Beautiful caves in Greece: In the view of an ordinary tourist, Greece is associated with a beach holiday or historical sights. But if you are already tired of all this, we recommend that you get acquainted with the Greek caves, among which there are many very interesting ones.
The 9 most beautiful caves in Greece
- Cave of Alistrati in Serra
Let’s start from the north of Greece. Here you will find the cave of Alistrati, near the city of Serres in the region of Macedonia. This is one of the largest caves in Europe, it has stalactites and stalagmites of different colors, up to 18 meters high, as well as rare formations called heccendrites or cave pearls. All this creates the impression of falling into the other world. Greek myth claims that the god Hades hid with Persephone here after she was kidnapped.
- Penteli Cave
Penteli Cave, also called Davelis Cave, is located north of Athens on the slopes of Mount Pentelicus. According to legends, it was discovered by the builders of the Parthenon, who quarried marble for the temple from mountain quarries. The small church at the entrance to the cave dates back to the Middle Ages, but in ancient times there was a sanctuary of the god Pan.
- Kutuki Cave in Paania
This easily accessible cave is located on the eastern slope of Mount Immitos. Discovered in 1928 by locals, the cave was created between the mountain’s metamorphic limestone folds and has many cave formations with names such as Harmonium, Red Falls, and Olympic Torch.
- Cave of Euripides, Salamina
In a narrow cave on a hillside, the ancient Greek playwright Euripides retired, loneliness helped him write his famous tragedies. The depth of the cave is about 47 meters; it contains ten small corridors, in one of which a skyphos (two-handled wine goblet) with a black glaze from the end of the 5th century BC was found. On the cup were letters meaning the name Euripedes. The cave is located near the settlement of Ayanteyo – to find it, follow the path that stretches 350 meters north of the end of Euripedes Street.
- Cave of Katafgigi, Antiparos
The small Cycladic island of Antiparos, known as the summer home of actor Tom Hanks, has a special attraction in the form of the Katafigi Cave. Katafgigi is a cave in the southeastern part of the island. At the vaulted entrance, visitors are greeted by a huge stalagmite. It is said that a gang of would-be assassins of Alexander the Great once hid here. There are also famous inscriptions on some of the stalactites, including those of the 17th-century French ambassador and King Otto of Greece.
The cave itself has an area of 5600 square meters and a depth of 85 meters. You descend a cement staircase of 411 steps to enter three halls, including the first, poetically named: Thalamos ton Petri non-Katarrakton or the Hall of Stone Waterfalls.
- Melissani Cave, Kefalonia
Of the many caves in Greece, few will light up your Instagram feed like the Melissani Cave on the east side of the Ionian island of Kefalonia, near Sami.
In Greek mythology, it was the cave of the nymphs, but what makes it truly epic is the lake inside. The vault of one of the halls of the cave collapsed many years ago, thanks to which the lake is illuminated by sunlight. When sunlight strikes the still crystal clear water around noon, the lake shimmers beautifully with blue light.
- Caves of Zeus, Crete
According to Greek mythology, Zeus, the most powerful of the Olympian gods, was born in a cave on the largest of the Greek islands, Crete. Some sources give a more accurate place of his birth – this is the Psychro Cave, also called the Dikteian Cave. It is located above the village of Psychro in the region of the Lassithi plateau in eastern Crete (as a sanctuary, it was also revered by the Minoans).
But in other sources of the origin of Zeus, it is mentioned that the place of his birth is the Cave of Ida, found on the slopes of Mount Ida, which, with a height of 2456 meters, is the highest mountain in Crete.
- Caves of Diros, Mani
In 2014, at the entrance to Alepotripou, one of the cave complexes of the Caves of Diros, the remains of a couple of Neolithic times aged 5800 years were discovered. These caves are located about halfway down the Mani peninsula in the Peloponnese region.
The most impressive of the caves is Vlychada. You can explore the cave on a boat tour of the lake, which was created by the sea millions of years ago. Tours last about 40 minutes and be careful because the underground is quite cool.
- Cave of the lakes
The Cave of the Lakes, located near the village of Kastria in Achaia in the Peloponnese, is true to its name. It has 13 cascading lakes on three levels, which begin immediately after the entrance to the cave.
Small suspension bridges will take you along the route from the lake to the lake, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites at almost every step of the cave path. About 2000 meters of the cave have been explored – no one knows where it ends.