Aptera was an ancient city, now an archaeological site in western Crete overlooking Souda bay about 13 km east of Chania.
It was destroyed by earthquake during the 7th century. The site is now maintained by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities. The hilltop, about 150 meters above the sea, enjoys views of Souda Bay and the Akrotiri Peninsula to the north, the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) to the south, and Kalives and the Turkish Izzedin Castle to the east; the city of Chania is not quite visible to the west.
Your visit to the archaeological site of Aptera will get you acquainted with Crete's history. The archaeological site continues to bring to light new important finds through ongoing excavations and attracts more and more visitors. It surely will fascinate you with all its monuments, its history and myths.
It is also possible to rent nearby with most places offering fantastic views as well as good beaches just a short car drive away.
There are a few cafés and tavernas in the village of Megala Horafia (formerly known as Aptera) on the way to the site.