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Ancient Aptera

73200, Souda, Crete, Greece
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Revisited 12 years later....

Still as fascinating as ever, but the amphitheatre developments are really great. The ‘sweet spot... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
AmRogHor
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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Ruins with lot of history and awesome view on the bay!

This is definitely worth visiting. This is cheap and you visit ruins of an ancient city with a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Machaon13
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Nice, France
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73200, Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Still as fascinating as ever, but the amphitheatre developments are really great. The ‘sweet spot’ on the ‘stage’ is impressive. Only 2 euros!!!!

Thank AmRogHor
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely worth visiting. This is cheap and you visit ruins of an ancient city with a theater, a fortress, old temples and a monastery. The view on the bay is incredible and the theater is also a nice and interesting visit. We did...More

Thank Machaon13
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a spectacular place to visit, it’s cheap €2 per adult and kids are free. Your free to roam around the ruins and really feel you can get up close with an incredible part of history. The amphitheater was amazing, it’s felt very u...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

If you must make a choice between Knossos and Aptera, then make sure it’s Aptera. What a great site. No Disney displays here! An amazingly well laid out site that hasn’t been given the “Arthur Evans”treatment. The simplicity of the excavations and the resulting thoughts...More

3  Thank Samboii
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

A lovely example of a Cretan culture at it's best . The ruins are offer visitors a peak into Crete's past, an absolute gem well worth a visit I recommend Ancient Aptera to our customers at The Olive Ranch Children's Farm, picnic site and play...More

1  Thank theoliveranch
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

We spent hours here wandering around the ruins, and musing at how it must have been to live there 3000 years ago. It spans the Minoans, the Greeks and the Romans, and the remains of German pillboxes from the WW2 occupation, so lots of history....More

Thank Phil W
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Aptera near Souda ( Chania) is an 2400 years old roman site placed on a very large area. Alas in 365 AC its was destroyed. But its old remanings are very beautiful. Especially the old Roman amphitheater is beautiful.

Thank Leo V
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

I’ve been there several times now and it never disappoints. There are many Roman ruins including a vaulted chamber, and villa, ampitheatre, also Manonan ruins and a huge Turkish Fortress, lots to see if your into that sort of thing.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We arrived on the Sunday at 2:50 PM only to be told they were closing! Apparently it open at 8 AM to 3 PM not very tourist friendly. Hidden from the outside is not much to say pretty disappointing.

Thank James7001
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

This site offers a fascinating insight into the varied civilisations who have lived on Crete. There are information boards as you wander at your leisure around the site and a very good information centre and video too. Don't let young kids out of sight as...More

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Wendy S
4 August 2016|
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Response from Judy M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry it took me so long to answer. These ruins are so so easy a drive from chania. So close and easy. YES rent a car. We used Rental Center Crete for our rental car. We loved it. NO hassle. And we arrived at the... More
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Ian M
30 November 2015|
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Response from Judy M | Reviewed this property |
From the harbor to the Ruins, probably a 30 minute drive. We rented a car the whole time we were in Chania. We have traveled over lots of Europe over the years. Some places are simply public transport is the way to go. And... More
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