Archaelogical Sites

Crete is a land endowed with a rich historical heritage which spans more than nine millennia since its fertile, secure, and strategically placed land mass has been inhabited since the seventh millennium BC. Cultures on the island have sown the land with ancient palaces, cities, villas, and a plethora of exquisite artifacts which date back to the Minoan era.

Knossos

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete. It is grander, more complex, and more flamboyant than any of the other palaces known to us, and it is located about twenty minutes south of the modern port town of Iraklio.

Phaistos

The second largest palace of Crete commands the fertile Messara plain south of Heraklion. Phaistos palace is not as lavishly decorate with wall paintings, but its architectural plan is exquisite in its design.

Aptera

Situated above the bay of Souda, east of Chania, Aptera used to be a very large city . It was founded by the Mycenaeans (although there is evidence of late Minoan civilization), enlarged by the Dorians and was used as a settlement until the Byzantine period. The area covered by Aptera is very large and only a few excavations have taken place so far. The ruins are from different periods.