If I have to name one archeological site in Greece that is a must visit for families in Greece, it would be the Palace of Knossos in Crete. When I was still a student, I worked as a tour guide in Crete during the summer. Knossos was one of my favorite places to work. Here are my insiders' tips to visiting Knossos with kids.
Knossos Crete with Kids Tips
There is no other place where Greek ancient history and mythology are so visible and understandable as in Knossos. The excavations at Knossos represent many myths of Greek mythology and even the youngest children will be able to fantasize about King Minos and the Minotaur. Older children will learn about ancient building techniques and have a chance to be educated about the cultural history of Europe. Don’t hesitate to visit Knossos Crete with Kids when in Greece. The Palace of Knossos is partly restored. That is the reason why the features give a unique insight into the life of Minoan culture, one that no mere ruins could ever offer. Having said that, it is easy to recognize the original temple features and the archaeologists’ restorations. The best time to discover the Palace of Knossos would be in the spring and fall. It can get very busy and hot in the excavations in the summer. There is not much shade around the site so I would recommend choosing the early morning hours for a visit.
To avoid long lines at the entrance, you could opt for a guided tour, order skip- the- line tickets or combine skip-the-line-tickets with a self-guided audio tour. A private tour guide will get your children engaged and show you the site at your own pace.
You can also consider group tours that are specially designed tours for kids.
For self-guided audio tours for families in Knossos, we recommend Clio Muse. Minos’ Children: Daily Life in Knossos Tour is a captivating self-guided audio walking tour in Knossos’ palace with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. The tour takes advantage of local expertise to present the Minoan palace of Knossos. And when we say local, we mean it. Your guide is Yishharu, the son of an aristocratic family, who grew up in the peaceful years of Minoan naval power. He spent his life in the meandering corridors and the splendid rooms of the palace, so he is in a unique position to reveal the secrets of daily life in Minoan Crete. Clio Muse offers the readers of this blog a 15% discount on all audio tours. For prices and for more information on how to get the discount with the special code, have a look here.
Do not forget to bring water before you enter because inside there are no facilities to drink something. The site is not stroller friendly, there are several steps, stairs, and unpaved paths.
Knossos Crete with Anastasia
Family Travel Blogger Anastasia in Crete took her children to Knossos. She wrote down her story and family experience for Family Experiences Blog in the blog post Knossos where myths are real.
Have you been to Knossos, what was your favorite part?