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Address: Psychro Cave, Crete 720 52, Greece
Activities: Walking
Description: This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making it...
This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making it an important religious and cultural center to the ancient Greeks.
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Tough but interesting

The club up to the cave was incredibly tough as the mountain air sucked the oxygen out of my body bit once I got onto the cave of was interesting to see all the formations. Not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Historically & Mythological must if you visit Crete. It is where the Titan Rhea is reputed to have given birth to the Greek God Zeus in order to save him from the wrath of his father the Titan Chronus. The Dikteon Cave, sometimes also called Psychro Cave is on the Northern Slope of Mount Dicte in Crete on the Lassithi... More 

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

The club up to the cave was incredibly tough as the mountain air sucked the oxygen out of my body bit once I got onto the cave of was interesting to see all the formations. Not for the faint of heart

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The steep climb up a flagstone path and then 200 steps down into the caves is not for the faint hearted, but well worth it, just so you can say you've seen where Zeus was born!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This was a nice part of our day trip around Crete. Wear your walking shoes though! Pathways can be slick if it's just rained too. We paid to have a donkey take our two youngest kids up for €10 and it was worth it (and fun for them!). Walk up is about 15-20 minutes and may be slower if you're... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This cave, high in the mountains above the Lasithi Plateau and near the village of Psyhro, is the mythological birthplace of Zeus. He was hidden in here by his mother Rhea to hide him from his father, Cronos, who had eaten all his other off-spring! Once arriving at the site by road, there's ample free parking in the area of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The walk to the cave was all up hill, about 15 mins walk. I would suggest you take water if you are as out of shape as me. There is a very reasonable cafe at the top though if you forget. Cave aside though some of the views on the way up are really something so whist catching your breath... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The cave is well worth the journey but be prepared for the long, steep walk up to the entrance, the last part of which is an unstable rocky path. Unless you feel inclined to pay for a slow donkey ride up, on animals who look as if they're suffering as much as some of the pedestrians, be prepared for a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I have to say the best part of this was the trip over the mountains to get to it, the scenery is just beautiful. We came here on a trip and were not told that there is a pretty long and steep climb up to the cave, with the top part being very uneven. Not a problem for us but... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

So after a breathtaking drive up to to top on a wetish day we arrived in the car park paid our two euro to park and then headed to where we thought the beginning of the cave was....oh no it was a trek and I mean a trek i personally have trouble with my leg and it was difficult we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

As it was my first cave, i expected a bit more from it. My GF was afraid to get down, but later on she managed :) Getting up the hill was a bit hard at the beginning, but we adapted fast. I've seen lady going up the hill pushing baby baggy. Hard to find this case, as location map does... More 

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Address: Address: Psychro Cave, Crete 720 52, Greece
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Lasithi Prefecture

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