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Ancient Aptera

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Genuine Archeology.

Unlike Knossos, this is unhurried and not over-dressed. The Romanised theatre is a gem - stand in... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
PandYUk
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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A lot of the buildings have been demolished and stones removed over time but there is part of a... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Ianalison4
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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Unlike Knossos, this is unhurried and not over-dressed. The Romanised theatre is a gem - stand in the centre and speak. Your voice fills the air because of the perfect acoustics. The massive cisterns, little monastery and tremendous views all add to a memorable experience....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

A lot of the buildings have been demolished and stones removed over time but there is part of a Roman villa worth seeing and a huge triple Roman cistern which was used to collect water for baths. Amazing to see the structure survive over 2000...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

I have to be honest. When we came to Crete for a week’s family holiday, we didn’t come for the culture. That’s not to be dismissive of Crete’s rich cultural heritage - we just came to relax for a week in a beautiful villa and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

One of the important cities in Crete beginning at the Minoan ages and continually inhabited for thousand years.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Very well prepared visuals of the acient city and an exhibition with video on English. Entrance 2 EUR per person. Amazing cisterns to store water and well described history of the amphitheater. Do not miss ruins of an old Roman house. Later enjoy great views...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

There is a wealth of historical remains here at Ancient Aptera, covering quite a large area. The highlight for us was the amphitheatre but we were also intrigued to see the triple cistern which is well preserved. And the views over Souda Bay are wonderful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bpen6057
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Ancient ruins, the most abundant amphitheater and some ruins of the fortress have survived in the original, while the view is beautiful and worth a visit. Historically, the ticket price is 2 euros and is open from 8 am to 15 pm

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank L0tta1979
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

You just have to pay 2 euros to visit his great place. There are two parts. The best is to visit the left part at first. There are the ruins of houses during the Rome time. I was crazy about the big cistern with the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AnnikaDS
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

A great site with some interesting ruins. Mostly Roman period but some older sections remain Great views

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Albia-Newton
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Having read about this in the guide leaflet it was into the car and explore so off we set off the short distance from Kalyves to here, . Note its only open 08:30 -15:00 at a price of 2 euros entry fee. Information boards around...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Margaret T
22 September 2018|
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Response from AmRogHor | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are opening times. 10 til 4 I think. The amphitheatre is now really good. However as the previous person says..... not too reliable. Not sure about the Monday thing.
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Wendy S
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Response from JudyM214 | 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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