Caves in Crete

During ancient times the caves were characterized as sacred and used for religious ceremonies.Listed below are some of the most important caves on the island…

Skoteino Cave

The Skotino cave  is one of the largest and more impressive caves among the many caves found in Crete.The cave lies high on a hill northwest of the village of Skotino, a few kilometers inland south of Gouves.It is also known as Agia Paraskevi cave from the church dedicated to Saint Paraskevi built on top of it. The first archaeological examination on the site were carried out by Arthur Evans,the well-known British archaeologist who unearthed and partially restored Knossos in the early 20th century. A more comprehensive exploration was carried out by French and Greek archaeologists in the 1960s. They found a considerable number of bronze and ceramic votive offerings, the oldest of them dating from the earliest Minoan periods.

Caves in Crete

During ancient times the caves were characterized as sacred and used for religious ceremonies.Listed below are some of the most important caves on the island…

Skoteino Cave

The Skotino cave  is one of the largest and more impressive caves among the many caves found in Crete.The cave lies high on a hill northwest of the village of Skotino, a few kilometers inland south of Gouves.It is also known as Agia Paraskevi cave from the church dedicated to Saint Paraskevi built on top of it. The first archaeological examination on the site were carried out by Arthur Evans,the well-known British archaeologist who unearthed and partially restored Knossos in the early 20th century. A more comprehensive exploration was carried out by French and Greek archaeologists in the 1960s. They found a considerable number of bronze and ceramic votive offerings, the oldest of them dating from the earliest Minoan periods.

 Sarcho’s cave

Cave Sarhos, Honos or Nychteridospilios is located west of the village Sarhos, at an altitude of 276m. It is one of the largest and most important caves of Crete, which is particularly loved by cavers because of its complexity and large length.

 Sarcho’s cave

Cave Sarhos, Honos or Nychteridospilios is located west of the village Sarhos, at an altitude of 276m. It is one of the largest and most important caves of Crete, which is particularly loved by cavers because of its complexity and large length.

 Idaion Andro cave

Ideon Andro otherwise Spilios is located at the east of the highest mountain of Crete “Psiloritis”,near Anogeia.It is one of the most important sacred caves of Crete and accepts thousand of visitors every year,especially during the summer months.

 Idaion Andro cave

Ideon Andro otherwise Spilios is located at the east of the highest mountain of Crete “Psiloritis”,near Anogeia.It is one of the most important sacred caves of Crete and accepts thousand of visitors every year,especially during the summer months.

 Diktaion Andro

Dikteon Andron or Psichros’ Cavern, also known as Cave of Zeus as the locals call it, is one of the most important and impressive caverns of Crete, rich in stalactites and stalagmites. It’s specially organized and receives thousands of tourists every year. In this cavern, located at the Lasithi Plateau, near the village Psichro, according to mythology, Rea, Cronos’ wife, gave birth to Zeus.

Sfendoni Cave

Sfendoni cave is located in the village of Zoniana in Rethimnon.Thousand of stalactites and stalagmites decorate the halls and in many places there are stone river basins and water pearls.The cave also, is safe for people with disabilities.It belongs to a network of protected areas with particular geological heritage that is under the auspices of UNESKO.

Sfendoni Cave

Sfendoni cave is located in the village of Zoniana in Rethimnon.Thousand of stalactites and stalagmites decorate the halls and in many places there are stone river basins and water pearls.The cave also, is safe for people with disabilities.It belongs to a network of protected areas with particular geological heritage that is under the auspices of UNESKO.

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