Aptera (Ἄπτερα or Ἀπτερία) or 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. However, the Minoan settlement of the Bronze Age was located about 1.5 km away from Aptera, at the place of the modern Stylos settlement.
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Erik Ritz | Feb 19, 2018
One of the coolest out of the way things we found on the island. The view is great and really cool to explore the old Roman baths. The museum is good and explains the area well. My wife and I enjoyed walking around the ruins trying not to step on snails!
Mohamed Khemiri | Mar 3, 2018
Nice archaeological site but lacks facilities ... cafe' etc..or a place in the shade for elderly people.
Foff He | Sep 26, 2017
Magnificent excavations, a good historical monument. In general, a very calm and quiet place, if you arrive early in the morning, then the people will be quite a bit. You can spend here about 2 hours, while visiting all the sights in the area. It is better to get acquainted with the hours of work of the historical landmark (we had work until 15:00).
Laura Sunnucks | Sep 30, 2017
Amazing to be able to walk so freely around roman ruins and the cistern is impressive.. but I would not go out of your way to visit. Good to look around if you are in the area.
John Griffiths | Jun 18, 2017
Very inspiring ancient site. Roman cisterns were impressive. Tremendous echo inside. Fantastic view across Souda bay and in all directions
Derek Driscoll | Apr 17, 2018
Wonderful place enjoyed the many layers of history. Well worth a visit
Will Jackson | May 27, 2018
Large Roman water cisterns with vaulted ceilings, well preserved. Amazing survival over 2000 years.
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