Located about 5 km away from Heraklion, Knossos epitomizes the peak of Minoan civilization (2700–1420 BC). Its labyrinthine wonder complex of palaces served as a political and ceremonial center. Known for its advanced architecture and vivid frescoes depicting Minoan life, Knossos is associated with Greek mythology, especially the myth of the Minotaur. Excavated and partially reconstructed by Sir Arthur Evans, the site offers a fascinating insight into the cultural sophistication and mythological charm of ancient Crete, that leave today’s visitors in awe. Rent a car with Best Hellenic and prepare for a drive through the Minoan Era!
Off to Knossos with the best car Heraklion
A timeless gem, still holding wonders to be unlocked. Explore the key attractions and find out why a rental car will enhance your experience.
The Magnificent Palace
Step into the heart of the city and discover an architectural marvel of grand staircases, interconnected living spaces, and vibrant paintings of daily life moments, religious rituals and symbolic imagery. The layout of the palace incorporates Greek mythology into its mystery, sparking much fascination and study, with its maze-like design contributing to the myth of the Labyrinth.
Excavated and partially reconstructed, Knossos is a site of significant archaeological discoveries. Gain an insight into the advanced technological and cultural finesse of the Minoans, as evidenced by the stunning design and artistic treasures unearthed at the site, such as pottery, tools and artifacts.
Embark on a journey into Greek mythology as the story of King Minos, the Minotaur and the Labyrinth unravels. See how these legends have left an indelible mark on Knossos, telling the tale of its culture and adding extra interest to your visit.
Knossos and beyond
Keep your exploring options open, by choosing the best car rental in Heraklion. Enjoy the freedom to visit other archaeological sites, take scenic routes, stop at villages and discover hidden attractions, not accessible by public transport. A unique off-the-beaten-track adventure!
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An experience tailor-made to you
Make the most of your trip enjoying the benefits that the best car rental in Heraklion can offer you:
- Flexibility to create your own schedule and explore at your own pace
- Efficiency, so you can rent a car at Heraklion port, Heraklion airport, Chania port, Chania airport, Chania town, Ierapetra, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, Elounda, ammoudara hotel or pick it up from your requested location.
- Convenience, as you can even rent a car without a credit card, to jumpstart your visit to Knossos and immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of Crete.
Choose your favorite car, and off you go!
Knossos is a landmark of global importance, for its role as the vibrant heart of the Minoan civilization, its profound archaeological value, and its useful insights into the roots of European history and culture. To this day, it remains a captivating topic of study, ongoing excavation, academic exploration and fascinating site, covered in a veil of mystery and intrigue.