Palace of Knossos

Knossos, the largest Minoan palace on Crete. Its history, excavations and restorations with a visit of the palace grounds with many pictures and video. Knossos is located about 3 miles (ca. 5 km) south of Heraklion on a flat, largely artificially constructed hill, which was known in ancient times under the name ‘Tselepi’ or ‘Kefala’. There is by far the largest of the Minoan palaces found so far. There are also offers for guided tours to Knossos by bus and hotel transfer available. History The area was settled at least since the Neolithic period around 6,000 BC. By the end… learn more

History of Crete

Minoan Knossos

The history of Crete (Part I) from the Palaeolithic Period, through the Neolithic (6,100-2,700 BC) to the Prepalatial Period during the Bronze Age. The discovery of Minoan civilization in Crete has led to the suppression of every other aspect of its long history. In fact, it is difficult for any other age of its history to compete with the first real civilization on European soil. But the leap in civilization by the Minoans was no coincidence, because Crete is so centrally located in the eastern Mediterranean that the already developed cultures of the east and south could meet the influences… learn more

Panayia Kera church

Panayia Kera Church

Old Panayia Kera church at Kritsa with the most complete and most famous palette of Byzantine frescoes preserved in Crete. History The Panayia Kera church is a three-aisled and dome-shaped church, with fantastic Byzantine frescoes. It is located along the road from Aghios Nikolaos about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) before Kritsa. The excursion is then also very practical with the adjoining, ancient Doric mountain town of Lato. The church was constructed in three sections and the present center nave with the dome hall was built in the 12th century. The construction of the dome is unique in Crete since it… learn more



Matala, the hippy sandstone caves on the Libyan Sea on Crete. Location, visit and history of Matala, Kommos and other beaches nearby with directions and currently available hotels. Location of Matala From the Palace of Festos there is a turn-off to Matala, which is 7 miles (ca. 11 km) away. Before you reach Pitsidia after 4 miles (6.44 km) and after another mile you will notice a dirt road which leads to the right to Kommos, the old port of Festos. This settlement flourished from the Neopalatial period to the Romans. During the excavations, a sacred complex with surrounding buildings… learn more