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Exploring The Ancient Aptera of Crete
Ancient Aptera of Crete

If you may ask me; Why the Ancient Aptera of Crete?

The Island of Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations and in some areas, tourism has become very dominant.

Indeed, Greece’s largest island has beautiful and exotic landscape. These spellbinding landscapes made us enjoy the road trips.

The landscape in Crete

We took the same steps of the the beaten track, to discover and explore Crete. and that’s why our next adventure was the Apthera of Crete.

The Ancient Aptera of Crete

Discovering the The Ancient Aptera of Crete

This was the most powerful city of western Crete during Minoan times. It lies on the hill of Paliokastro which overlooks the south of Souda Bay.

The location of the city favored its development by controlling the natural bay with two harbors: Marathi and Kilami.

The Ancient Aptera of Crete

We were offered with all the information on the settlement composition, the city’s architecture, the religion and habits of Aptherean residents who were awesome  archers.

As an independent state it maintained a determinant political role in both internal and foreign affairs.

The Ancient Aptera of Crete

The findings of the excavations indicate that the city was inhabited until the 7th century AD, when it was abandoned due to a 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 at the south east and another one at the west, which is located near the main entrance of the city.

Walking around  The Ancient Aptera of Crete

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 mountains views. Another reason for you to add this adventure into your bucket list!

The bath ruins

A Travel Quote

“The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.” 
― Stephen E. Ambrose

Some Tips

  •  There are no restaurants or cafes at the site. Therefore, take with you allot of beverages especially during summer
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Due to the size of the island and  its topography, I would highly recommend that you hire a car


Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
The Palace of Knossos
Agios Nikolaos Chapel
The Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete
Botanical Garden, Crete

Thank you for stopping by and stay positive! 

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