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- Address: Chania 732 00, Greece, Crete
- Timings: 08:30 am - 03:00 pm Details
About Aptera, Crete
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Things to Know Before Visiting Aptera
0.09% of people who visit Crete include Aptera in their plan
95% of people plan their visit to Aptera around 1 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Aptera
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Aptera
Aptera, Crete Reviews
One of the most interesting archaeological sites in western Crete, Aptera was inhabited since Minoan times (the first reference of the city Aptera as A-pa-ta-wa is traced in Linear B tablets coming from Knossos in the 14th- 13th century BC) but it only became a significant city around the 8th century BC. Its location above the bay of Souda was also strategically important: close to its two seaports Minoa (today's Marathi) and Kasteli (near Kalyves) Aptera could control the circulation of ships and it became a very important trading post in Crete and one of the greatest cities on the island. Aptera was destroyed in the great earthquake of 365 AD and only sparsely inhabited afterwards but a monastery dedicated to St. John the Theologian remained amidst the ruins. A part of the archaeological site is fenced off and you have to pay a small entry fee (in 2016 it is 2 Euro) to access it (from 8.00 to 15.00, closed Mondays). Within the site you can visit impressive Roman cisterns, ruins of Roman bath houses, a newly excavated theater and the monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos in which there is an excellent presentation of the site of Aptera. The enclosed area is only a small part of the very large site which encompasses the whole hill. Surrounded by massive fortification walls (with total circumference of 3.5km) most of the area is still not exacavated but lots of work has been done on the western gate (the first place you see when you drive up towards Aptera) and there is an interesting Hellenistic villa excavated in a field near the site's entrance. To the North of the hill a large Ottoman fort overlooks the whole of Souda Bay. Aptera is located around 13 km away from Chania. As there are no public buses to Aptera it is best reached by car. You could in theory take any bus to Rethymnon / Heraklion and get off at the crossroad that leads to Aptera but it will take you around 45 minutes to walk up the hill to the archaeological site.
Gorgeous ruins that you can walk up and into. Unlike the more known Knossos, very little here has been reconstructed, giving it a much more authentic feel... you aren't left wondering what is "real" or not! Not to mention that it has one of the best views in Crete! A must!
Virtually untouched, unlike some of the other archaeological ruins in Crete. You can really immerse yourself, especially if you don't mind wading through shoulder- high weeds. The baths and cisterns are especially interesting.
Wonderful setting overlooking Souda Bay and with the White Mountains to the south. Impressive cisterns and beautifully restored
Better than Knossos and the entrance fee is only 2 EUR!
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