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#1 Aurelia

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:14 PM

Does anyone know if you can camp overnight at
Phaestos or get a room there? I am not interested
in "nearby" accommodations, but something on the
site itself.

thank you

Aurelia

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:33 PM

Hi Aurelia,

There would be absolutely no camping on site and that I seen in the past there no rooms are available either on site or even nearby for that matter, the entire site is enclosed and protected and while I am not sure of the law regarding camping on Crete most of the surrounding land is private and given to agriculture so there would be no facilities.

Have a look at the last day on this page, images 3 through to 5 were taken from the hill overlooking Phaestos and should give you an idea of surrounding countryside.

http://www.bobojnr.com/crete-2008.html

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#3 Aurelia

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 01:44 PM

Hi Bobo,

Now that is how to have a great holiday!!! I read your post, loved
your photos, and hey, may I join you next time???

Thanks for the information on Phaestos. I am reading John Bowman's
guide (written many years ago) and he talks about being able to
camp on the roof of the tourist centre. Oh, those were the days.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:58 PM

Aurelia, we stayed at the tourist centre (in a room, not on the roof). We were the only people staying. We had dinner overlooking the Messara plain as the lights in all the little villages went on, and in the morning we had the site to ourselves for several hours until the tours arrived.

That was in 1984. It was a wonderful experience, but I don't think it is possible any more.

#5 Aurelia

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 12:36 PM

Hi Julie. Those were the days, yes? According to Bowman's book,
in earlier years tourists were allowed to camp on the roof top.
Oh well, I will have to be content with finding a room in a nearby
town. At least I will be able to visit that remarkable site and walk
on its hallowed ground.