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Wonderful inclusive experience

Being able to walk in and around the site makes it seem much more real. The size of the buildings... read more

Reviewed yesterday
rossdmd
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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Aptera. The heart of Crete.

Going to Crete? Stop the bus and go to Aptera. Step into the Greek time machine and walk about... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
gazaroid
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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“souda bay” (49 reviews)
“roman baths” (7 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Being able to walk in and around the site makes it seem much more real. The size of the buildings is impressive. Walking and seeing the German machine gun placements was unexpected. The view is beautiful

Thank rossdmd
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Going to Crete? Stop the bus and go to Aptera. Step into the Greek time machine and walk about with the Gods looking over you. Enough of the poetry, read the reviews they are all true. If I've endorsed it then say no more.

Thank gazaroid
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This site is definitely one for the history and culture day in Crete. It is just 2Euro to enter the site and children are free, students only 1Euro. The Roman bath house, the villa and the amphitheatre are just incredible, add to that the water...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's only 2 euros each entry and the vaulted water cisterns are very impressive, as is the amphitheatre. More explanation signs are needed but there is a tv with English audio in the monistry building which is worth listening to before you walk around the...More

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The work on uncovering and restoring this ancient site is ongoing so many of the earlier reviews are out of date now. There is a very good information building inside with a video showing and explaining the ruined city. It was all in Greek language...More

Thank Keith P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good selection of ruins. I wish however there was more explanations on the structures. There are a series of displays in the old monastery which explained more about the history of the site but that was about it. It would be great to see...More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mostly ruins except for a few constructions. One main building at the entrance was the monastry and has a cobbled courtyard and one room with details of the town's history and an explanatory video. Walk down the hill amongst the ruins and see the large...More

Thank Simon T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aptera is located on top of a hill overseeing Souda bay. An important strategic location for defence and survival in the Helenistic as well as the Roman times. Many buildings, and a fair amount of information can be experienced without too many people. A must...More

Thank christia200145
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this ancient city . The ancient theatre is very well presented and the fascinating cisterns are amazing . Very good value . Excellent views close by of Souda Bay.

1  Thank ChrisJane25
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was 4 euros for the 3 of us to get in. The ticket collector gave us a friendly and helpful 5 minute description of the site and then we could go where we liked. It was refreshing to go somewhere like this and actually...More

Thank Keith C
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Wendy S
4 August 2016|
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Response from Judy M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry it took me so long to answer. These ruins are so so easy a drive from chania. So close and easy. YES rent a car. We used Rental Center Crete for our rental car. We loved it. NO hassle. And we arrived at the... More
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Ian M
30 November 2015|
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Response from Judy M | Reviewed this property |
From the harbor to the Ruins, probably a 30 minute drive. We rented a car the whole time we were in Chania. We have traveled over lots of Europe over the years. Some places are simply public transport is the way to go. And... More
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