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Ancient Aptera

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Address: Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Neat place to see

When the weather is nice, this place is beautiful. There are gorgeous views of the mountains and landscape. Here is a neat vaulted cistern, which I hadn't seen before as well as a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Iowa City, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When the weather is nice, this place is beautiful. There are gorgeous views of the mountains and landscape. Here is a neat vaulted cistern, which I hadn't seen before as well as a nicely reconstructed theater.

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lose yourself in the fascinating history of Crete by a visit to Aptera. It truly is a crossroads of history where you can see traces of Minoan, Roman, Turkish and Byzantine cultures - right up to WW2. This amazing area, perched high on a mountain side has a commanding view of Souda Bay and the surrounding countryside, making it strategically... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Traveled to Aptera and it was well worth the drive. The site contains many remains from many periods primarily Roman but also a Turkish fort. The Roman cisterns are fantastic with one you can walk into and the theater, since being opened, is such a dream to site in. If you are in Chania I highly recommend making a trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We spotted the sign and detoured on a whim. The site closes at 3pm but the staff were packing up for lunch at 1pm and let us in for free! The amphitheater is recently excavated and interesting - there is a video recreation in the fort too. The Roman cisterns were good as was a general wander of the site.... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

a beautiful fortress dominates the Souda bay and gives visitors the opportunity to see all Akrotiri.

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Weobley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Visited Aptera today using hire car. A bit off the beaten track but well worth it. Unfortunately raining quite hard a us without waterproofs (well your going to Crete you don't need waterproofs do you), still had a wander round. What an amazing place, the roman cisterns were quite something. The small church within the walls of the old monastery... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Visited with friends on a hot sun hat October day. There is so much to see and plenty of educational information. Yet the site is not commercialised, you can wander around without the feeling of being watched by officials. We didn't see a lot of tourists. The half excavated amphitheatre is stunning. Entrance fee cheap.

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Rothbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic range of ruins to visit including a theatre and a three arch cistern. Very hot so need to take a hat and water. Interesting film in the monastery explaining the site. Usually 2 euro entrance but no one on the ticket booth today so even better value !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Near to Chania, easy to reach in a hire car. Good value for 2 euros a head! Some spectacular roman, in particular, structures associated with this ancient town. About an hour or so to explore.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a fascinating place to visit, and is sprawled out over quite some distance. It's worth pointing out that the entrance fee is a meagre €2, which is simply amazing value for what you get. When you find yourself in the small garden courtyard or the huge underground hall, your mind casts back to wonder what life must have... More 

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