Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Aptera - a city without wings

Sirens vs Muses

The name "Aptera" means no more than "without wings" and is a direct reference to the music duel, which was legendary, for which the Muses were challenged by the Sirens who were half-women and half-birds at the time. They did not have anyone in their territory who would be a worthy opponent in their singing and music. However, the duel with the Muses lost, and crushed by the result of the competition, they threw their wings and feathers to Soudha Bay. According to legends, today we can admire them as islands located at the mouth of the bay.





Little known Aptera

Aptera is a city whose history dates back to at least a thousand years before our era. In the peak period, about 20,000 lived in it. people, of which only 1/5 were free people, mainly: merchants, ship owners and landowners. The rest of the city's population were slaves. Sea trade and a vast network of connections with the main ports in the Mediterranean have determined the wealth and successes of this city. The strategic position on the elevation towering over the Soudha Bay gave the residents a clear sense of security, because no foreign ship could safely get to the city. The only greater threat was for Aphera the belligerent Lappian people living in the area of ​​the present city of Rethymnon .



Aptera was destroyed in 700 as a result of an earthquake. Other sources report the Arab invasion in 832 as the cause of the city's fall. At this point the hearing about the Apothecary stops completely, it was not until 1834 that the English explorer Robert Pashley came across her footsteps. Archaeological works in this area are relatively little advanced. One of the most important discoveries was made during excavations carried out in 1958, when it was discovered, among others, temple dedicated to Demeter. However, most of Apher's treasures are still hidden underground and waiting for government subsidies that will allow archaeologists to resume work.

Aptera - View of the White Mountains
The ancient walls of Aphera against the background of the White Mountains panorama

Watching the remnants of Aptera, it is worth noting the distance between the ruins of the city gate and the right excavations, because it gives a good idea of ​​how big the city was at the peak of its heyday. It is also worth considering how many treasures still hide the fields inside the walls. A lot of urban walls and huge Roman cisterns are impressive, the sizes of which overwhelm even today. An additional advantage of this place is the beautiful panorama that stretches from Aphera to the White Mountains and the bay of Souda.

Aptera - View of the White Mountains
Columns of a Roman house knocked down by an earthquake

Access to the excavations

Aptera is located a few kilometers east of Chania in front of the sea fortress Souda. Driving along the New National Road from Chania to Rethymnon, you have to take the side road on the right. This road should lead to the town of Metohi (Μετόχι). You can enter the excavation area in two ways: leave the car along the road next to the old city gates or go a little further under the main entrance, where there is a small gravel parking lot. Excavations are open from 8.30 to 15.00 except Mondays. The admission fee is 2 €.

Access map to the aptery

west
central
east

Interesting places on Crete

↤ click the appropriate part of the island to change the bottom map

Falasarna
Falasarna

Falasarna

W 2002 roku Falasarna zdobyła tytuł najlepszej plaży w Grecji. Wyróżnienie to nie jest bynajmniej przypadkowe, gdyż miejsce to jak na standardy Krety jest naprawdę unikalne.

X
more
Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

X
more
Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

X
more
Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

X
more
Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

X
more
Aptera
Aptera

Aptera

Aptera is a city whose history dates back to at least a thousand years before our era. In the peak period, about 20,000 lived in it. people, of which only 1/5 were free people.

X
more
Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of ​​the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

X
more
Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion.

X
more
Frangokastello
Frangokastello

Frangokastello

Frangokastello is a small fortress that was built by the Venetians over four years from 1371. Initially, the castle was named after Saint Nikitas.

X
more
Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

X
more
Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

X
more
The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

X
more
Kournas
Kournas

Kournas

Located 47 km from the city of Chania, it is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Its area is about 580 thousand. sqm. and the maximum depth is about 45 meters

X
more
The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

X
more
Aradena
Aradena

Aradena

The steel crossing, which in the central part is separated from the ground by nearly 150 m, is at the leading position of the places where the longest bungee jumps are made.

X
more
Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

X
more
Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion. Word

X
more
Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

X
more
Chora Sfakion
Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion is an extremely picturesque mountain village of the mountainous and wild Sfakia region

X
more
Loutro
Loutro

Loutro

Loutro is famous for the fact that you can get to it only from the sea or walk on the mountain trail, because there is no other road here.

X
more
Stavros
Stavros

Stavros

Stavros used to be a small fishing village. Today, it is primarily a tourist destination, but in a positive sense.

X
more
Bear's Cave
Bear's Cave

Bear's Cave

The cave is less than 1 km from Moni Gouvernetou Monastery. You will reach it using the pedestrian trail that has been marked out along the slope of the Avlaki Gorge.

X
more
Balos Lagoon
Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon

Balos is one of Crete's flagship beaches if not all of Greece. We can assure you that the landscapes you see during your trip to Balos will remain with you for a very long time.

X
more
Moni Katholiko
Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko is probably the oldest and most spectacular monastery in Crete. It is located 20 km north-east of Chania.

X
more
Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

X
more
Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

X
more
Gouverneto Monastery
Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery is probably the oldest active Greek Catholic monastery located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania.

X
more
Imbros
Imbros

Imbros

The length of the trail leading through this place is about 8 kilometers and the difference in altitude is about 600m.

X
more
Agia Roumeli
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli znajduje się na południowym wybrzeżu Prefektury Chania, pomiędzy miejscowościami Chora Sfakion i Paleochora.

X
more
Souda
Souda

Souda

Until the early nineties, this place was known only to few tourists and local residents.

X
more
Paleochora
Paleochora

Paleochora

Paleochora is a quite well-organized tourist town, with a beautiful large sandy beach

X
more
Lissos
Lissos

Lissos

Ruiny starożytnego miasta Lissos znajdują się około 3,5 km od miejscowości Sougia na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

X
more
Samaria
Samaria

Samaria

Samaria is one of the most important tourist attractions located in the western part of Crete.

X
more
Glyka Nera
Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera is one of the most spectacular beaches in Crete.

X
more
Sougia
Sougia

Sougia

Sougia is a small town located in the southwest of Crete.

X
more
Falasarna (excavations)
Falasarna (excavations)

Falasarna (excavations)

On the north-western coast of Crete, at the foot of the Gramovous peninsula, there are ruins of the ancient port of Korikos, later known as Falassarna.

X
more
Krios
Krios

Krios

Krios Beach is located about 9 km west of Paleochora and it is also the last beach on this stretch of the southern coast

X
more
Agia Sofia
Agia Sofia

Agia Sofia

Between the villages of Topolia and Koutsamatados there is an interesting cave known as Agia Sofia

X
more
Milia
Milia

Milia

Milia is an authentic mountain settlement, which most probably dates from about the seventeenth century.

X
more
Potamida
Potamida

Potamida

On the edge of the village of Potamida grows a complex of clay mounds called Komolithi (Komolithoi)

X
more
Grammeno
Grammeno

Grammeno

Grammeno (Γραμμένο) is a beach that can be counted among one of the best and most beautiful beaches in this part of Crete.

X
more
Platanias
German tunnels
Platanias<br/> German tunnels

Platanias
German tunnels

Platanias is a popular tourist destination. It is here that there are very interesting tunnels from World War II.

X
more
Polirynia
Polirynia

Polirynia

Polyrinia was one of the most important city-states of western Crete during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was built amphitheater on a steep hill, rising to a height of 481 meters above sea level

X
more
Agia Irini
Agia Irini

Agia Irini

The Agia Irini gorge, just a short distance from the village of Sougia, is one of the most popular hiking destinations.

X
more
Gramvous
Gramvous

Gramvous

The island of Gramvousa, or in fact Imeri Gramvousa (Ήμερη Γραμβούσα), is an inseparable point of a trip that combines a stay in the Balos Lagoon with visiting the remains of a fortress located on the top of the island of Imeri Gramovousa.

X
more
Fortress
Fortress

Fortress

Agia Roumeli is located on the south coast of Chania Prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Paleochora.

X
more
Ag. Pavlos
Ag. Pavlos

Ag. Pavlos

The Byzantine church of Agios Pavlos was erected on the remote Selouda Beach in the south of Crete.

X
more
Kedrodasos
Kedrodasos

Kedrodasos

Even in the high season, Kedrodasos still remains wild and unobstructed by crowds

X
more
Data publikacji:
Data modyfikacji:
Średnia: 4.5
Liczba ocen: 5
  • 0.5
  • 1.0
  • 1.5
  • 2.0
  • 2.5
  • 3.0
  • 3.5
  • 4.0
  • 4.5
  • 5.0
 
 
Oceniłeś na:
 
Kreta informacje 4.5 na 5 (0) liczba ocen 5
Wszystkie treści i zdjęcia występujące w serwisie są naszą własnością.
Wykorzystanie ich w dowolnej formie wymaga pisemnej zgody autorów.

Komentarze

 gość}
gość ewawien
2023-01-25 13:09:16

Jak komunikacja miejska?

Jak dojechac komunikacja miejska? Busem?

Gosia | crete.pl
Gosia | crete.pl
2023-01-25 21:39:21

Raczej nie, bo Aptera leży przy bocznych drogach.

Wypełnij poniższy formularz aby dodać komentarz

Nazwa użytkownika:

Adres e-mail:

Tytuł:

Treść:

Przepisz kod z obrazka:
Kod obrazka

Wpisanie prawidowego kodu oznacza zgodę na przetwarzanie danych w celu wyświetlania komentarza.
Kontakt Administratorem Danych Osobowych zgromadzonych na stronie możliwy jest pod adresem mailowym [email protected]

Zapisz komentarz
Zapisz komentarz

Inne strony tej kategorii

Excavations at Trypitos

Excavations at Trypitos

When, in 1960, heavy building equipment entered the small headland of Trypitos next to Sitia, no-one expected the land to hide the ruins of the ancient Hellenic city. To this day, this area is still being examined by archaeologists, and the found treasures feed the resources of the Archaeological Museum in Sitia. These niche excavations located just off the road to Vai are a must stop for any archeology enthusiast.

Lato

Lato

The ruins of the ancient city of LATO can be found near the charming village of Krista near Agios Nikolaos. This is one of my favorite excavations in Crete. Located on the sidelines, without crowds of crowds, exposed to the burning sun, which heats mercilessly the stone remains of the city. The atmosphere of isolation is conducive to such sightseeing that I prefer the most. It leaves room for both reverie over the former inhabitants of this place and a picturesque photographic plein-air without tourists entering the lens.

Gournia - an unnamed settlement

Gournia - an unnamed settlement

It is recognized that Gournia was inhabited between 3000 BC and 1200 BC and is one of the few cities unearthed to a large extent. In other major cities, archaeologists focused mainly on discovering palace buildings, while in Gournia, apart from the palace, urban buildings, residential houses and a road network were also discovered.

Booking.com

Polecamy:

Oliwa i kosmetyki organiczne Olivaloe


Parklot

Najnowsze komentarze:

Marjo Blom: Barbara Westerhof je wordt op Kreta verwacht
Lukasz Beata SK: Już w zeszłym roku mieli atak zimny
Mariola Dudzinska: 
Piotr Matulewicz: Super+
Dana Gołowacz: Zaamer jest nieoceniony
gość PiotrWie : Na lotnisku w Chanii są przeprowadzane ankiety z pewną ilością pasażerów i te dane są na ich podstawie. Raz byliśmy proszeni o wzięcie udziału - na kilkadziesiąt startów i lądowań.
Patrycja Kazimieruk Strycharska: Byłam jest cudownie jak większość twierdzę że jeden raz to za mało ale warto chodź nie próżnowałam w zwiedzaniu
Michał Stankiewicz: Skąd te dane? Nas nikt nie pytał o wykształcenie czy o cokolwiek.
Tomasz Lipowski: Od Balos po Vai w 6 lat i wciąż mnie zaskakuje
Lukasz Beata SK: 5 miesięcy , zjeździliśmy własnym domem na 4 kółkach . Kreta jest cudowna
Dana Gołowacz: Od Chanii po Kissamos, Balos I Falasarne po Paleochore i Sougie
Jola Ostraszewska: W zeszlym roku 3x, w sumie 28 dni. Małe apartamenty w kilku miejscach wyspy. Raz tez nocka w samochodzie
Aleksandra PM: Byłam z dziećmi tydzień w czerwcu. Ponieważ to był nasz 2 wspólny pobyt na wyspie, ale mój 5, to Elounda z widokiem (i rejsem) na Spinalongę. Auto na 2 dni. Biuro podróży, hotel ze śniadaniami i kolacjami.
Gosia | crete.pl : Raczej nie, bo Aptera leży przy bocznych drogach.
gość ewawien: Jak dojechac komunikacja miejska? Busem?
gość PiotrWie: Większość hippiesów z Dytiko też się wyprowadziła - nie każdy lubi być oglądany jak małpa w klatce. Gdzie - nie napiszę, zebu znowu nie musieli szukać nowego miejsca na Krecie. Jak ktoś jest bardzo ciekawy - niech sam poszuka.
Maciej Gie: Lentas https://maps.app.goo.gl/4GUkeCY84NawBX6L6
Maria Dziekan: Jeszcze taka ciekawostka: kiedy z Matali pogoniono hippisów, przenieśli się właśnie w okolice Lentas. Raz widzieliśmy gościa w wieku emerytalnym, który nam pasował do tej historii, ale mógł to być po prostu miejscowy luzaczek :)
gość PiotrWie : Bez przesady, oba razy przyjechaliśmy bez rezerwacji i było po kilka opcji do wyboru .
Maria Dziekan: Bardzo lubimy Lentas. Zawsze tam zaglądamy, chociaż trzeba zboczyć ze szlaku. Mamy swoją ulubioną knajpkę, gdzie Maria z mężem codziennie coś ciekawego gotują. Plaża jest malutka, kameralna, jak cała miejscowość. Są tam pensjonaty i malutkie hoteliki, jednak chyba ciężko o miejsca.
gość PiotrWie: To jedno z naszych ulubionych miejsc na Krecie - bez hoteli z tłumem turystów, byliśmy tam w 2014r przez kilkanaście dni, zwiedzając zachodnią część gór Asterousia i w 2017 - zatrzymaliśmy się tam na kilka dni gdy szliśmy z Tris Ekklisies do Matali - wzdłuż morza za górami Asterousia śpiąc głównie na plażach - bo miejscowości są tam oddalone o 2 - 3 dni drogi. Dla nas to jest prawdziwa Kreta.
Barbara Arciszewska: Pięknie, jeszcze tam niedotarłam
Basia Skye: Lentas jest super!
KSI Media - Strony WWW i oprogramowanie dla Biur Podróży: 
Mariola Dudzinska: Τέλεια
Parklot

Ciekawe miejsca na Krecie

CRETE Copyright © 2009-23 Linki | Kontakt | Polityka prywatności | Kontakt | Newsletter
ukryj
Zapisz się do
Newslettera