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    Best time to visit Knossos Heraklion | Opening hours, duration, & more

    Today

    Open 8am–8pm

    Last Admission

    7:45pm

    Knossos Palace

    Knossos Palace opening hours:

    • 1st Jan - 31st March: 8am - 5pm
    • 1st Apr - 31st August: 8am - 8pm
    • 1st Sep - 16th Sep: 8am - 7:30pm
    • 17th Sep - 30th Sep: 8am - 7pm
    • 1st Oct - 15th Oct: 8am - 6:30pm
    • 16th Oct - 31st Oct: 8am - 6pm
    • 1st Nov - 31st Dec: 8am - 5pm

    Jan 1 TO Mar 31 Timings

    Days (Jan 1 TO Mar 31)

    TIMINGSLast Admission
    Monday 8:00am–5:00pm 4:45pm
    Tuesday 8:00am–5:00pm 4:45pm
    Wednesday 8:00am–5:00pm 4:45pm
    Thursday 8:00am–5:00pm 4:45pm
    Friday 8:00am–5:00pm 4:45pm
    Saturday 8:00am–5:00pm 4:45pm
    Sunday 8:00am–5:00pm 4:45pm
    Knossos Palace of Heraklion

    Last entry: 15 minutes before closing time

    Closed on:

    • Jan 1
    • March 25
    • May 1
    • Easter Sunday
    • Dec 25
    • Dec 26

    Best time to visit the Knossos Palace

    Weekday vs Weekend

    • Weekends: Whether you plan a visit to the Knossos Palace on weekdays or weekends, you cannot escape crowds. Even during the shoulder seasons, between March to May, the site greets a considerable number of visitors. There may be a surge in hotel and restaurant prices. Parking spots are limited, however, you can use public parking spaces nearby.
    • Weekdays: Weekdays are comparatively less crowded than weekends. If you reach the site early in the day, you can avoid the 10am rush of group visitors. You can also visit around late afternoon. You may have to wait around an hour, but you can cut down the wait time with priority access tickets.

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    Pleasant
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    Peak season vs Low season

    • Peak season (June to August): Most families and students vacation during the summer holidays. The warm temperatures are ideal for exploring outdoor sites like the Knossos Palace.
    • Mid-season (April to June, September to October): The temperatures are pleasant and the crowds are more manageable, making these the best months to visit the site. You can comfortably explore the palace without risking a heatstroke.
    • Low season (November to March): The weather in Crete is rainy and cold around this time, with very few tourists. If you choose to visit around this time, you can have a relaxed tour of the site. You can also enjoy reduced hotel prices and discounts in restaurants.

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