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Ancient Aptera

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Well worth a visit - don’t miss the theatre

I have to be honest. When we came to Crete for a week’s family holiday, we didn’t come for the... read more

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Thousands years of history...

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
Manos M
Chania Town, Greece
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Reviewed yesterday 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

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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Manos M
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank bpen6057
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

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

1  Thank castle1_10
Reviewed 1 September 2018

This place is beautiful, stunning views and a great place to wander for a couple of hours. 2Euros entry and children were free, worth every penny. It was really quiet when we went, only a few other people there. Not a lot of shade so...More

Thank Tracy D
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We enjoyed our stay very much. The area is large so lots of room to walk about and examine. The amphitheater is especially impressive, as well as the Roman cisterns. The posted material is comprehensive.

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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.
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