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Phaistos: The Palatial Mountain Fortress of Crete

The magnificent archaeological site of Phaistos where an imposing palace stood overlooking the Mediterranean for thousands of years is perhaps not as well known as the palace of Knossos, but it was a focal point in the long and...

Athens Company Bids for Abandoned Cretan Village (video)

Fari, a traditional village in Crete that belongs to the Municipality of Phaistos, has attracted the interest of an Athens development company that reportedly wants to buy it. According to Faistosnews website, Fari village homeowners confirmed that they have been...

Baby Whale Rescued in Crete, Returns to High Seas

A 5-metre-long baby whale spotted by a citizen early Friday morning on Karavovrysi beach, Phaestos, Crete, was rescued by the local coastguard. The small mammal, which was injured in its tail and its side, had lost its way and ended...

Matala Beach Festival Remembers Hippies

The curtain opened on June 22 for the Matala Festival for a third consecutive year, with a spectacular celebration. Visitors from around the world and from many parts of the country flocked to the reference point of the 1960's...

Matala Festival Opens Its Doors

Matala in southern Crete is a region that became popular in the 60's and the 70's as the temporary home for a stream of travelers who followed the traces of a particular hippie-trail. They lived in ancient caves, next to...

Crete Wants Minoans on UNESCO List

Crete  is still pushing for Knossos to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is now preparing a new folder titled Minoan civilization, which will include the most important monuments on the island, such as Phaistos, Zakros and the archaeological site...