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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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Amazing Roman cisterns

This is a great archaeological site and is well worth a visit with entry silly cheap at two euros per person. The cavernous Roman cisterns were astonishing, plus many other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lennybob
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great archaeological site and is well worth a visit with entry silly cheap at two euros per person. The cavernous Roman cisterns were astonishing, plus many other excavations giving the impression there is much more to be uncovered here. It was enjoyable to walk around without crowds, and the high exposed setting gave great views. We chose... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we got there on a Monday. I'm sure the site is superb - what we were able to see through the closed gates looked very impressive and we would have really liked to explore. However for some reason it is quite difficult to figure out the opening hours; I can say, however, that it looks like Mondays around 4 pm... More 

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Thank Stephen G
Riga, Latvia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I agree with some previous reviewers this site could have been prettied up, but it is interesting for a curious visitor taking a break from never ending beaches. There is enough information about the history inside a has_been church, there is also wc. Roman cisterns are impressive and the general view at the coastline. Just dont drag small children with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were amazed by how much we could see (and how much is still left to show to the public). Very well taken care of, nice little museum with explanations and a lot to discover.

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Thank flucs
Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amphitheatre is glorious so too the huge cisterns and the partial bath complex. A hat and water are musts...that or a cloudier, breezy day [such as today]!. No refreshments though a toilet is on site. 2 euros if the entrance is 'manned'. Plenty of clear information detailing the phases of construction and re-discovery. Very few visitors so plenty of photo... More 

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Thank Val R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We absolutely loved it here and only €2 entrance fee. We happily spent a couple of hours bimbling about exploring. The amphitheater gives you a real sense of how the site would have been It's very exposed as you'd expect, so best to take a hat and plenty of water. A great way to spend a couple of hours and... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely - unspoilt ruins (if that isn't an oxymoron!) with breath-taking coastal views. Plenty of good information about what your seeing, and the chance to see a site still in the process of being discovered (complete with experts working!). Do bear in mind it is HOT in the summer and there is relatively little shade. Take plenty of water with... More 

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Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The site is an ancient city complete with an amphitheater that will built prior to the romans and the greeks showing up on the site. We had an architect in our group. She was picking up seemingly random rocks and explaining their purpose.. amazing..

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Leicester, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had visited Aptera several times previously, and even got married at the Turkish Fortress uphill from this ancient site. However, this was the first time we had actually visited the ancient site as previously we had assumed there wasn't much to see. How wrong we were! Huge amounts of work have been done in the last 6-7 years, carefully... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the advantage of staying 1km from here and so it was easy to get here early. I would recommend going as early as possible if going in the hottest months as it was baking hot and exposed. This limited the time we wanted to spend there. We would have come from much further to see the site -... More 

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