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Ancient Aptera

Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #6 of 20 attractions in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Barnoldswick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I come up here every time we are in Kalyves. The building just reminds me how well they could build back in the Ottoman era. The views from the fort are amazing looking away from Souda towards Kalyves and there is also a rumour that there was a underground tunnel leading from the fort to the other side of Souda... More

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Main Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

a great insight into early civilization in this region. It puts everything in context. Lovely views from up there.

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dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The site itself is nice and intersting. Not much information or guides which was disappointing. However, the views of the bay are increadible. Be aware there are two sites at the top and you should drive between them.

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Largs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If your resort is anywhere near this ancient ruin then you must go visit.This is a settlement that is over 4 thousand years old set high above Souda Bay.From Hellenistic through Roman and latterly the Ottomans it has everything that tells it's own story. The ruins are stunning and a must see!!!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Grate castle and view, but will be grater when the works will end. A nice excursion , anyway. Be sure to wear strong shoes (for the ladies)

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Athens Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Just up from the old Turkish fort is Roman Aptera. It is one of the most impressive archeological sites near Chania. The cisterns for storing water are breathtaking. If you cannot find them it is probably because you are standing on their roof! There is also the remains of a villa - which is very atmospheric. Recent excavations have uncovered... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The castle is offering you an AMAZING panoramic view of mountains and the sea...... A must see for couples.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Located about 25km outside Hania, Aptera is an Roman archaeological site but also has a fortress, WW II machine gun batteries and a monastery. We cycled to it, but it is uphill. There are beautiful views from the site but it is an active archaeological dig so not all areas are open at all times. Beware the water cisterns contain... More

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Wanting to spend only half a day "sightseeing some old stuff", going to aptera seemed like a good idea, only a short drive away from Chania. The site is certainly nice, with impressive cisterns and other old constructions. The fortress was not open to the public unfortunately, dont know if it ever is. Also would have liked a bit more... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I visited from Chania and did not have a car and did not want to pay the full taxi fare from Chania so I got a public bus to Souda and a taxi from there which worked well. I call the taxi company when I had finished and travelled the same way back. This was a really interesting site with... More

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