Aptera Tourism, Greece

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Aptera (Ἄπτερα or Ἀπτερία; more anciently, Ἄptaϝra) also called Apteron was an ancient city, now an archaeological site in western Crete, a kilometre inland from the southern shore of Souda Bay, about 13 km east of Chania in the municipality of Akrotiri. It is mentioned (A-pa-ta-wa) in Linear B tablets from the 14th-13th centuries BC. With its highly fortunate geographical situation, the city-state was powerful from Minoan through Hellenistic times, when it gradually declined. In Greek mythology, here was placed the scene of the legend of the contest between the Sirens and the Muses, when after the victory of the latter, the Sirens lost the feathers of their wings from their shoulders, and having thus become white, cast themselves into the sea, whence the name of the city Aptera (literally meaning "without wings"), and of the neighbouring islands Leucae (meaning "white"). It was at one time in alliance with Cnossus, but was afterwards compelled by the Polyrrhenians to side with them against that city. The port of Aptera according to Strabo was Cisamos. In the third century BCE Aptera was at war with Kydonia, a prominent ancient city on northwestern Crete. In much of the Greek Archaic Period, Aptera was under the control of Kydonia. It was destroyed by earthquake during the 7th century. By the 12th century, a monastery of St. John Theologos had been built on the site; it continued in operation until 1964. The site is now maintained by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities. The hilltop, about 150 metres above the sea, commands views of Souda Bay and the Akrotiri Peninsula to the north, the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) to the south, and Kalives and the Turkish Itzendin Castle to the east; the city of Chania is not quite visible to the west. There are several structures within the square monastery enclosure, including a chapel and a two-story block of monks' cells. The surrounding site is notable for a two-part temple from the 5th century BC, a large three-vaulted Roman cistern, Roman baths, and parts of several Doric temples. An ancient theater and a Roman peristyle villa have also been discovered on the site.

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Facts and Stats for Aptera*

  • Pollution Statistics in Aptera

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    • Air Pollution 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 28.57 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Aptera: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Aptera for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aptera.

    • Burglary and Theft 27.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.5 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 15 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 22.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 77.5 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 22.5 (Low)
  • Living in Aptera - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Aptera is 171.13 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 78.63 (High)
    • Climate Index 96.95 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 14.53 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 50.67 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 60.79 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 68.06 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.07 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 53.61 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Aptera

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Aptera

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.39 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.37 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 117.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 127.93 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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