The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion

Built over a Neolithic town, The Palace of Knossos represented the ceremonial and political center of Minoan civilization on Crete. English archaeologist Arthur Evans made his name by working on the excavation and partial restoration of this ancient palace for over three decades, beginning in 1900. The palace complex contains a maze of living spaces, workshops, banquet halls, shrines, and storerooms, built around a central square sometime between 2000 and 1350 BCE. To gain a glimpse into the wealth and sophistication of the Minoan culture, hop on a bus in nearby Heraklion and join a guided tour of the palace's labyrinthine corridors, so vast they gave rise to the popular legend of King Minos and the Minotaur. To plan Heraklion vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • The Little Garden Coffee Bar looks nice and invites you for a freshly squeezes juice. It is tempting but service is terrible as the waiters push you for the large size juice and it is really a rip off...  more »
  • The archaeological site is a few kilometres from Heraklion City in the central part of the island of Crete. Constitutes an important testimony of the civilization of the bronze age. It is best to go early to the site because there are files to make the tickets. Nearby there are a couple of large parking lots, one of which is dedicated to the many tourist buses, however you can reach the site by public bus. Within the site, you will find guides that are indispensable for the understanding of the various environments and ruins that make up the site. Within the site there are toilets and a small refreshment bar. Bring a water bottle and Cap because the visit lasts a few hours and often takes a very strong sun
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  • Lovely place to explore, remember to wear lots of sun cream and a hat, as it is outside. Also remember this is a large site, and may be a little harder for people mobility problems. But in all a good ...  more »
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  • Good peacocks near the exit. Not too busy at the end of October when we visited in spite of Όχι day and free entrance for all, still a good idea to get there earlier than most tourists. The ruins are interesting, little is known about them so it's a bit open for interpretation. It's surrounded by nature and it has trees so the sun isn't as dangerous as in some other archeological sites where you're more exposed to the elements.
  • This is an ancient Minoan site. However, it was destroyed in an earthquake and was restored. In my view it has been over restored - all the paintings here are copies (the originals are in the museum in town). Parts of the buildings have been stuck together with concrete - it's hard to tell what was original.
  • In principle this could have been an interesting archaeological site. However it has been wrecked by the excavation and fake rebuilding. It is impossible to tell what is original and what is new (mostly new it seems). Lots of fake wood made of concrete.
  • Super expensive visit. The place has been mostly rebuilt by a guy that had a great imagination. I was disappointed to see so few authenticity. I recommend the temple of Lato instead, which really is authentic!
  • It's a nice place to visit. Be sure to take a guide because otherwise you'll miss a lot of sideinfo. And don't forget to bring a bottle of water!

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Where to stay in Heraklion

Heraklion serves as a convenient base for exploring Crete and draws big crowds with its centrally located hotels, which offer free Wi-Fi, secure parking, private swimming pools, and fitness facilities. Although pricey, staying in the city center also keeps you near the area's top shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you don't mind driving to shops and restaurants, explore the mid-range hotels and small inns farther away from the busy coastline, where you can choose a budget-friendly room with sea views and easy access to quiet beaches.
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