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Ancient Aptera

Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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breathtaking views

a must to visit, also the fortress close by as the views are amazing you can see all around the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sally L
Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom
Wonderful views

When we arrived and found it was only 2 euro to enter we wondered if there was anything worth... read more

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

a must to visit, also the fortress close by as the views are amazing you can see all around the harbour.

Thank Sally L
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived and found it was only 2 euro to enter we wondered if there was anything worth seeing (just shows how used you get to English prices). There was lots to explore and the scents of the wild flowers really did add to...More

Thank JB2009
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places to visit in Chania, the view from the hilltop is magnificent and the ruins are both extensive and carefully preserved, it is a much more authentic experience than Knossos. The ruins are sprawling so you will need at...More

Thank Matthew1268
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of information and cheap entry at 2 euros per person. Fantastic views, would recommend a baby carrier instead of a buggy as terrain is rough and there are steps in places.

Thank Hol899
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating ruins giving the visitor an idea of the history of Crete from 5th C BC through to 19th C AD The site is quite extensive with the various ruins in natural settings The barrel vaulted cisterns show the skill of the Romans whilst the...More

Thank david s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am writing this review because I had difficulty finding up-to-date information on how to get to Aperta when you don't have a car and I thought my observations might be useful for people in a similar situation. We caught a taxi from Chania (25...More

4  Thank 400carolyn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit Aptera not expecting anything special and how wrong we were. It was a beautiful place with much ore to see than we thought. The spring flowers were fantastic. It is open at 08,30 in the morning and that was a perfect...More

Thank halfwayherbs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ancient greek theatre which is placed in Aptera region very close to the hotel. You can rent car or taxi with low prices to go at chania town too.

Thank Errikos B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! What an experience that was!!! We went to Aptera with our tour guide - Lefteris Nikiforakis and it was SPECTACULAR! Aptera is an ancient town where you can see the walk of history through 4 (!) different eras - Minoyan civilization, Venetian occupation, Turkish...More

Thank Mariya T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice place to visit, especially in spring when all the flowers bloom. The entrance is very cheap (2 euros). I especially like the small old church.

Thank Adela I
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Hello does anyone know if ancient aptera is open Easter Sunday? I know it's closed Mondays. Thanks
15 April 2017|
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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