The Minoan Palace of Knossos lies at a distance of 5 km from the town centre of Iraklion, Crete,along the road to Archanes.

This is believed to be the Palace of King Minos

The imposing Palace is built on the hill of "Kefala" next to the river "Kairatos", a site with many natural advantages, a strong position, good water supplies, access to the sea and proximity to a large fertile forest. The forest that produced the trees that supplied the beams and the columns for the construction of the Palace.

The site itself includes the Palace of Knossos, The Minoan Houses, the Little Palace, the Royal Villa, the villa "Dionysos" with famous Roman mosaics, the south Royal Temple - Tomb and the Caravanserai.

The Palace and the Minoan houses are open for visits to the public. It is well known that the area lies on a great seismic site. The Palace had been destroyed time after time and always emerged from its ruins more magnificent than before until the last time that there was no recovery.

You can visit Knossos on an organised excursion or visit independently.

If you drive you will find free parking, however there are some parking areas where you must pay, so look out for the free areas.