Walking tours at the illuminated archeological site of Ancient Aptera – 24th -26th July. Ticket sale starts 6th July!

“The excavated ancient city of Aptera comes to light” – an event highlighting both the specially illuminated monuments and their unique natural theatrical scenography.

24th, 25th and 26th July, from 21.00 to 00.00 | Free admission with entrance tickets, limited tickets!

Tickets can be booked electronically, booking starts on Monday, 6th  July  at 18:00  at the website www.ancientaptera.gr.
The health safety protocols will be observed.

WHEREArchaeological Site of Aptera, 5 km from the city of Chania, south of Souda Bay, on a hill above the national road which connects Chania with the city of Rethymno.

The unique richness of Ancient Aptera has been gradually brought to light through uninterrupted scientific research and study, with the preservation and restoration of its monuments,  and exhibition of its findings to the public.
Also a series of archeological and architectural studies and projects have been  implemented with the constant support of the Greek state,the local government, as well as financial programs from the European Union.

Specially designed,  the monuments of the archeological site will be illuminated, such as  the baths, the Roman house, the ancient theater etc.

The tour of the visitors in the area will take place through specific routes, which are formed in the context of the ongoing project of highlighting the ancient Aptera and interconnect the monuments with each other.

Special lighting design: Costas Bethanis
Planning the routes:
Katerina Tzanakaki, Nikos Hatzidakis, Isidoros Plakotaris

Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania, Region of Crete.
With the support of
KEPPEDIH-KAM / Municipality of Chania


Aptera was the most powerful city of western Crete during the Minoan times.

The archaeological excavations reveal details about the settlement’s composition, the city’s architecture, the religion and habits of Apterean residents who were keen archers.


Source:APTERA Grammatea Politismou kai Mousikis Paideias-Filarmonikis



I'm Austrian living in Tavronitis, love nature, music, good books, sunsets, the sea, travelling, socializing and more. I came to Crete as a student in the early 70s, exploring the west and southwest of the island with friends by motorbike. When you are young everything is important and, there are lots of things to do...I did. Job, family,children, travelling the world. But I never lost my love for Crete for a minute. And six years ago I ended up in this convenient corner of Crete, not only for holidays, but to stay and haven't regretted it for a minute.