Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, Souda

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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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  • Incredible, so worth the effort to get there. We didn’t have a car and buses don’t run to the ruins so we had to get a taxi, from chania it is about 25€ but entry is free for under 24s so we didn’t... 
    Incredible, so worth the effort to get there. We didn’t have a car and buses don’t run to the ruins so we had to get a taxi, from chania it is about 25€ but entry is free for under 24s so we didn’t...  more »
  • I have visited Crete many times but never realised that there was such an amazing Roman site near Chania. The lady at the kiosk was welcoming and friendly, she made sure we remembered to talk in the.....  more
    I have visited Crete many times but never realised that there was such an amazing Roman site near Chania. The lady at the kiosk was welcoming and friendly, she made sure we remembered to talk in the.....  more »
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  • Very close to the National Highway so it is easy to get to. Plenty of parking at 0900 on a Monday. The site is a little tricky to negotiate but if you stay on the flatter paths you should be fine. The scale of the site is impressive as is the condition of the ruins. The Ottoman fort is a couple of minutes drive and offers fantastic views. It was very hot in July so take water and be prepared for limited shade. I believe it is closed on Tuesdays. The cost is 4 Euro per person but there are lots of concessions available.
  • This is one of our favorite sites. The signage is great, explains all of the different areas. There is an above average video in one of the first buildings.....explains the site and what has been discovered. The amphitheater is one of the smallest in Greece. It has an extensive water cistern of three buildings that is Roman. There is a sweet tiny church in the main courtyard. It's a nice site yet we have never been able to find a postcard.

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