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Address: Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece

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A little bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort. In any other country this would be a World Heritage site. Amazing access to some well preserved ancient buildings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Comrie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A little bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort. In any other country this would be a World Heritage site. Amazing access to some well preserved ancient buildings - especially the Roman remains - in a stunning location. Main criticism would be the need for more extensive information about individual structures.

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Chania Town, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

the whole area is impressive !!! I likes a lot the very old and in good contition buildings !! I did like also that there was a person who explain to everyone what is that place !!

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Chania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Fantastic place with an amazing view. I've taken lots of people there and they all love it. There is a very old cistern, about 2000 years. Also an old amphitheater, which unfortunately has had lots of stones removed, but you can still see it. I love the old columns that must have been a stunning house or temple. You need... More 

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eastbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

What a wonderful place. Situated on the top of a hill overlooking Souda bay, ancient Aptera has some fantastically preserved Roman and Greek ruins - including an amazing triple vaulted cistern for storing water for the baths, ruins of a Roman villa and a Greek amphitheatre (which was sadly closed when we visited due to ongoing archeological work). Fascinating if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Lovely place full of flowers and archaeological remains. We have been here so many times and loved every visit. Wonderful views and amazing remains from different periods of history. Don't miss this one!

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Tuxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Even my friends who aren't that hot on ancient History enjoyed the visit here. Students get in free and the views are amazing, the White Mountains can easily be seen along with Souda Bay and Chania. The meadow was full of bees and you can easily navigate through the ruins. The ruins all have signs showing what they are and... More 

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Whaley bridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

A must-see location - stunning views, ongoing archaeology on-site, and different periods (ancient Cretan, Roman, Venetian, even WWII!). Relaxed layout (you can find your own way through the site) with some interpretation, easy to reach, with some cafés and a small shop in the village. (Also loos available at the site). Kids free so a bargain as well. Open to... More 

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Settle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Yet again, on our umpteenth visit to this beautiful area, we were not disappointed. We've visited Aptera more or less every month and have always managed to see something different - be it the flowers, the vista or part of a monument. For information, we were told that the theatre will be opening in September 2015.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Crete has many amazing ruins to visit and Ancient Aptera is one to put on your list. It is a short drive from Chania, Kalyves or Almyrida. The ruins are well preserved, particularly the Roman cisterns. The site is expanding as new ruins are being uncovered so not everything was open yet when I visited. Don't forget to drive over... More 

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Galatás, Khania, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

continue after aptera to the villages around kyriakoselia is one of the oldest church more 1000 years old and go for swimming at almirida.

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