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Ancient Aptera

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Beautiful view

We started at the ruins of the city gate, right by the road. No point in walking to far up, what... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hege O
Definitely worth a visit

Definitely worth a visit! We managed it with out 3 year old and had a great time. Much better then... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We started at the ruins of the city gate, right by the road. No point in walking to far up, what you can see from the road mostly is it. Then we drove further up to the other ruins. Lovely remains of a theater and...More

Thank Hege O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit! We managed it with out 3 year old and had a great time. Much better then expected from reading the description in our Lonely Planet book. 2 euros entrance fee at the main site; but first jump out of your car...More

1  Thank Hathor01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not much time to see everything in detail as the site closes at 3pm and we got there at 2:20! But still enough time to get a feel for the place and take in the views. Well worth the visit.

Thank Liz W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get up early if you are there in high season as it can be very warm.Don't miss the water storage chambers. Stand in the centre of the amphitheatre and recite or sing to appreciate the acoustics. Closes at 3pm each day - great value at...More

1  Thank Tania A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If anybody wants to get off the beaten track for a real Crete flavour this is for you,perched on top of a hillside overlooking the White mountains,Souda bay and a fantastic coast line,don't forget camera,although difficult to find its on all the maps and well...More

Thank judithhoward
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We first discovered Aptera in 2000 and have been back many, many times since. We now live on Crete and Aptera is a must show for all our many visitors. Check out the Roman cistern, the amphitheatre and also the villa and marvel at the...More

Thank Topdriller
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visitors can view remnants of successive periods of occupation at this strategic site with a commanding view over Souda Bay: Hellenic, Roman, Venetian - and even German from WW2. The most obvious buildings are Roman. In addition to the largely intact cisterns, which are distinctive,...More

Thank B9dogs
Reviewed 9 June 2017

A very astonishing archeological area. To discover a sunny day before 15:00. Take good shoes and get informe by the friendly man at r

2  Thank pekka677
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Aptera was inhabited for some 3000 years and could potentially be one of the great historical visiting sites of Crete/Greece. Unfortunately too little of it has been excavated meaning that you need to be a bit of a history nerd (like me) properly to appreciate...More

1  Thank michael r
Reviewed 5 June 2017

is very nice small village with very good restaurant ! nice view and very good weather . we eat very good cretan food in this village .

Thank jaroslawniemczyk
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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
Ian M
30 November 2015|
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