Minoan Sites

For people who are keen to explore those Minoan sites that still survive today - or want to find the best places to view Minoan history - our interactive Minoan sites map and sites list can provide an excellent starting point.

There’s an initial selection of interesting Minoan sites and Minoan ruins and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your travels. Once you’ve explored the list of Minoan sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Minoan ruins.

Our database of Minoan historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Minoan sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Minoan Period: Site Index

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Akrotiri

Akrotiri is a beautifully preserved ancient site in Santorini, famed for its incredible frescos and its connection with the Minoans.

Akrotiri is a beautifully preserved ancient site in Santorini, famed for its incredible frescos and its connection with the Minoans. In fact, Akrotiri was inhabited as early as the 4th millennium BC - some say earlier - during the late Neolithic period. It would then thrive and grow into a... Read More

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum explores the ancient history of Crete with exhibitions looking at the Minoan period.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a museum dedicated to Crete’s ancient past, spanning the time from the Neolithic period to the Roman period, being a period of around 5,500 years. The highlight of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is possibly its extensive Minoan collection, being one of the most comprehensive in the... Read More

Knossos

Probably the most famous surviving Minoan site, Knossos is an archaeological site which was once a thriving city at the centre of the Minoan civilisation.

Knossos or ‘ko-no-so’ was an important ancient site found on the outskirts of the modern city of Heraklion in Crete. It is believed that Knossos was first established a place of settlement in Neolithic times in around 7000 BC and then continuously inhabited until the Ancient Roman period. Knossos reached its... Read More