Festos

Palace of Festos

Palace of Festos overlooking the Mesara plain. After about 4 1/4 miles (7 km) in western direction from the destroyed, former Roman provincial capital Gortys and the small town of Mires, one reaches the ruins of the Palace of Festos. The palace is particularly impressive and, unlike Knossos, have not been restored. Also the magnificent location of the palace on a hill above the Mesara plain and overlooking the often snow-capped peaks of the Psiloritis mountains makes the visit worthwhile. History Festos was one of the oldest and most important cities on Crete. At the time of the peak of… learn more

Arhanes, south of Heraklion

vineyard area south of Heraklion

Aqueduct, burial ground at Fourni, Arhanes, Minoan megaron of Vathypetro. Sightseeing south of Heraklion: Aqueduct of Heraklion If one drives from Heraklion via Knossos in the southern direction, one reach the Venetian bridge of Ayia Irini after about 4.2 miles (7 km), where the remains of an extraordinary aqueduct are visible, which once supplied Heraklion with fresh water. The aqueduct has a medieval or even ancient appearance, but is in reality not even two centuries old. It was built in the short time of the Egyptian administration of Crete in the years from 1832 to 1840. A little further, at… learn more

Knossos

Palace of Knossos

Knossos, the largest Minoan palace. Knossos is located about 3 miles 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 of this period around 3,000 BC it was a larger settlement in a lush area on fertile soil, which was described by… learn more

Zakros

Palace of Zakros

Palace of Zakros and Dead’s Gorge In the area of ​​Pano and Kato Zakros (‘upper’ and ‘lower’ Zakros), there were in the Protopalatial from 1900-1700 BC. a wide, large settlement, which is characterized by the tombs, which were found on the surrounding heights. Spratt was the first archaeologist who visited the area and mentioned Zakros in 1872. In 1901 the English archaeologist Hogarth dug on the side of the hill east of the location of the palace and discovered a settlement with buildings. In 1961, finally, Professor N. Platon began excavations on the eastern side of Agios Antonios and discovered… learn more

Palace of Malia

Palace of Malia

Visit to the Palace of Malia. A turn-off left behind the modern town of Malia on the highway from Heraklion to Aghios Nikolaos ends up in the archeological site of Malia and the remains of the Minoan city. The original title of the city as well as the Palace of Malia aren’t remembered, their title simply being used from the neighboring town. Greek mythologies make reference that Sarpedon, the brother of Minos and the son of Zeus and Europa, governed there. Appreciate the fact a human pre­sence here from the Neolithic time, as can be witnessed from the handful of… learn more