Category: Caves

Agia Fotini cave

The cave of Agia Fotini is on located on Mountain Louloudaki, 7km south of Avdou village, at an altitude of 760m. Avdou village is located 35km east of Heraklion, where a sign "Agia Fotini Cave - 7 km”, shows the direction. From there you enter a dirt roa

Agia Sofia cave

The cave of Agia Sofia is located 47km southwest of the city of Chania, on the west of the gorge Topolia. The cave is located near the main road to Elafonisi. On the left of the cave entrance, there is the small church of Agia Sofia.

Agios Antonios Cave or Patsos Cave

The Cave of St. Anthony is located in Chania, north of the village Patsos Amari, in the beautiful and lush gorge Patsou (or St. Anthony). The cave is called the Cave and Kranaou Mercury, as it was the place of worship Kranaou Mercury, as stated in the ded

Arkalochori cave

The cave of Arkalochori, also known as Holy Cave, is located at the South West side of Arkalochori village, specifically at the south west aisle of Profitis Ilias Church, 400m above sea level.

Asfendou or Sfakion cave

Asfendou cave is located near the village of Sfakia. The cave has actually one room that was previously larger. The intense precipitation and the fall of the roof give rock shelter morphology to the cave.

Atziganospilios cave

Atziganospilios is located within short distance (10km) from the village of Adrianos, in site Koukistres. It is about 25km southwest of Agios Nikolaos. After entering the cave, four large rooms and five small rooms are opened, with rich cave decor.

Arkoudospilios (Bear Cave) or the Cave of Panagia Arkoudiotissa

Arkoudospilios (Bear Cave) or the Cave of Panagia Arkoudiotissa is located in Akrotiri, 2 km north of the monastery Merciful, Groove in the Gorge. The cave is known for the bear-shaped rock that made the cave a place of worship of the ancient goddess Arte

Chainospilios or Marmarospilios cave

The Cave Chainospilios is located 200 meters away from the village Kamaraki. The cave is also called Marmarospilios, while many locals call it "Labyrinth". The entrance of the cave is on a steep cliff. It is a long narrow cave with galleries that are part

Dikteon andron cave or Zeus cave or Psichro cave

The impressive cave of Zeus, the Diktaean Cave, is located just 10 minutes walking-distance from Psychro, in Lassithi Plateau, at an altitude of 1025m. In Psychro there is plenty of parking areas, with plenty of restaurants nearby. The route to the cave i

Doxa cave

Doxa cave is situated at an altitude of 463m, in the position Kaka Pila of Marathos, 20km west of Heraklion. It is a small but well-known cave, which has very impressive décor of different colors and shapes. Doxa Cave is located 7.5 km after the junction

Eileithyia cave

The cave of Eileithyia is located 7km east of Heraklion and 1 km southeast of Amnissos. It is shaped on the eastern sides of the valley of Karteros. The entrance of the cave is near an old fig tree. The cave was discovered during the last century. The loc

Elephants cave

The submarine Cave of Elephants is located in Drepano area of Akrotiri, in Chania prefecture and out of Souda Bay. The cave was discovered in 1999 by the snorkeler Manolis Efthymakis. Thus, Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology, in collaboration w

Gerani cave

One of the most beautiful caves in the prefecture of Rethymno and in whole Crete, is the cave of Gerani. It is located 7 km west of Rethymnon, at the location "Kamari" and close to the beach of Gerani.

Goumenospilios cave

Goumenospilios is a small cave located in Agiofarago Gorge, about 80km south of Heraklion. Its entrance is very small, but the inner is very spacious, with a lighting hole on the roof. The cave has no decor, but is nonetheless legendary.

Gourgouthakas Cave

The precipice Gourgouthakas is the deepest cave precipice of Greece and the second in the Balkans. Access is almost impossible by anyone and can only be achieved by experienced cavers. The second largest cave precipice of Greece is also in Crete and is kn

Hosto Nero cave

The cave of Hosto Nero is found in the region Selia of Youchtas mountain near the road that leads to the top of Afentis Christos. It is located at an altitude of about 720 meters in the southern top of the holy mountain and in order for anyone to see it h

Ideon Antron cave

Ideon Cave (or Ideon Antron) is located on the eastern slopes of Mountain Ida (Psiloritis), in the plateau of Nida. The distance of the cave from Anogia is 24km and from Rethymno is 78km. The cave has not any special geological value, but has enormous myt

Kalamato cave

In the ravine of Laggos, except Krionerida cave, there is the cave of Kalamato, which is labyrinthine, with small booths, potholes, stalactites and stalagmites. The cave can be accessed only by experienced cavers.

Kamares cave or Kamaraiko cave

The cave of Kamares, also called Kamaraiko, is located at the southern foot of Psiloritis. In particular, it is situated on the slopes of Mount Soros, at an altitude of 1700m and northeast of the homonym village of Kamares. It is not important in terms of

Kamilari cave

The cave Kamilari is an easily accessible and impressive cave of Psiloritis Mountain. It is located just 200m from the 13th km of the old road connecting Heraklion with Rethymnon, near Tylisos, at an altitude of 267m. It has 200m long paths, while its ent

Krionerida cave

The cave Krionerida is located in the ravine Laggos, southwest of the village Vafes, at an altitude of 230m. The entrance has a width of 1.8m and height 1.5m. It consists of four rooms, with the first being the larger, while the second contains the bones

Labyrinth cave

Cave Labyrinth is located 50km south of Iraklion, on a small hill, 3.5 km north of Kastelli village in Messara Plain. It was a huge artificial cave with labyrinthine corridors longer than 2.5km long and several rooms that did not lead anywhere, which serv

Leon Cave

Leon Cave was officially discovered on 11 August 2008 by a French-Greek team of speleologists, exploring the White Mountains of Chania. However, its existence was known 15 years ago, during a French mission of the Catamaran Club.

Marathokefala cave or Marathospilios cave

The Cave of Marathokefala or Marathospilios is located next to the village of Kynigiana, 29km southeast of Rethymno. Several caves have been found in this area (Mylopotamos). Marathokefala is one of the most beautiful caves in the area, with its length ex

Matala caves

The most striking feature of the area is the many caves, carved in the soft white limestone thousands of years ago in the northwest walls of the bay. There are several underwater caves, as well. It is believed that the caves of Matala were used as graves

Melidoni cave

The Cave of Melidoni is located approximately 1,800 meters northwest of the homonym village of Mylopotamos, at an altitude of 220m. Melidoni is a cave, where visitors can only admire the first but quite impressive hall, because the rest halls are closed f

Milatos cave or Rapas cave

Milatos Cave, also known as Rapas cave, is located 3km northeast of Milatos at an altitude of 155m. In order to reach the cave, the visitor should drive 2.5km east of Milatos (following the road sings) and then walk in the uphill footpath that leads to th

Neraidospilios Astrakon cave

Neraidospilios of Astraki is situated about 23 km from Heraklion, near the village Astraki. The cave is located near the majestic river of Astraki, where the gorge, ending in Karteros, starts. Neraidospilios is a small two-storey cave.

Pelekiton cave

The Cave of Pelekita is one of the largest caves in Crete, having a length of 310m. The cave of Pelekita is located at an altitude of 100m, at the foot of Traostalos Mount, well hidden within the bare rocks of the wild landscape of Zakros.

Sarhos cave or Honos cave or Nichteridospilios cave

Cave Sarhos, Honos or Nychteridospilios is located west of the village Sarhos, at an altitude of 276m. The cave is particularly loved by cavers because of its complexity and large length.

Sfendoni cave or Zoniana cave

Cave Zoniana, Sfendoni or Sfendoni's Hole, is located 1km north of Zoniana village in Mylopotamos, about 43km west of Heraklion and 52km southeast of Rethymno. It is shaped on the southern slopes of the hill Halepa at an altitude of 630m.

Skotino cave or Agia Paraskevi cave

The cave of Agia Paraskevi is located in Gouves area, northwest of the village Skoteino, with its entrance located at an altitude of 225m. In thıs cave the worshıp of Goddess Artemıs (Diana) Vritomartis took place.

St. John cave

Almost opposite Krionerida cave, within a recess of a rock there is the very old church of St. John. It is said that once one Turk saw a picture of the Saint and wanted to desecrate it. He took out his cutlass and broke that. But some minutes later, he li

St. John the Hermit Cave or Xenos Cave

The Cave of St. John the Hermit or Xenos in Avlaki Gorge, in Akrotiri, is located just a few hundred meters away from Arkoudospilios. Similarly to Arkoudospilios this was a riverbed with a total length of about 135 meters, forming a horizontal room. Its r

Theriospilios cave

Theriospilios is a small cave in the position Chyloftes - Therio, northwest of Kavoussi in an altitude of 50m, on a steep slope above the sea. Visitors can reach the cave from Kavoussi after walking 40 minutes. Theriospilios has a total length of 44m, 25m

Trapeza cave or Kronio cave

The cave Trapeza, also known as Kronion Cave, is located between the village Marmaketo and Tzermiado, in Lassithi Plateau, at an altitude of 860m. It’s located near the secondary road that connects Marmaketo with Tzermiado School.

Tzanis Cave or Katavothra Cave or Chonos Cave

Tzanis Cave or Katavothra or Chonos, is located in Omalos Plateau in Chania. It reaches a length of 2500m and a depth of 280m. The cave has raised the interest of foreign tourists since 1865. Tzanis is accessible, but is not organized for tourists.