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Palace of Knossos
Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most important archaeological site, crowned by the hilltop Palace of Knossos—built around 2000 BC—and revealing a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.

The Basics
The Palace of Knossos is one of the most popular attractions in Crete, but its immense size, little signage, and complex history means it’s worth visiting with a local guide. The best way to explore is on a guided walking tour, taking in highlights of the Minoan palace such as the Central Court, the Throne Room, the Tripartite Shrine, the Grand Staircase, and the Queen’s Hall.
  • Choose between a standard entrance ticket or a combined ticket that includes access to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
  • Plan to spend around two hours at the archaeological site, excluding wait times.
  • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—arrive early or book a skip-the-line tour to maximize your time.
  • Knossos Palace provides little shade, so you should bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water if visiting in the summer months.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.
  • Many parts of the archaeological site are wheelchair accessible; entrance is free for visitors with disabilities.

How to Get to the Palace of Knossos
Knossos is located 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Heraklion in the north of Crete and is reachable by public transport and taxi from the city. Most visitors opt for a tour from either Heraklion or Rethimno (just over an hour’s drive away).

When to Get There
Knossos is open all year round, but the most popular months to visit are July and August. The site can get extremely busy, so arrive before opening at 8am or after 3pm if you want to avoid the crowds. Expect temperatures of up to 85°F (30°C) in midsummer.

Greek Mythology at Knossos Palace
Historic facts and Greek mythology intertwine at Knossos. While King Minos was believed to have been a real figure, the notorious Minotaur—the half-man, half-bull imprisoned in the palace’s labyrinth—and his creators, Daidalos and Ikaros, are characters of Greek legend.
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Hours: Nov–May: 8am–3pm, Jun–Oct: 8am–7pm
Admission: Adults: € 6
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Palace of Knossos: Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

Instead of tying yourself to a large group tour with a rigid itinerary, take your time exploring the ancient Minoan capital of Knossos with this private audio tour. Visit the remarkable Palace of Knossos and many other highlights of this archeological site, including South Propylaeum and the West Magazines. Leave the guidebooks behind and learn about the culture and lifestyles of people living in Minoan Crete from your audio guide.
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Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour - Small group)

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Knossos Palace Exclusive Tour (small group)

Having the luxury of Knossos all to your self and enjoying a guided tour of this Magnificent Monument of Minoan civilization home to legends such as the Minotaur and Labyrinth.Join our small group (up to 12 pax) Walking tour at Knossos palace with a Licensed Tourist Guide.Skip the ticket line to enter Knossos Palace.Use the combine ticket (value for money) to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later.During summer, Visit Knossos, escaping the crowds and not when it's so hot!Enjoy your visit of Knossos avoiding the blistering heat and sun!Unravel the myth of the labyrinth enjoy Knossos at its best time 17:00 o'clock (5:00pm) with us!
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Royalty Knossos Palace & Lassithi Plateau Tour

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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Chania

Enjoy a 1-day bus excursion from Chania to Knossos. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion and more.
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KNOSSOS PALACE GREEK MYTHOLOGY

Discover with us the Labyrinth and Palace of Knossos! Skip the long ticket line and with our expert Guides unraveling the Myths and Legends surrounding the site.Visit the Mythical Palace of Knossos of King Minos and Labyrinth home to the MinotaurYour expert tour Guide will be your personal Ariadne of Greek Mythology through this Amazing site during your visit.
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Experience Knossos Palace which is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and probably the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture. The palace appears as a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and store rooms close to a central square. Detailed images of Cretan life in the late Bronze Age are provided by images on the walls of this palace. It is also a tourist destination today and near the main city of Heraklion.
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Knossos Palace (shared tour)

Explore Greek history at the ancient palace of Knossos on this guided excursion. This tour offers you the freedom to select only the aspects you want. Choose convenient hotel pickup, opt for skip-the-line tickets, and marvel at the legendary palace of King Minos, Princess Ariadne, Minotaur, and Labyrinth. Marvel at one of the oldest thrones and theaters in Europe, visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and learn about the Minoan civilization.
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Full-Day Knossos And Heraklion Tour From Rethymno

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Knossos Palace: Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (without ticket)

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