About the PalaceDuring the Minoan period, Festos, situated approximately 63 km south of Heraklion, was the city of the second most important palace of Knossos. Festos was destroyed around 1,450 BC, along with the other Minoan palaces in Crete.
Festos is located in an impressive hillside with a stunning view of Ida Mountain and the Messara Plain, a plateau with particularly fertile land.
The structure of the palace on the site of the ancient Festos is reminiscent of the palace in Knossos, however unlike the latter, the palace in Festos does not have magnificent frescoes. However, Festos is much more serene than its more popular competitor. A visit to Festos Palace is a more relaxing experience.
Popular attractions here include the pottery house, the maze of ruins, the Minoan courtyard and the theater with terraced stone seats, which also has a huge staircase, a peristylium hall and a large central courtyard.
Do not look for the Phaistos disk, which has yet to be deciphered. The mysterious disk dating back to 1600 BCE was discovered here during archaeological excavations, and is now on display at the Heraklion Museum of Archeology.