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Ancient City of Phaistos

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Address: Messara Plain, Matala, Crete 70200, Greece
Phone Number: +30 2892042315
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.

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Really worthwhile - especially if you are "in" to archeology

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank calif-irish
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Hoogland, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to visit as it is not so crowded as Knosos. It offers a good site to explore and find out more about ancient history. Tariff is fare and staff is helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the 2nd largest of the great Minoan ruins and unlike Knossos has not been reconstructed so you have to use your imagination to picture the beautiful palace that dominated this steep hilltop palace. It was built around 1900 BC so it is a truly wonderful ancient site. The cost is 8 euro per person as well. The only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what a site. The Ancient City of Phaistos is not to be missed and at 8 euros with free parking it struck me as great value for money. You can spend as much time as you like wandering through the amazing structures. There are numerous placards that give you educational advice and explain the history of the site. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

if you want to see the real thing, this is an archeological site that doesnt put on a show to impress. it is the second largest palace and is laid out in the traditional minoan layout, with a large central court and wings around each side.

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