Travelguide > Places > Chania Prefecture > Aptera

Unfortunately the ancient city of Aptera is not well known. It is located at the entry to Souda bay, about 15 km from Chania near the village of Megala Chorafia.
Some ruins from different ages you can see. Spacious Roman cistern, the walls of a temple, the old wall built from big stones near the Turkish castle and a nice Bycantic monastery.

There also are sign for a late Minoan settlement. Built by the Mycean and developed by the Doran the city was destroyed by earthquake in the 7th century.

The archaeological area around Aptera is very big, but there is still a lot of work to do.

From the Turkish castle you have a very nice view over the Souda bay and the White mountain.