Aptera (Cania Prefecture)

Aptera, one of the most important cities of ancient western Crete, was built during the 7th century B.C..
Located on a site 15km from Chania, south of Souda Bay and near the village of Megala Chorafia, has a panoramic view of the whole plain of Chania.
The city walls, still standing, are reminiscent of the Cyclopean walls of Tiryns and Mycenae. One can also see the remains of a small temple of Demeter (built at the 1st century B.C.), a Roman theater, and the enormous vaulted cisterns of the Roman period-excellent condition.