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.
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