Gortys, Phaistos, Mattala
On this private tour we drive through a beautiful scenery, of the mainland of Crete towards the
south. Here we visit Gortys, one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Greece, with an unbroken
history of 6,000 years, with just some parts open to the public : the early Christian basilica
of St Titus, the Odeon which brings on its walls an extended inscription of the 5th century B.C
that is considered as the first European legal code and the famous Plane Tree under which Zeus
and Europe loved each other.
Our next destination is Phaistos, the second biggest Minoan Palace, founded from King Rodamanthys
in southern Crete by the side of the oldest productive European valley of Messara. It
was also the city that gave birth to the great wise man and soothsayer Epimenidis, one of the
seven wise men of the ancient world.
Our final stop will be at the coastal Mattala, the ancient harbour of both Phaistos and Gortys,
known for its wonderful sandy beach and the caves carved into the rocks, graves of the Roman
times on the island, discovered from the hippies at 1960s-1970s. You can enjoy a swim and lunch
before the return journey back to Rethymnon.
Transport with a/c deluxe taxi/mini van/mini bus
English speaking driver
Bottle of Mineral water & Snack
Duration: +/- 6 hrs
Please contact concierge for further information