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Address: Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece

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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!...

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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Opole, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

An interesting place on the hill, opposite the Chania town. Peaceful mountain region with very good places to dine and relax. It's evidently cheaper than on the other side of the Suda Bay. Many small, family hotels with excellent views and home kitchen of perfect quality.

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Charing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

More Interesting to read about - 4 or was it 5? civilisations have built on this spot, but apart from the Romans, not a lot left to see (huge cistern is interesting - Romans brilliant at waterworks). No shelter and blisteringly hot on a July day. Allow half an hour and then go and have a cold lemonade in the... More 

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Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Well worth going to see..if only for the views of Souda Bay. Costs E3 to go in. It has some amazing archeological remains but you need to read up on the history so that you know what you are looking at!

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Zemst, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Well... Another pile of old stones, where you do not really get what was there, and how it was used and looked when built. It seriously lacks maintenance.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We have visited this site (having stayed in the village) three times. You used to be able to wander around at will as it was us fenced and we had not previously come across another person on previous visits. It is now all fenced in and they charge for you to get in but it has some amazing archeological remains... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Someone here in review said, that he spent 2 hrs there... i am wondering:why? Few ruins, but you can see everyting in less than 45 min. The best is a chapel and a cistern, that's all folks :) 18 km from Chania, one ticket costs 3 euro... I think that you'd better choose Knossos :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We have stayed twice in Aptera and a walk up to the Ancient ruins is an excellent way to pass a few hours. The ruins are well identified and the central courtyard and small church are magical. The display area is very good too and a good place to cool down!

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Chania, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Tip: Go as early in the morning as you can and bring cold drinks with you. The site has very little shade and no cafe. Don't miss the German machine gun emplacements from WW11. This site has ancient Hellenic city walls and temple, some of the best Roman remains on the island and machine gun emplacements from the German occupation... More 

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Address: Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Chania Prefecture  >  Chania Town

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