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Fascinating archaeological site

Fascinating archaeological site that offers low key explorations without the crowds normally... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
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Well worth a visit

Some tips. Tour buses pull out shortly after 11:00 so if you arrive then you have the place pretty... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
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“roman cistern” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Fascinating archaeological site that offers low key explorations without the crowds normally experienced. If there are tour buses, just sit back and relax or go down the road for a glass of wine. The tours are on a frantic schedule and soon will move on....More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 23 November 2017

Some tips. Tour buses pull out shortly after 11:00 so if you arrive then you have the place pretty much to yourself. Informative video details the ruins and how they may have evolved and looked during the ages. Numerous poster boards and then you are...More

Thank exploreforfun
Reviewed 2 November 2017

As part of our day trip this was a place I wanted to visit. When we got there , all we saw were the views of Souda bay and remains of a castle. Although the views were stunning, we never got to see anything else.

Thank Lynne M
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Fascinating history over the centuries this site has been occupied by many different cultures Wonderful views into Souda Bay

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Only 2 euro to get in... what an amazing place. there was a small visitor area - but the video was excellent and really gave you a good view of the area. We loved every minute of it and much preferred it to Knossos. If...More

Thank bsmallwo
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Archaeological site with great views. Only €2 to get in. The helpful guy at the ticket kiosk explained the area and gave us a simple map outlining the cisterns, theatre and other remains. There's a room in the centre with lots of information boards but...More

1  Thank AndrewT273
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Only 2 euros each and free for little ones. A lovely sun trap with none of the large groups and tours (evident from the small car park) some really interesting buildings. Especially the underground cistern and the theatre which are in fantastic condition. The site...More

Thank ZBH88
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Roman Hellenic city over a hill overlooking the Akrotiri Bay. Beautiful Roman theater perfectly restored. It impresses the length of the wall circle that embraces this altar to demonstrate the vastness of the city. But apart from the theater, a villa, the spas and the...More

1  Thank balgorfirenze
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Aptera is not as well-known as Knossos and, as a result, peaceful and not crowded. As another reviewer has noted on here, it's a bit of a hidden gem. Getting here was easy. From Chania it was a 30 min drive. A couple that recommended...More

Thank Leo S
Reviewed 1 October 2017

What did the Romans ever do for us? (as they asked in the Life of Brian). Well, lots, and evidently they did as much for the ancient Greeks. The civil engineering here is astonishing; the water storage sumps are simply awesome. The views out over...More

Thank lawdylawdy
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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
Ian M
30 November 2015|
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