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Address: Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece

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A splendid way to spend an hour or more

Yet again, on our umpteenth visit to this beautiful area, we were not disappointed. We've visited Aptera more or less every month and have always managed to see something... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Settle, United Kingdom
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Settle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Yet again, on our umpteenth visit to this beautiful area, we were not disappointed. We've visited Aptera more or less every month and have always managed to see something different - be it the flowers, the vista or part of a monument. For information, we were told that the theatre will be opening in September 2015.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Crete has many amazing ruins to visit and Ancient Aptera is one to put on your list. It is a short drive from Chania, Kalyves or Almyrida. The ruins are well preserved, particularly the Roman cisterns. The site is expanding as new ruins are being uncovered so not everything was open yet when I visited. Don't forget to drive over... More 

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Galatás, Khania, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

continue after aptera to the villages around kyriakoselia is one of the oldest church more 1000 years old and go for swimming at almirida.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Just a short drive from Chania city, 15 minutes, Attraction does not have drinks or snacks on site, so bring your own basket. Very scenic views of the valley and the port entrance area, and much historical for the Roman era of fortresses and building layouts

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Maybe it just a matter of expectations built on previous reviews ,but I found this site pretty boring. Crete has other gems in its territory.

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horebeke belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

if you are in the apokoronas, don't mis this. huge roman cisterns, stunning vieuw and don't forget a visit in the fort.

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Chania, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Closed on the day of the week we chose to go, so check their web site. We still got to walk around and experience the atmosphere. Pretty cool place. Kind of a drive and nothing around to eat or drink, so bring snacks.

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We made a brief stop at Aptera overlooking the bay of Souda. This is the site of centuries of human use, layer upon layer of civilizations. There is not a lot to see in terms of buildings or human relics (there is a castle of sorts and other ancient bits and pieces) but the view from the summit is breathtaking... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Learnt so much about the history of Crete. Site was untouched and easy to walk round. closed Mondays

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

An excellent place just to wander round, a site that spans over 2000 years of history. You can wander through an old bathhouse and paths where pieces of ancient pillars and structures dot the dusty landscape. The Roman water store is epic, a vast, pillared, mostly subterranean chamber. The renaissance and later era buildings are mainly intact. Just up the... More 

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