Crete Ancient Ruins

Ancient Ruins in Crete, Greece

Crete Ancient Ruins

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  • Hennie_dup
    Greater Johannesburg, South Africa56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing to think this is +2500 years old!
    Easy to reach by bus number 2 from Heraklion.
    Try to get there early to avoid the loads of touring groups.
    Written 25 May 2024
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  • pkdk
    Wellington, New Zealand146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing because of its history (& attractive on a sunny day) but sadly little remains of the original. Best to go to the archeological museum first where many of the treasures taken from the site are exhibited. Easier then to imagine what are now ruins must have been like. Entry for on-line "beat the queue" tickets is beyond where everyone else is lining up (so just walk past them).
    Written 25 October 2023
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  • Fergs85
    Thornton-Le-Dale, UK1,080 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very ancient site – the Rough Guide suggests it has been occupied since the fourteenth century BC! The monastery itself was only abandoned in 1964. There’s plenty to see around the monastic site itself, and you can’t miss the Roman cisterns (now empty) on the way in. The small theatre, a short walk from the main site, is well preserved, as is the hypocaust system in the bath house.
    From the monastery you’ll see a Turkish fort about half a mile away – it’s easy to drive further on to take a closer look, and from the ramparts there are some excellent views of Souda Bay, so you really get a real sense of just what a perfect natural harbour it is. Look out for the small islands at the centre of the entrance to the bay – there is also a very informative exhibition inside the castle to set out just how defensible the bay was. All the small islands that you can see were fortified and connected defensively.
    The particular appeal of Aptera is the extensive time span and variety of features that you can take in on your visit – well worth the steep drive up from the main road.
    Written 4 November 2023
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  • Martin M
    Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic264 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place doesn’t look fancy. But we have to aware than Minoan civilization is older than Greek. From this perspective it is very interesting. Really I don’t know how Greek archaeologists can reconstruct walls which have been fallen and their function.
    Written 17 July 2023
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  • Adrian D
    Edinburgh, UK750 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were staying in Malia during our holiday and thought we would visit the palace. I preferred it to Knossos Palace, as it hadn't been artificially restored and felt more authentic. It was also much quieter. I think if we'd had a guide it would have been a more enjoyable experience. It's definitely worth a visit though.
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Craig W
    Bristol, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went here on a whim looking for some ruins on a drive and found this gem. The steps to the government building were quite a sight. A lot to take in around and a few good maps dotted about the place to explain what’s around you. Cost €3 to get in and be aware it closes at 1500/1530hrs at the end on the day.
    Written 19 September 2022
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  • Scotland71
    Cork, Ireland407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heard about it from an archeologica buff and is interesting. However, it’s quite basic and not well set up for tourists. Gets hot. No toilets the day we were theee
    Written 9 July 2023
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  • Opinel
    London, UK49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to reach on foot, but worth every ankle-twisting step. The crystal water of the bay is magical, and the now-desolate site of the little city-state, overlooked by the necropolis, is evocative despite most of it being still unexcavated. Last time we walked from Sougia and back, and found it strenuous, but perfectly doable for two fit people aged either side of 70. If you have a car, you can park at Prodromi and go much of the way on gravelly tracks. Or you can take the boat, of course.
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • Iva S
    Prague, Czech Republic700 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    16. 9. 2020 Here we parked and began by inspecting the covered excavations. We were surprised you're not allowed to take pictures inside. After that we walked about 3 km through unmarked paths to the ancient Eleutherna and all the way back to the car. Covered section, where you can't take pictures or videos, takes for about 20 minutes. I recommend this place to everyone who enjoys these sights and wandering the goat paths to their destination as much as we do. More youtube travel video PSIS-visit. Iva +Petr CZ Prague.
    Written 4 March 2021
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  • brynulf
    Jessheim, Norway1,962 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice stop. Closed in March so we only walked the grounds. Great views of the city walls if you walk a bit. QR code trip reader and app did not work.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • PSM99
    Northampton, UK32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mochlos is a tiny, quaint village with a small beach. The best reason for us to visit was it was VERY quiet (perfect) when we went in mid-May and we had the beach to ourselves apart from the occasional visitor.
    The beach is a mix of stones, small and medium. I wore rock shoes and it was fine. The large rocks on the side were a little slippery, so best to go in the sea from the beach.
    The water was crystal clear and warm enough to swim, the view out from the beach was beautiful, and we stayed in for as long as possible.
    We brought our own packed lunch but there are a small number of restaurants that looked very nice, serving traditional Cretan and alternative food.
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • Ron S
    New York City, NY5,703 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The site is underwhelming. A small part of it is open to tourists. It's very easy to find, the entrance is next to the road.
    Written 26 October 2022
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  • nsander219
    Chelmsford, UK621 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a trek to get here but worth it for the siting of the Palace. Certainly it is completely different from the organisation and pazzazz surrounding Knossos. It is very peaceful - when we visited there were perhaps 5 or 6 other people wandering the site. As others have said the presentation is somewhat lacking and really it wouldn't take much time, effort and cost to lift this failure up to far better standards.
    However, if you are visiting Minoan Palaces it is worth the journey. Do it so you can have lunch by the beach!
    Written 10 January 2023
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  • smrgeog
    Vancouver, Canada2,531 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is not alot to the Itanos archaelogical site but rather a few stones strewn around a nearby beach. By following the signs you come across an almost idyllic beach.

    Unlike Vai, there are no facilities; some rocks and a rough parking area. The beaches are fairly sandy but small with the odd tree and some rocky outcrops providing shade. If you hike about five minutes over the hill you'll come across another beach. It's much quieter than Vai and if you want that swim in the sea away from the crowds then I suggest here.
    Written 18 May 2017
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  • JMGeneva
    Geneva, Switzerland1,933 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much left from this fort, but it’s a 2 minutes “climb” from downtown and it offers a superb view on the town and its surroundings. No reason not to do it!
    Written 15 June 2021
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