The Ancient Aptera of Crete is one of the popular attractions in Crete Island.
We decided to take the same steps of the beaten track, to discover and explore Crete Island. And this is how our next adventure was the Aptera of Crete.
The road trip took us to the spellbinding landscapes of this island.
✦ The History The Ancient Aptera of Crete
It lies on the hill of Paliokastro which overlooks the south of Souda Bay. This was once upon a time a powerful city in Crete Island. This was during Minoan times.
The location of the city favored its development by controlling the natural bay with two harbors: Marathi and Kalami.
Today, this is a historical site. It offers all of the information from the settlement, composition, the city’s architecture, the religion and habits of Aptherean residents.
As an independent state, it maintained a determinant political role in both internal and foreign affairs.
The findings of the excavations indicate that the city was inhabited until the 7th century AD when it was abandoned due to strong earthquakes which marked its definitive decline and also because of the attacks by the Saracen Arab pirates.
✦ What to Expect
The Ancient Aptera of Crete had two cemeteries: One in the southeast and another one in the west, which is located near the main entrance of the city.
The findings of various periods from the city and the cemeteries are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Chania.
It’s fascinating to see the bath ruins, amphitheater and cisterns, and in addition to marvel at the views of the mountains. Another reason for you to add this adventure to your bucket list!
✦ Some Tips
- There are no restaurants or cafes at the site
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Due to the size of the island and its topography, consider hiring a car
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