The remains of the old Minoan port Komos are situated just a few meters away from the beach. The area was excavated twenty years ago by a team of archaeologists from the University Toronto, Canada. The most important findings dated at 1500BC are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
The palace of Festos was the second most important cultural centre of Minoan Crete after the palace of Knossos.
According to the legend the palace was founded by king Minos and governed by his brother Rodamanthys. This palace is also represented as the core of a settlement. Its beginning goes back many thousand years. The inner decoration of Festos was rather poor in comparison with Knossos. But the lining of the floors and walls with slabs of snow-white alabaster made him famous. The palace of Festos extends over a surface of approx. 9000 square meters.