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Address: Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Almost missed the main event!

We pulled up in the car next to the town gate of Ancient Aptera and followed a small road round the back thinking that was all we would see. We found there is a proper car park... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
emily t
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We pulled up in the car next to the town gate of Ancient Aptera and followed a small road round the back thinking that was all we would see. We found there is a proper car park and entrance! So don't miss it! The ruins are really impressive and well worth the 2 euro entrance fee. The views from the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

nice place, nice view, a beautiful expiriense.. but this trip was bored... is little dangerous and so bored

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cardiff
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very thought provoking place, but the monuments have had a lot of reuse before being preserved, so mostly in ruins. Still worth a visit for the history and the views. Can be done in an hour or two at the most.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally dates back to 8th Century BC, well worth a visit, ideally in the morning. . From Roman Cisterns, to incredible acoustics in the Theatre...a wonderland of history and fabulous views

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My visit in early April was magical as the ruins were clothed in wild flowers, it was very peaceful and I could easily stayed there for hours taking it all in. It only cost 1 euro to enter, and although the main sites are closed from 3pm there's still much to explore on the surrounding hill. I highly recommend this... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent my most peaceful moment in Crete in the theatre listening to flies. What else can be added to it.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice place to visit in the afternoon when the sun is low. I've been here during the spring, summer and autumn. If you have the opportunity I would recommend going here during the spring when the surroundings are green and lush.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is very intersting site. Its a roman casttle that sees upon the Souda Bay. It used to be heavily fortified and it is still in decent contidion over venecian and turkish reconstructions.

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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

South of Souda bay, western Crete area, close to Chania and Rethymnon, a hill with great history, and excavations still coming to light. The Apterian residents , an ancient city-state 8th AD. Tombs, temples, walls, water tanks,a wonderful theatre, ruins of a villa. Area open till 15.00

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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

When the weather is nice, this place is beautiful. There are gorgeous views of the mountains and landscape. Here is a neat vaulted cistern, which I hadn't seen before as well as a nicely reconstructed theater.

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