It is definitely not on the scale of Pompeii, but it was still interesting. I was in Crete in October with a group of friends. We took the "hop on, hop off" tour bus around the island, and Knossos was one of the stops that we had heard was worth seeing. After paying our 6 euro entrance fees, our group of 6 was immediately approached by a very pushy tour guide who wanted to charge us 60 euros to take us around the site. Warning!!! - tour guides congregate around the entrance and hassle you to pay for them to guide you through the site. They try to sharge 100 - 120 euros or more, depending on your group size. They also tell you that you "need" a guide...but you really don't "need" a guide. Do not pay that much!! We turned her down and said that we wanted to walk around on our own. Then another guide approached us and offered to take us around for 50 euro, and we said no again. So he asked us how much we would pay, and we said 30 euro tops - 5 euro each. We struck a deal and started our tour. Our guide was knowledgable, but he had a heavy accent and kept talking about "the uses of oil - for eating, for heating for lighting"...over and over again for about an hour. At one point we sat down and i started to fall asleep listening to him! In hindsight, the palace grounds are well marked with signage and a visitor can walk around the site and make sense of the ruins without paying up to 100 euros for a guide. Also note that a few years back, someone thought that it was a good idea to try to "recreate" and "restore" the site partially, so the site has areas that have been compromised with paint, cement, etc. from the reconstructive efforts. I am 50/50 on whether or not to use a guide. I think that I really didn't care that we paid 5 euros each and the guide was just so-so. I would have been really upset if we paid more than that, though. Overall, this site was worth seeing.
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