Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Souda

#3 of 35 in Historic Sites in Chania Prefecture
Ruin · Tourist Spot
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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  • I like ancient history especially Greek and Roman here you get both with structures from the minion and the later Roman period. The city is spread around the hillside with parts of the original city....  more »
  • The Aptera Archaeological Site is a clear window in the history of the island helping to showcase not only what Crete was once like, but also how it changed over time. The site, although small...  more »
  • €2 entry per person. The site was amazingly quiet. It's nicely preserved and restored. You get to see several stages of development and amazing Roman baths.
  • Feelings from visiting this place were far beyond my best expectations. Ancient Aptera has its own spirit. I recommend everyone to arrive at this place before tourists and buses, 8:30 am should be enough. Then you can walk through whole place and imagine, how life of ancient greek and romans should looked like - reconstruct the city in your mind with wonderful scenery all around (mountains, sea).
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