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Fascinating site with stunning views

We visited as a family of 4 with an interest in archaeology and history. Great site with cheap... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Richard S
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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Nice and non-turisticly

Those expecting a huge restored site will be deaply disappointed. However , those who enjoy seeing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
BeeriGH
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Souda, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited as a family of 4 with an interest in archaeology and history. Great site with cheap entrance fee (2 Euros per adult, free for children). Good remains from multiple periods, but you do need to work out a lot yourselves - the exception...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Those expecting a huge restored site will be deaply disappointed. However , those who enjoy seeing an archeological site that's interesting, has through explanations and isn't fully developed, will have a nice visit.

Thank BeeriGH
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is well worth the detour off the National Road and the 2 euro entry. Perched on top of a hill the views are amazing. The archeology is varied in terms of how much is above ground/ reconstructed and the explanations are a little limited...More

Thank IanofKingsfold
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is located outside of Kalyves, there is a great view of a lot of ancient buildings and the entrance is just 2 euro's

Thank Valentijn v
Reviewed 1 week ago

While on an amazing Azamara cruise, we stopped in Chania, Crete. I had arranged in advance for a car to take me from the Venitian Port of Chania where our ship tendered to and from Aptera. The €50 fee was a bit expensive since I...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our adventure at The archaeological site of Aptera, was on a hot summer’s day. We were armed with sun hats, UV protection and plenty of water, as the site is really exposed and no restaurants to buy beverages. This was the most powerful city of...More

Thank Anne K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every few years we take visitors to see this developing attraction and there is something more to stimulate their imagination. How the ancients could build those vast cisterns in an earthquake zone and which have stood for 2000 years is baffling (especially since our local...More

Thank Cretan_Blue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last visited three decades ago and much has been done since then. The theatre is beautiful and the cisterns are as impressive as ever. There is now an excellent information centre in the old monastery, with a short film which is well worth watching.

Thank ThePhilosopher27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Aptera provided us with a great walk among the ancient buildings, beautiful view onto Souda bay and informative signs!

Thank Rea F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started at the ruins of the city gate, right by the road. No point in walking to far up, what you can see from the road mostly is it. Then we drove further up to the other ruins. Lovely remains of a theater and...More

1  Thank Hege O
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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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