Knossos is the largest ancient city in Crete. It was first founded around 7000 BC. The Minoan civilization was the first civilization in Europe and the first to ever build a palace.
According to the myth, Knossos was home of Minotaur, the half-man and half-bull monster that was imprisoned in a labyrinth beneath the king’s palace.
Knossos is located 5km south of Heraklion city.
Entrance Fee: Full ticket 15 euro, reduced ticket students and citizens 65 and over 8 euro. There is a combo ticket available for the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and costs 16 euro.
Free Admission Days
- 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
- 18 April (International Monuments Day)
- 18 May (International Museums Day)
- Last weekend of September (European Heritage Days)
- 28 October (Oxi or Ohi Day)
- Sundays from November 1st to March 31st
Summer: Daily 08:00 – 20:00
Winter: Daily 08:30 – 17:00
- 1 January: closed
- 25 March: closed
- Good Friday: 12:00-17:00
- Holy Saturday: 08:00 – 16:00
- 1 May: closed
- Easter Sunday: closed
- 15 August: 08:00 – 20:00
- 28 October: 08:30 – 15:00
- 25 December: closed
- 26 December: closed