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Gournia

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
+30 2841 024943
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Amazing archeological site on Crete

Could not agree more with other reviewers who write that this site is so special because it is off... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ehmcl18
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San Diego, California
Small site with terrific views

A significant Minoan Palace suffering from the Cretan disease of inadequate explanation. If you... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
handr40
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Clovelly, Australia
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An ancient town dating back over 3,500 years, excavated and restored to show visitors how common people lived in ancient Greece.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“minoan site” (13 reviews)
“bronze age” (6 reviews)
“the main road” (14 reviews)
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Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
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+30 2841 024943
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"minoan site"
in 13 reviews
"bronze age"
in 6 reviews
"the main road"
in 14 reviews
"information boards"
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"pachia ammos"
in 4 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 5 reviews
"guide book"
in 5 reviews
"stunning setting"
in 2 reviews
"small site"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 6 reviews
"ag nik"
in 3 reviews
"settlement"
in 18 reviews
"imagination"
in 12 reviews
"excavations"
in 10 reviews
"ruins"
in 14 reviews
"paths"
in 8 reviews
"knossos"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could not agree more with other reviewers who write that this site is so special because it is off the beaten path and away from the crowds of Knossos (which you also shouldn't miss though). Could easily spend an hour or 2 walking around the...More

Thank ehmcl18
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

A significant Minoan Palace suffering from the Cretan disease of inadequate explanation. If you have trouble reconciling the few signs of explanation with the carefully laid out stones you can always have your breath taken by the coastal views.

Thank handr40
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Knossos may show you palace life but to see how ordinary Minoans lived, visit Gournia. Close to the northern coast and easily accessed from the main road, the site has houses and workshops grouped around an administrative centre, with interconnecting paths and streets. Little imagination...More

Thank PhilofBeestom
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Gournia is a village hidden on a hillside. While little remains of the walls the foundations of the buildings are clear and walkways and narrow streets are clearly defined. We have been to many Monoen sites in Crete but Gournia seemed to be the one...More

Thank stanbr
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

You could easily miss Gournia as you drive along the road from one city to the next. It is located on a hill west of Pachia Ammos, near the road connecting Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra, 19km east of Agios Nikolaos. It is the remains of...More

Thank AussieSK
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

This site is on a beautiful hillside overlooking the bay. The story behind the excavations ensured that as many artefacts as possible were unearthed given us a wonderful picture of life in those times

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

Nice to see if you like history, however no guided tours seemed to be available and signs, whilst in English, were very few and far between. Needs a few more signs so you can tell wat you are looking at

Thank Faye J
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The ruins of Ancient Gournia are situated not far from Agios Nikolaos, on the route to Ierapetra, at the narrowest part of the island. It is only 2 Euros to enter. It isn't Knossos, so don't expect the same amount of signage or reconstruction. There...More

Thank Belgo96
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

An early Minoan settlement on a hill not too far from Ag Nik. Early in the day is best, hardly any tourists and a peaceful site to contemplate mans impact upon the environment. Take water refreshments with you. An hour is about enough time to...More

Thank keithfryan
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

If you find yourself on the east side of the island you should definitely make this a stop. How often do you get to walk on streets and among walls that date back 3500 years? This is a super cool piece of history from the...More

Thank kgarlett
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