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“Well worth the trip”
Review of Ancient Aptera

Ancient Aptera
Ranked #3 of 80 things to do in Chania Town
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

Located about 25km outside Hania, Aptera is an Roman archaeological site but also has a fortress, WW II machine gun batteries and a monastery. We cycled to it, but it is uphill. There are beautiful views from the site but it is an active archaeological dig so not all areas are open at all times. Beware the water cisterns contain vicious mosquitos and as it is underground daytime doesn't matter. It just shows the wealth of history in Crete.

Visited June 2014
Thank Martdris
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Oslo, Norway
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“Easily accessible ancient ruins”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

Wanting to spend only half a day "sightseeing some old stuff", going to aptera seemed like a good idea, only a short drive away from Chania. The site is certainly nice, with impressive cisterns and other old constructions. The fortress was not open to the public unfortunately, dont know if it ever is. Also would have liked a bit more explainations of the various things in addition to the room inside the main building showing the entire history.

All in all well worth the trip (especially as it is free) but keep in mind that it is a smaller site than some of the more famous ones in crete.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A really interesting site”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

I visited from Chania and did not have a car and did not want to pay the full taxi fare from Chania so I got a public bus to Souda and a taxi from there which worked well. I call the taxi company when I had finished and travelled the same way back. This was a really interesting site with no entrance fee and it has great views. It had a good variety of ruins - the water cisterns in particular are wonderful. There were spring flowers around and lots of birdsong.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Diana B
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Dover, United Kingdom
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“Great site to visit”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Well worth the short detour up the hill from the E75 and its free ( not open mondays ) . You are free to wander around the site , amazing water cisterns , and look at all of the ruins although the theatre is being excavated at the moment and is fenced off. If you feel like a walk park at the ruins of the entrance gate just beyond the last house of the village and follow the paved foot path between stone walls over the fields to the main site.

Visited May 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Interesting excavations”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Lovely to just wander round freely and explore. This is such a beautiful setting with amazing views in all directions. The theatre ruins are wonderful but unfortunately not accessible this year because of further excavations.

Visited May 2014
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