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Ancient Aptera

Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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If anybody wants to get off the beaten track for a real Crete flavour this is for you,perched on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
The spiritual heart of old Crete

We first discovered Aptera in 2000 and have been back many, many times since. We now live on Crete... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chania Town, Greece
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 2 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank pekka677
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank michael r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was very disappointed by what we saw. The remnants of the ancient culture in a terrible state. Any country owning such relics of the times would keep them in much better condition. The local archaeologists cleared the ancient theatre. Roman baths is striking at...More

1  Thank Andrey E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ancient site has been well cared for with accessible information regarding it's history. The highlights include the newly restored ancient theatre and the massive Roman cisterns. The stone theatre has amazing acoustics - stand in the middle of the performance area on the circular...More

1  Thank racoles
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tourist department could make more of the site. The brochures could be improved. The site was of interest but either expert knowledge is required or a guide.

Thank Aristeppus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good glimpse of ancient life through ruins of a fort, an established settlement main building, a residence and rambling walls, with a bitter reminder of the Turkish prison (quite recent) at the bottom of the hill. Easy to get to, just off the road from...More

1  Thank Pericles P
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Wendy S
Hi. How far is Aptera from Chania and is there transportation to get there and back?
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
How do we get there from Chania Venetian harbour by public transport ?
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