Our fifth stop on our mini cruise of the Greek Isles was the island of Crete. Since we heard the Palace of Knossos was THE THING to do when visiting the island, we spent our brief time in port at this archaeological site. Knossos is said to be Europe's oldest city (dating back to 4000 BC) and the center of the ancient Minoan civilization. Interestingly, this was likely the place that inspired the myth of King Minos and the Labyrinth since the complex contains a collection of over 1000 interlocking rooms.

Destination: Heraklion | Crete |Greece| Europe

Traveled: April 2015

Accommodation: Celestyal Olympia

Adventures: The Palace of Knossos

Takeaways: 1) It might be because we saw several archaeological sites over a few days, but we felt like this was a lackluster excursion. 2) We would have rather visited the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and saw the original frescoes and statues that were removed the Palace.

^^ the queen's chamber with dolphin fresco ^^

Recommendations: If you have the time, skip the shore excursion and take the city bus to the site. Bring along your guidebook.

Next Time: Explore Heraklion, especially Market Street. Visit the Archaeological Museum.


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