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Address: Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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the view of the suda bay is breathtaking

An old roman fortress, dont miss it. The view to the suda bay is breathtaking. Take water and spend some time there. Highly recomended

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Larisa, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An old roman fortress, dont miss it. The view to the suda bay is breathtaking. Take water and spend some time there. Highly recomended

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located 6 miles southeast of Souda near the village of Megala Chorafia. The archaeological site is the remains of the 8th century BC Minoan city of Aptera. The city was destroyed in 823 by Saracens (Muslim invaders). Ruins include cisterns from the Roman period, buildings from the Byzantine period, tombs of Geometric times and a sanctuary from the 4th century.... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We stayed in Georgioupolis and rented a car. Our best decision was to visit this place. One of the most important cities during tthe Minoan times! I think this is even better than visiting Knossos which is always very crowded. The Romas and ottomans were also here. Our best part was the Roman water tanks, we could not believe this... More 

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Thank elsaA A
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed a couple of hours here. Alot of ruins to see, and you can really get up close. The underground cisterns were a real suprise, as I wasn't expecting them and they were in fantastic condition. Tips; Take a hat and drink, as there is not much shade

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Very interesting Roman site. 3 euros entrance but I belive under 18s in education go free. Go early in the hot months as there is little shade.

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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

The site is easy to find, just off the E75 road and follow the signs. Only cost us 3 euro each. There is, however, an initial lack of information regarding what you're seeing and where to start, etc. There's a map next to the kiosk, at the start, which gives you 'some' orientation, but my advice it to begin your... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Lovely views, unspoiled, we were the only people there and wandered around at will.Peaceful and informative.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Aptera is situated up in the mountains above Chania - it's a beautiful place with terrific views across the sea. The site itself has been sensitively explored and preserved - there's not too much explanation and they have not, so far, been tempted to 'fill in the gaps' of what has not survived with what they think it might have... More 

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Duncan, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Everywhere we went was outstanding. WE hired a private car who took us for 5 hours all over the island and it was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

From kiani beach resort in October we had to get a taxi which the tour guide man said would be about 10 euro each way, it cost is 35 euro but he did wait for us (kind of invited himself to stay but we knew he would charge) place is great to see and was built over 2500 years ago.... More 

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