our guide was very knowledgeable about the whole history of Crete so put an excellent timeline together for us. Yes it's hot but there are a few shaded spots for a rest and cool down. We enjoyed it you do have have to queue for entry and there are no discounts now as we have left the EU but still worth the entry fee oh get a combined ticket for an extra 5 euros as this will get you in the museum for only 5 euros instead of 12.
Written June 13, 2022
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Paula V
The Villages, FL135 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Do not miss Konossos Palace. This dig and the thousands of artifacts, mosaics, frescos found are amazing and from ancient Minoan period. Some can be seen here, but the majority are at the Archeological Museum in Heraklion. The Palace is all outside, so dress appropriately.
We stayed at the Aquli Atlantis Hotel (wonderful, see review) which was around the corner from the Museum and a 3 min. walk to bus stop for Konossos. Every 15 min. BUS #2 Leaves for Palace. Drops you off across the street. You walk a few yards to the right to see entrance. The first building is a place where official Greek tourism guides will ask you if you want a tour. They charge €80 for group, not per person, which was a lot cheaper than we paid on Get Your Guide. The busses run regularly from the Palace back to Heraklion. That bus stop is right next to the entrance.
The next building is where you pay. They provide a small brochure in Greek, which will not help in any language. The site has good descriptive signs of what you are looking at. Also you can buy and download your own audio tour off of other web sites.
I did this for the Heraklion Museum through Clio Muse Tours online and it was excellent.
You have to see the Palace and all of the artifacts in Museum. It does not matter in which order. Though seeing the Palace first might make more sense of artifacts. I read a lot about the Palace and Minoans before I went, so I did not learn anything new on the tour. The Museum is very well laid out and descriptions are in Greek and English.
It truly was something we will never see again. We went to Akritori at Santorini which is another incredible dig from ancient times.
Written January 29, 2022
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