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Ancient Aptera

Address: Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #8 of 25 Attractions in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 183 Reviews
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural

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horebeke belgium
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

if you are in the apokoronas, don't mis this. huge roman cisterns, stunning vieuw and don't forget a visit in the fort.

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Chania, Greece
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Closed on the day of the week we chose to go, so check their web site. We still got to walk around and experience the atmosphere. Pretty cool place. Kind of a drive and nothing around to eat or drink, so bring snacks.

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We made a brief stop at Aptera overlooking the bay of Souda. This is the site of centuries of human use, layer upon layer of civilizations. There is not a lot to see in terms of buildings or human relics (there is a castle of sorts and other ancient bits and pieces) but the view from the summit is breathtaking... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Learnt so much about the history of Crete. Site was untouched and easy to walk round. closed Mondays

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Brighton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

An excellent place just to wander round, a site that spans over 2000 years of history. You can wander through an old bathhouse and paths where pieces of ancient pillars and structures dot the dusty landscape. The Roman water store is epic, a vast, pillared, mostly subterranean chamber. The renaissance and later era buildings are mainly intact. Just up the... More 

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Essen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

amazing views of surrounding scenery and the sea around Suda bay, like much of Kreta, the island offers combination of mountain and sea places.

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

They did a lot of restauration but more need to be done. Fantastic views over the valley and if you are prepared to climb a lot, you find more.

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Crete, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

This is a big site with most of the city lying unexcavated in nearby olive groves. The city was originally Greek and was later taken over by the Romans. There are impressive remains of massive Roman water cisterns. The biggest public buildings are the bath houses. As you climb the hill towards the site you pass the main gateway to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Excellent site good information boards (in Greek and English) due to it's layout you get a good sense of what it was like when it was an active city. Good little poster display giveing archeological background. Shame the theatre wasn't accessable. The site is exposed and no refreshments available so if you are visiting in the height of summer take... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Came across this by accident, but worth the trip a huge ancient city (BC) and well preserved. Bit uneven underfoot in places

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