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Ancient Aptera

Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #8 of 27 Attractions in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Landsberg am Lech, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Amazing.... always wanted to visit Ancient Aptera and was not disappointed. The ruins are just mind boggling, and we would have stayed longer than the 3 hours we stayed, however it is very very hot, as the ruins are out in the wide open.... no shelter at all. A visit if you are a Ancient History aficionado is a MUST!.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Fantastic views over Souda, great Roman ruins, big area to wander around. The road up is narrow, which might explain why this stunning location isn't on too many tours, and the small team working there are very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A favorite visit year after year. The excavations continue to amaze! Each year the excavations reveal more and more secrets of this ancient site. I do hope the main fortress will open soon. We so enjoyed climbing and exploring in the past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Go early! There is no shade and it's a very impressive place to visit, so you will want to walk around. The site is free and the parking is plentiful. There are informative signs and maps that helped us understand the site and what we were viewing. Otherwise, the ruins are large and plentiful. In the centre is a 12th... More

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I did not really like it.the general area of Souda was not interesting or nice at all. It is only a port and nothing more. At Aptera you can see a small sample of Ancient Greek culture although there is lack of really good and illustrative guides and signs.

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N Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Bit out of Chania (20 mins) so need a car or taxi but a very interesting site you can largely just wander around for free. Go early as it closes mid afternoon. Highlight is the Roman water cistern which still retains much of its original vaulted roof. Amphitheatre currently under restoration so closed.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Simply epic place full of mainly Roman ruins (imposing water tanks, spa...), small former monastery, Turkish fortress Koules (which was now closed because of the reconstruction) and some other smaller sites around. I have visited this place several times and it looks better and better because of the reconstruction and excavation works. Unfortunately, in summer 2014, the are of the... More

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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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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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