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Ancient Aptera

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Address: Chania Town, Crete, Greece
Name/address in local language
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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breathtaking views

a must to visit, also the fortress close by as the views are amazing you can see all around the harbour.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sally L
Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom
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Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

a must to visit, also the fortress close by as the views are amazing you can see all around the harbour.

Thank Sally L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived and found it was only 2 euro to enter we wondered if there was anything worth seeing (just shows how used you get to English prices). There was lots to explore and the scents of the wild flowers really did add to the experience. Take your eyes from the structures which are fascinating and you will see... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places to visit in Chania, the view from the hilltop is magnificent and the ruins are both extensive and carefully preserved, it is a much more authentic experience than Knossos. The ruins are sprawling so you will need at least an hour and a half to take them all in.

Thank Matthew1268
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of information and cheap entry at 2 euros per person. Fantastic views, would recommend a baby carrier instead of a buggy as terrain is rough and there are steps in places.

Thank Hol899
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating ruins giving the visitor an idea of the history of Crete from 5th C BC through to 19th C AD The site is quite extensive with the various ruins in natural settings The barrel vaulted cisterns show the skill of the Romans whilst the amphitheatre which was started in 3rdC. BC shows the culture of the Greeks Well worth... More 

Thank david s
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am writing this review because I had difficulty finding up-to-date information on how to get to Aperta when you don't have a car and I thought my observations might be useful for people in a similar situation. We caught a taxi from Chania (25 euros - this was negotiated before we left the taxi stand but the metre was... More 

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Upton Scudamore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit Aptera not expecting anything special and how wrong we were. It was a beautiful place with much ore to see than we thought. The spring flowers were fantastic. It is open at 08,30 in the morning and that was a perfect time to visit.

Thank halfwayherbs
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ancient greek theatre which is placed in Aptera region very close to the hotel. You can rent car or taxi with low prices to go at chania town too.

Thank Errikos B
Gulfport, Mississippi
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! What an experience that was!!! We went to Aptera with our tour guide - Lefteris Nikiforakis and it was SPECTACULAR! Aptera is an ancient town where you can see the walk of history through 4 (!) different eras - Minoyan civilization, Venetian occupation, Turkish (Ottoman Empire) occupation, and finally Nazi German occupation. They all left their unmistakable touch and,... More 

Thank Mariya T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place to visit, especially in spring when all the flowers bloom. The entrance is very cheap (2 euros). I especially like the small old church.

Thank Adela I

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