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Ancient Aptera

Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #8 of 26 Attractions in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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København, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you are interested in the classical age, like Pompei, then the ruins are just for you. An old roman town, well preserved. Work is still in progress to dig out more of the ruins. We wish they had done more for the tourists with guides and info screens. There is much more potential for telling the story in the... More

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Chaniá, Khania, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The scenery is fantastic, the energy of the place is luring you to explore it. A great sample of ancient ruins and a real wonder how this place was build up on that hill!

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Bath, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Huge Roman and Venetian ruins. Sadly amphitheatre wasn't open as was being worked on. Stunning location.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Interesting to see and would certainly be fantastic for those more interested in these types of ruins

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We arrived at around midday on Sunday and the site was closed. There are good views from the top of the site but as everything is within a secured site we didnt get to see much. Disappointing visit.

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Chania Prefecture, Greece
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

a nice archeological area from the roman times with free entrance, some meters away an Ottoman castle with great views to Souda port. Top place to enjoy one of the best sunsets on the island

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A very large site with some impressive remains, not yet all excavated. In my opinion better than Knossos as there is nothing artificial and the site has not been exploited for tourism. Do check opening times - entry is free but if you turn up at the wrong time you will only be able to see a very small part... More

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Leicestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a really wonderful, magical place to visit. The Aptera is located very high on a hill, with breathtaking views of Souda bay, and down towards Chania. The site has multiple attractions - the ancient city and the active archaeological sites, the medieval fort, and a view down to a more modern fortress with second world war gun mounts... More

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Landsberg am Lech, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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

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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