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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love a ancient ruin site, this is one of my favourites. I have visited before, but wanted to go back.

You can buy a combined ticket for here and the museum for €16pp, valid for 48 hours (so you don’t have to do both on the same day if you don’t want to).

It is obviously very hot, very open and very busy. I would recommend a 3pm or later visit to avoid all 3. Take a tour if you can, all seem very knowledgeable and passionate about the site. Our guide, Maria was lovey and friendly, and clearly enjoyed telling us about the history.

Yes, much of this has had “some work done” by the archeologists who discovered it but that doesn’t take away from the interest or wonder of the history. The original mosaics are in the museum.

We haven’t used the cafe, but the toilets do have attendants. You don’t have to tip if you don’t want to, but if you do 50 cents is the “suggested donation”.

There are many souvenir shops / cafes outside. Don’t be fooled by the earlier signs for parking, these are taverns looking for you to stop with them. Parking is free and lots of space at the site.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An astounding site, the seat of an ancient civilization, contemporaneous with Pharonic Egypt, with piped plumbing for spring water for drinking, and channeled rainwater for waste removal. It was purposefully located to maximize the microclimate, and had to have been a magnificent center for art, government, and a religion that still holds many mysteries.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are interested in culture. Really.
But since not a single wall of the original palace is obtained and the only existing ones are recreated by Sir Arthur Evans it is just like walking through a mixture of fake ruins and a historical floor plan.

As the area is also rather small we think 15€ pp is not fair at all.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told it is a must to see if your in Crete, we never opted for a guided tour, €15 entrance fee each, it was ok, if you enjoy walking around ruins, it gives you an insight to how people used to live, but being as it’s 1000’s of years old, it is the interpretation of the archeologist who discovered it on what the rooms were for, if your into cultural things then go to see it, if not, stay by the pool

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

...do think about when to visit. It is a dreadful magnet for mass tourist convoys of coaches. Guides jostle for space with their groups, the cafe is criminally overpriced, and the whole edifices are nothing more than how an imperious British archaeologist Arthur Evans, arrogantly decreed that this was how Knossos looked - with no basis of fact. One bright young other British archaeologist suggested to Mr Evans that perhaps he was being overimaginitive with his interpretation that Evans promptly sacked the young chap! Sadly, doing the visit to Knossos seems to be a requirement when visiting Crete. Unless you go after the crowds, around 3 p m, it really isn't worth the searing heat, the loud, jostling crowds, and thevarid turgidness of it all. Going to the dentist is necessary. Going to Ok nossos isn't. In our opinion, and having been 3 times over 10 years, unlike port wine, Knossos does not get better with age. Do something more fun instead, like Spinalonga Island. Or go to the dentist's.

Date of experience: May 2019
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