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Ancient City of Phaistos

Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
+30 2892 042315
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Beautiful Minoan site. Fewer people than Knossos

We visited both Knossos and Phaistos and all liked Phaistos better. Even though it's a smaller... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Minoan site second only to Knossos.......

On the road from Matala to Mires you will find the Minoan site of Phaestos. Second only to Knossos... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ste M
United Kingdom
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The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
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Epar.Od. Faistou - Kalon Limenon, Sivas, Crete 702 00, Greece
+30 2892 042315
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited both Knossos and Phaistos and all liked Phaistos better. Even though it's a smaller site, it feels more authentic without the rebuilt parts that were added to the Knossos palace and there are a lot fewer people so your visit will feel a...More

1  Thank IB E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the road from Matala to Mires you will find the Minoan site of Phaestos. Second only to Knossos further north, the site is expansive. The openness of the site and lack of cover make it very hot in summer so be prepared. The whole...More

1  Thank Ste M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This minoan palace is situated just next to the road. Stop and take a view from the top. We sugest to visit also knossos and the minoan museum in iraclion. All together gives a nice picture af ancient crete.

Reviewed 18 July 2017

I was really amazed by the palace ruins of Phaistos - the fact, that they are some 4000 years old was really impressive. For an interested tourist, this seems in very good condition. You can walk all around the ruins, places, entrances. Some areas are...More

Thank ophvog
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is the sister palace to Knossos but has not had the same extensive restoration treatment and so allows you to see it as it was discovered. Further off the beaten track than Knossos you don't have to battle the crowds and are free to...More

1  Thank treb0r71
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We visited Knossos, and then drove to Phaistos a few days later. Both are major Minoan palace sites, but this one has none of the controversial reconstruction nor cruise ship crowds you will see at Knossos. It has a very clear walk path, but with...More

Thank TravelMom269
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Chose to visit on an over cast day, a long drive from Hersonissos, north of the island. Not much shade so best visited on a cool day or early or later in the day.Quite a big site but not as big as Palace of Knossos,...More

Thank CulinaryCook
Reviewed 1 July 2017

I have visited Phaistos two days after being in Knossos. This place is not recovered in the way like in Knossos. And this is why I like that place. What has left in my memories is the location of the palast. Great overview, perfect position...More

Thank Vinetou
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Travel time from Heraklion by bus is about 90 minutes each way, and there are only about 4 buses per day, so you need to allow about 5 hours to visit. The bus stop is just a few minute's walk from the entrance. Phaistos is...More

Thank Allan L
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Not as fascinating as Knossos, but still quite interesting. One problem is that there isn't as much explanation as you might like, so I think it would be better with a guide (we didn't have one). But there are some beautiful artifacts scattered around the...More

Thank Ray N
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6 May 2017|
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Response from leanneandtony | Reviewed this property |
Hello CydnHank. I did not see any guides at Phaistos. It is much quieter and not as Touristy as Knossos. The information boards around the site are plentiful with quite a bit of information. Sorry I could not answer your... More
15 August 2016|
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Response from HenkHogeweg | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, the fee is € 8 pp
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4 August 2016|
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Response from Ric113 | Reviewed this property |
Hire a car but be ready for some exciting cretan driving and definitely buy the double ticket and go to Agia Triada as well. Deserted most of the time and stunning.