Gortys is one of the most important cities in Crete. With its 6,000-year history, it is one of Greece’s most significant archaeological sites. One of the most important finds from the ancient site is the Law Code of Gortys, which is carved on the Great Inscription in twelve columns. The principles on which modern law is based were born here.
We will visit the Ancient Palace of Phaestos, where the as yet un-deciphered Disc of Phaestos was found (now displayed in Heraklion’s museum). The palace enjoys a spectacular panoramic view that has remained unchanged through the centuries.
Our last stop is the seaside village of Matala, the immemorial hideaway of the persecuted, with its rock caves and sparkling bay. We will enjoy our lunch by the sea before returning to our base through the fertile Messara plain and its picturesque villages and historical monasteries.