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Address: Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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The view from the ancient fort is stunning

Aptera, where the Muses battled the Sirens in a musical competition in mythological times. The archaeological site is interesting but a lot still needs to be excavated. Follow... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Aptera, where the Muses battled the Sirens in a musical competition in mythological times. The archaeological site is interesting but a lot still needs to be excavated. Follow the road through to the castle on the promontory. The view of Apokoronas and its fertile plain watered by mountain springs, as well as the bay of Souda is the best in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Some impressive ruins high above Aptera. Small entrance charge but kids (even big ones!) were free. Due to ongoing works not everything was accessible (we couldn't get to the amphitheatre for example), but still a fair amount to see with the huge Roman water cisterns particularly impressive. Site closes @3pm (from memory) so early visits are recommended.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very well worth a journey to visit, not the least bit crowded. Take plenty of water with you - it can get very hot up on the hill. You do get a basic map andx can work out where most things are. Largely unspoilt and very little "alterations".

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Ancient Aptera is a truly amazing archaeological site comprising of ancient bathhouses, villas, temples, a theatre and more! One of the highlights for us was a cavernous cistern, which was very atmospheric. When we stepped inside there was a ghostly murmur from within - turned out to be birds roosting! The entry fee is only 3 euros, so it is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

3 Euros to get in, open until 3pm . Leaflet given was very wordy and difficult to relate to the piles of rocks around us. Some well restored sections. Excellent views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

at the end of my patience now with old bricks, but this was okay. This is the last of a week of Greece and Turkey.

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Stewkley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A range of ruins to see from different era's and fantastic views across the bay. Worth a visit if you are interested in the history of the island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My wife and I visited the Aptera ruins back in 1997, when we came to Greece for the wedding of our close friends. Back then we found out about Aptera from guide books. Still look back fondly on that trip, but the fact that the Drachma was cheap made it better. We haven't been back since the Euro conversion, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

When we visited the castle was unfortunately closed but it was still worth the drive up the hill & the views across Suda Bay that were so beautiful!...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Definitely worth going to see. Take water and a camera :) Everything is well sign posted and very educational.

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