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Caves

The depths of nature!

The Greek land is scattered with caves exceeding 8500 in number. Major geological processes have endowed the bowels of the Greek earth with true monuments to nature, filled with charm and mystery. Some of the caves are renowned all over the world for their significant anthropological findings, such as Petralona cave in Chalidiki and Franchthi cave in the Peloponnese.

Human history has been linked to these mystical caves. Many of them were refuges for primeval man; others were important places of worship. The power of nature, manifesting itself in the silence, unseen by human eyes, has captivated all cultures. Great chthonic deities were regarded as the protectors of caves in Greece, like the mythical “Pories”, beings with great intelligence and bodily features both human and serpent-like.

Greek caves, like Melissani on Kefalonia, those at Alistrati and Prosotsani in Macedonia, the Perama cave in Ioannina, Epirus, the famous cave of Paiania in Attica, the caves of Limnes and Diros in the Peloponnese, Diktaion Antron (Diktaean Cave) in Crete, fascinate visitors with their inner, complex decoration. Stalactites and stalagmites of incredible beauty, an ‘architectural’ structure that forms halls similar to those in royal palaces, underground waters, crystal-clear and mystical, create unparalleled underground landscapes.

Many caves have been linked to religious tradition, like Mega Spilaion in the Peloponnese and of course, the famous Cave of the Apocalypse on the island of Patmos. There are also many small caves that were always considered sacred places, which have been converted into Orthodox churches, like Agios Konstantinos in the Peloponnese at Pellini .

Apart from being one of the special sights to see when travelling around this country, a visit to a Greek cave is a deeply mystical experience.

 

 

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ACHAIA
Cave of the Lakes, Neraidotrypa Cave

AETOLOAKARNANIA
Cyclopes Cave

ARCADIA
Arkadia Caves

ARGOLIDA
Argolida Caves

ATTICA
Agia Sofia Cave, Bekiri Cave, Cave of Euripides, Davelis cave, Peania Cave

CHANIA
Arkoudiotissa Cave, Chania Caves, Zoures and Charakas Caves

CHIOS
Olympi Cave, The Cave of Agio Gala

CORFU (KERKYRA)
Grava Gardikiou, Ipapanti Sea Cave, Trypa tou Pelaou

CYCLADES
Black Cave, Chivaldolimni Cave, Chrysospilia, Georgitsis Cave, Koutala Cave, Papafragka Cave, Sea Caves, Sykia, Tinos Caves, Za Cave

DODECANESE
Aghios Ioannis Cave, Apokalipsi Cave, Aspri Petra Cave, Charkadio Cave, Daskalio Cave, Ellinokamara Cave, Ghalazio Cave, Kefala Cave, Poseidonas Cave, Rhodes Caves, Selai Cave, The Caves (Kalimnos)

DRAMA
Aggitis cave

EVIA
Caves (Evia), Evia Caves

EVROS
Evros Caves

GREVENA
Grevena Caves

HALKIDIKI
Petralona Cave

HERAKLION
Agia Paraskevi Cave, Caves in Heraclion Prefecture, Elithyia Cave, Kamares Cave, Kamaron Cave

IMATHIA
Imathia Caves

IOANNINA
Perama Cave, Pramanton Cave

KARDITSA
Karditsa Caves

KASTORIA
The Cave

KAVALA
Drakotripa Cave

KEFALONIA
Drogarati Cave, Loizos Cave, Melissani cave, Nymphs Cave, Sakkos Cave, Smaller Caves

KILKIS
The cave of Aghios Georgios, Two Storey Cave on Aghios Georgios Hill

KOZANI
Skoteino Cave

LACONIA
Diros Caves, Kastania Cave

LASSITHI
Diktaean Cave, Milatos Cave, Trapeza Cave

LEFKADA
Lefkada Caves

MAGNESIA
Kentavros Heronas Cave, Terasties Caves, Tripitis Cave

MESSINIA
Katafigio Cave

PREVEZA
Caves (Parga)

RETHYMNO
Gerani Cave, Idaion Antro, Melidoni Cave, Sfendoni Cave

RODOPI
Cyclops Cave

SERRES
Alistrati Cave

THESPROTIA
Gkorilas-Aghios Arsenios

ZAKYNTHOS
Ghalazies Spilies (Blue Caves)

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