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Caves

As a result of the country’s rich geological structure and evolution, thousands of magnificent subterranean and underwater caves were formed both on the mainland and on the islands. Systematic explorations conducted by geologists and speleologists have brought to light more than 8,500 caves of all categories (caves, abysses, underground rivers, etc), many of which still remain unexplored. 

Caves were gradually formed on Greek land during the Tertiary and Quaternary Periods, while their large number is due to the huge quantities of limestone covering about 65% of the country’s surface. Many of these caves have given vessels, bones, rock paintings, jewelry and traces of fire, as well as a host of other findings attesting to a very early human presence. Many of these caves were used in antiquity as sites of worship, while in later times they housed churches and monasteries; many caverns situated on steep slopes were used by monks as hermitages. Moreover, numerous caves have played an important role in Greece’s struggles for independence (since they served as shelters, hideaways, hospitals, workshops, etc.).

 

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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, Halki Caves, 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
Caves in Heraclion Prefecture

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

LARISSA
The cave (Kefalovriso)

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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