Crete Day 2

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A great view from the top down to Matala
We got up early next day to explore more of Matala and hiking to the "Red Beach". At first we've been to the supermarket for some water and fruits for lunch. Then we started hiking. I know it's stupid to hike when it's noon and hot as hell but hey it was our first time in Crete and we're willing to learn. At least we had our hats with us.

After about 20 - 30 minutes on a steep trail we reached the top and the view from there was amazing :) Now I know why it's called "Red Beach". From the top the sand looked red. Some more 10 minutes later we reached the beach and looked for a cosy place. It wasn't very crowded anymore. Travelling season was nearly over.

After some hours of sun bathing and swimming in the warm ocean we went back to the hotel for a shower. Then we decided to drive to the ancient place of Festos / Phaistos (there are different ways of diction). It was great to be there at late afternoon a short time before the venue closes. Less people were there and it was great to explore the place and taking photos. Phaistos is really worth a visit. It's not as big as Knossos but for me it was more interesting. It was more authentic. I let Wikipedia help me for more information ;)

Phaistos (Greek: Φαιστός), also transliterated as Phaestos, Festos and Phaestus is an ancient city on the island of Crete.
Red Beach
Phaistos was located in the south-central portion of the island, about 5.6 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea. It was inhabited from about 4000 BC.[1] A palace, dating from the Middle Bronze Age, was destroyed by an earthquake during the Late Bronze Age. Knossos along with other Minoan sites was destroyed at that time. The palace was rebuilt toward the end of the Late Bronze Age.

Phaistos had its own currency and had created an alliance with other autonomous Cretan cities, and with the king of Pergamon Eumenes II.
Red Beach
Around the end of the 3rd century BC, Phaestos destroyed by the Gortynians and since then ceased to exist in the history of Crete. Scotia Aphrodite and goddess Leto (was called and Phytia also) worshiped there. People of Phaistos distinguished for their funny adages. Phaistian in his descent was Epimenides who was the wise man who had been invited by the Athenians to clean the city from the Cylonian affair (Cyloneio agos) at the 6th cent. BC.

The Old Palace was built in the Protopalatial Period,[6] then rebuilt twice due to extensive earthquake damage. When the palace was destroyed by earthquakes, the re-builders constructed a New Palace atop the old.

Pottery has been recovered at Phaistos from in the Middle and Late Minoan periods, including polychrome items and embossing in imitation of metal work.
Red Beach
Bronze Age works from Phaistos include bridge spouted bowls, eggshell cups, tall jars and large pithoi.[7]

The first palace was built about 2000 BC. This section is on a lower level than the west courtyard and has a nice facade with a plastic outer shape, a cobbled courtyard, and a tower ledge with a ramp, which leads up to a higher level. The old palace was destroyed three times in a time period of about three centuries. After the first and second disaster, reconstruction and repairs were made, so there are distinguished three construction phases. Around 1400 BC, the invading Achaeans destroyed Phaistos, as well Knossos. The palace appears to have been unused thereafter, as evidence of the Mycenaean era have not been found.

I hope I haven't bored you with too much history ;)


We enjoyed the sunset and went back to Matala for dinner.
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A great view from the top down to …
A great view from the top down to…
Red Beach
Red Beach
Red Beach
Red Beach
Red Beach
Red Beach
Red Beach
Red Beach
View from the ancient palace of Ph…
View from the ancient palace of P…
A look to the other side ;)
A look to the other side ;)
Several store bins, called pithoi,…
Several store bins, called pithoi…
Some of them are huge
Some of them are huge
Aswell as other household articles
Aswell as other household articles
A pot
A pot
Matala
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