Aptera and Surroundings
As we are only a stone throw away from the Ancient City of Aptera, we highly recommend a visit to the archaeological site. Leaving your accommodation and going east, within a minute you reach the first signs of the fortifications of the ancient city to welcome you and to provide you with a small glimpse of the scale and the importance of Ancient Aptera.
As short walk (downhill) to the west of the Aptera Hotel, you'll find three local tavernas and a small mini market. On certain days during the summer there is live Greek music in the centre of the village where the three taverns are, and occasionally a local art exhibition.
If you fancy driving five minutes by car you can reach the coastal town of Kalives where you can find banks and ATM's, a post office, supermarkets, souvenir shops, jewellery stores and many more tavernas and bars. Kalives has a number of beautiful, sandy beaches with umbrellas, sun beds, and beach bars - yet there are also stretches that are usually empty.
Driving west from Aptera on the main road that connects Heraklion, Rethimnon, and Chania, the port of Souda is only a few minutes away, where you can find more shops, cafes and supermarkets, a bank and a post office.
Leaving Souda behind, you are entering the outskirts of Chania town, the city centre is another 10 to 15 minutes drive depending on the traffic.