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“Mostly closed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ancient Aptera

Ancient Aptera
Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #8 of 25 Attractions in Chania Town
4.5 of 5 stars 183 Reviews
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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St. Dogmaels, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Mostly closed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Opening hours for the old monastery are displayed on the locked gate, but no-one came to open up on the afternoon we were there. Elsewhere the Roman amphitheatre is also off-limits at the moment, but still we had a nice wander round. Interpretation boards seem a bit confused about the difference between the Minoan era stuff and the Romans! Maybe something got lost in translation. There's clearly a great deal more to be unearthed at this site.

Visited April 2014
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“Worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Didn't expect very much from it, especially that it's only being excavated. Lots of interesting ruins to see, free maps, lots of good information, free admission and beautiful view from the plateau.
Site is open for visitors from 8am to 3pm.

Visited April 2014
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Fredericton, Canada
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“The crossroads of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

If you are lucky enough to visit this site in the off season, you will have it pretty much to yourself and you can wander around and marvel at the historical importance of Aptera in Cretan history. Enjoy lunch at the small tavernas in the village, with amazing views.

Visited March 2014
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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“History in spades.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Well worth a wander. To see what was once a roman city, with the most amazing view over Souda Bay, and all for free, cannot be missed if you have any interest in "ruin". The giant cisterns have to be stood in to be believed, bigger than a cathederal, awe inspiring. Down to the village of Aptera and the taverena with "the blue chairs" Greek food at its best.

Visited June 2013
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Manama, Bahrain
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“Worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Breathtaking view from the top of Souda Bay. Only 20 minutes from Chania Old Town. Renting a car in Old Town is very cheap. We used Kriti-Plus info@kritiplus.gr

Visited March 2014
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