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Tour the remains of massive Roman water cisterns and wander through structures spanning over 2,000 years of history at Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera. Walk through an ancient theater, the remnants of several Doric temples, and a Roman peristyle villa, then make your way to the summit of the site for a sweeping view of the area. The uneven ground and climb to the summit may be challenging for people with mobility issues. There are no places to eat or drink, so bring plenty of snacks and water. Be sure to check the attraction's website for opening and closing times, which change seasonally. Put Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera at the forefront of your travel plans using our Souda travel planner.
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This is a real hidden gem that should be shouted about more. Spread over a massive area, this site, which costs only €4 entry, is absolutely fascinating. There is a rolling film show explaining the.... more
This is a real hidden gem that should be shouted about more. Spread over a massive area, this site, which costs only €4 entry, is absolutely fascinating. There is a rolling film show explaining the.... more »
Sadly the fortress was not open when we visited, but the ruins were. There’s a lot to see, including some Second World War German machine gun posts! The theatre and cisterns were the best preserved..... more
Sadly the fortress was not open when we visited, but the ruins were. There’s a lot to see, including some Second World War German machine gun posts! The theatre and cisterns were the best preserved..... more »
Incredible, so worth the effort to get there. We didn’t have a car and buses don’t run to the ruins so we had to get a taxi, from chania it is about 25€ but entry is free for under 24s so we didn’t...
Incredible, so worth the effort to get there. We didn’t have a car and buses don’t run to the ruins so we had to get a taxi, from chania it is about 25€ but entry is free for under 24s so we didn’t... more »
Beautiful. We loved all the things to see here. We brought 8 people in our van. Parking was easy. Amphitheater is amazing. The cistern was so impressive! To see so much history in such a small space is really great.
Gorgeous, exciting, incredibly preserved! This was one of the highlights of our trip and is well worth a visit. Splendid views and a fascinating site. No shade cover so prepare to be warm but don't miss the theatre!
Large, elevated site with excellent views of the surrounding area. Still only partly excavated, the many areas can be explored at will. The amphitheatre is worth the long walk down an olive tree lined pathway and gives an idea of the spread of culture, even in remote areas of the island. The information centre is located in a room of the monastery.
The Ancient Aptera ruins were perfect to spend an hour or 2 wandering around an ancient city. For 4€, you get to see vaulted cisterns , an old amphitheatre, baths and all sorts of remains of the time when the Minoans set the city up as well as subsequent settlements including by the Romans. The location is superb with views of Souda bay. The site has olive groves too. I was lucky enough to be able to staying in Aptera so also got to see a concert as part of Festival Kriti one night inside ancient city. All in all a good excursion - do stop by one of the taverns in Aptera for a post visit lunch
Relatively 'new' archaeological site where you can find the remains of Roman bath houses and very impressive cisterns. There is a (very) low entrance fee (€4 pp) and worth the visit for sure. From one point there are some great views over the bay of Souda.
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