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Ancient Aptera

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Address: Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Half-Day Crete Village Life Walking Tour
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Closed on Mondays!

We drove to this site on a Monday without realizing it was closed. We were really disappointed! However, you can still walk around the perimeter and see a lot of the site... not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
myckameleon
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We drove to this site on a Monday without realizing it was closed. We were really disappointed! However, you can still walk around the perimeter and see a lot of the site... not up close but we made the best of it. We met a lady from the UK that told us its a better site than Knossos. Wish we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ancient Aptera outside Souda near Chania is little advertised. We found by chance and a worthy visit was had. Opening 8am -3pm it's a sprawling well cared for ruins that follows Knossos into Roman times. It boasts a monastery Roman cisterns and an amphitheatre among others. Get there early as it gets hot in summer. Small crowds. No tour guides... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although there isn't much to see in this fortification, it offers a nice view to the Venetian Lighthouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After previously going to Pompeii in the previous months I was very surprised with how none of the ruins were fenced off and how you could touch and climb everything. Small fee to enter although friends who have been coming to Crete for years said last time they went it was free. Amazing views over Crete, highly recommend.

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Addlestone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately we had to rush around the site as it closed st 3 pm. which was a shame. What we saw was amazing.

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Essen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent 3 hours there and every minute of it was worth it. Although there is a ticket counter, I was able to enter it for free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful setting for some simple ruins. Fun for children to explore and wander and very few things off limits. The admission was also very reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Chania and this is a very close drive (13 km east of Chania) so it is really a must see for history enthusiasts. Aptera was settled by the Greeks (of course) and occupied/taken over by the Romans. The most visible archaeological traces in the ruins belong to the Geometric Period (1000- 685 BC), the Hellenistic Period (323-... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited 12.30 in July, mindful of closing time of 3 o'clock. What a stunning place. Really sympathetically restored and NO CROWDS unlike Knossos which was packed and utterly lacking in atmosphere as a result. Ancient Aptera is an incredible architectural feat and even though it was midday, there were places to get some shade. Amphitheatre and triple-vaulted Roman cistern were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Relatively easy to find and to get there by car. Some of the buildings are well preserved and give you an idea about the capabilities of the people of that time. The amphitheater is amazing, the acoustics in the middle of the scene is still working today! Not very much to do other than looking at the ruins, in one... More 

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