In the Mesaras valley, in the south-central part of the Heraklion prefecture, about 60km from the city centre, you will come across Faistos archaeological site.
Built on a hill, the Minoan Palace and the town of Faistos, have been the second most important centre during the Minoan period, after Knossos.
According to historical information, Faistos was inhabited during the Neolothic period until the Hellenistic period, while it flourished during the Minoan period. The first palaces were built in 1900 B.C, which occupied, along with the surrounding buildings, 18,000 m².
Faistos rule stretched from Cape Lithino to Cape Melissa, while it also had two important ports, Matala and Kommos.
Nowadays, at Faistos you can see the palace that was built after the first one was destroyed in 1700 B.C.