Archaeological Site Of Aptera

Archaeological Site Of Aptera

Archaeological Site Of Aptera
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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  • Stevedeb23
    Swindon, United Kingdom54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    So after going to this site on a Tuesday, we discovered that is not open on Tuesdays, so we return on Thursday . I love history and walking around here you can imagine the original settlers doing the same, it cost 4 euros to visit, no were to get drinks, so bring you own, as it very hot. The views are great and you can also visit the fort, which wasn’t open. It was well worth the return visit and we were glad we did.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • AustinSpeedy
    Ormskirk, United Kingdom244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    Dating from the 11th century BC, the ruins are definitely worth a visit. There is a big car park and mid-morning in July it was not busy. For those like us, (not as mobile as we used to be), the majority of the upper area, around the arena are accessible on fairly level pathways, and there are good toilet facilities, the views over Souda bay are spectacular. If you are staying in Chania a private taxi trip will cost you €40/hour, a good way of seeing the countryside and the Lefka Ori mountain range and take in some of the other sites on your way.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • christarry85
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    Amazing Roman ruins including cisterns and a theatre, well preserved. Only 4 EUR per adult and 2 EUR per person to enter, very quiet when we went. Toilets, but no shop or food / drink facilities.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Michael B
    Cottingham, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than Knossos
    Much preferred this to the busy and crowded Knossos palace. Was very quiet when we went which was a welcome change. The amphitheater was far more impressive than Knossos. €4 enter each with a nice pamphlet explaining the different sites. Some impressive Roman baths and the views from top of the hill are absolutely spectacular with almost panoramic view of the north side of the island.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Hans
    Kwadendamme, The Netherlands3,811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting site
    Beautiful situated overlooking the Souda Bay is this ancient Greek site. There is a lot to see as there are Roman bathhouses, Roman cisterns and Greek remains. Entrance fee is low, 4 euro and it will take you about an hour to wander around and see it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Global-Villagerr
    Denver, Colorado360 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Site, A Bit Off The Beaten Track
    We spent about an hour here. The majority of the remaining structures are the cisterns and the theatre. Really enjoyed seeing the theatre, despite it having been plundered numerous times in the past century. The Roman water cisterns are impressive, even after the centuries. Need a car to get there, but it’s an easy drive from the main road.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Fergs85
    Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom1,081 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bit tricky to find, but well worth it
    This is a very ancient site – the Rough Guide suggests it has been occupied since the fourteenth century BC! The monastery itself was only abandoned in 1964. There’s plenty to see around the monastic site itself, and you can’t miss the Roman cisterns (now empty) on the way in. The small theatre, a short walk from the main site, is well preserved, as is the hypocaust system in the bath house. From the monastery you’ll see a Turkish fort about half a mile away – it’s easy to drive further on to take a closer look, and from the ramparts there are some excellent views of Souda Bay, so you really get a real sense of just what a perfect natural harbour it is. Look out for the small islands at the centre of the entrance to the bay – there is also a very informative exhibition inside the castle to set out just how defensible the bay was. All the small islands that you can see were fortified and connected defensively. The particular appeal of Aptera is the extensive time span and variety of features that you can take in on your visit – well worth the steep drive up from the main road.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 November 2023
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK1,081 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is a very ancient site – the Rough Guide suggests it has been occupied since the fourteenth century BC! The monastery itself was only abandoned in 1964. There’s plenty to see around the monastic site itself, and you can’t miss the Roman cisterns (now empty) on the way in. The small theatre, a short walk from the main site, is well preserved, as is the hypocaust system in the bath house.
From the monastery you’ll see a Turkish fort about half a mile away – it’s easy to drive further on to take a closer look, and from the ramparts there are some excellent views of Souda Bay, so you really get a real sense of just what a perfect natural harbour it is. Look out for the small islands at the centre of the entrance to the bay – there is also a very informative exhibition inside the castle to set out just how defensible the bay was. All the small islands that you can see were fortified and connected defensively.
The particular appeal of Aptera is the extensive time span and variety of features that you can take in on your visit – well worth the steep drive up from the main road.
Written 4 November 2023
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Global-Villagerr
Denver, CO360 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We spent about an hour here. The majority of the remaining structures are the cisterns and the theatre. Really enjoyed seeing the theatre, despite it having been plundered numerous times in the past century. The Roman water cisterns are impressive, even after the centuries. Need a car to get there, but it’s an easy drive from the main road.
Written 9 October 2023
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ringt0n
Greater London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A brilliant place to visit, this amazing archeological site should be more widely known. Really well preserved ruins with detailed and informative information boards.
Written 23 September 2023
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Hans
Kwadendamme, The Netherlands3,811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Beautiful situated overlooking the Souda Bay is this ancient Greek site. There is a lot to see as there are Roman bathhouses, Roman cisterns and Greek remains. Entrance fee is low, 4 euro and it will take you about an hour to wander around and see it.
Written 18 September 2023
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Michael B
Cottingham, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Much preferred this to the busy and crowded Knossos palace. Was very quiet when we went which was a welcome change. The amphitheater was far more impressive than Knossos.

€4 enter each with a nice pamphlet explaining the different sites.

Some impressive Roman baths and the views from top of the hill are absolutely spectacular with almost panoramic view of the north side of the island.
Written 15 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

christarry85
Oxford13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing Roman ruins including cisterns and a theatre, well preserved.

Only 4 EUR per adult and 2 EUR per person to enter, very quiet when we went.

Toilets, but no shop or food / drink facilities.
Written 12 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AustinSpeedy
Ormskirk, UK244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Dating from the 11th century BC, the ruins are definitely worth a visit. There is a big car park and mid-morning in July it was not busy. For those like us, (not as mobile as we used to be), the majority of the upper area, around the arena are accessible on fairly level pathways, and there are good toilet facilities, the views over Souda bay are spectacular. If you are staying in Chania a private taxi trip will cost you €40/hour, a good way of seeing the countryside and the Lefka Ori mountain range and take in some of the other sites on your way.
Written 24 July 2023
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Stevedeb23
Swindon, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
So after going to this site on a Tuesday, we discovered that is not open on Tuesdays, so we return on Thursday . I love history and walking around here you can imagine the original settlers doing the same, it cost 4 euros to visit, no were to get drinks, so bring you own, as it very hot. The views are great and you can also visit the fort, which wasn’t open. It was well worth the return visit and we were glad we did.
Written 6 July 2023
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Katarzyna R
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
One of best places to visit on Crete. You can really feel the antient times here. Wonderful combination of history and stunning landscapes. Not crowded! :)
Written 5 May 2023
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Henry
Carlisle, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I cannot say one single bad thing about this place the lady who was sat in the ticket booth was called Catrina ( I hope I have that right ) she was very welcoming (as everyone on crete is) she explained where everything was and had a real passion about her surroundings.
Written 18 April 2023
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