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Address: Psychro Cave, Crete 720 52, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making...

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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We visited the cave by car, from Heraklion, which meant quite a long drive up into the mountains to Lassithi Plain. On parking, there was an uphill walk to the cave, although you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Millbrook, United Kingdom
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Millbrook, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the cave by car, from Heraklion, which meant quite a long drive up into the mountains to Lassithi Plain. On parking, there was an uphill walk to the cave, although you can hire a donkey, if you prefer. The cave, itself, was well worth the long drive, being, reputedly, the birthplace of Zeus. There were fabulous formations in... More 

Thank egbrabner
Vollezele, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The drive to the plateau and the view over the valley just before the entrance is worth the effort. The cave itself, it you ever visited any other cave anywhere in the world, is utterly disappointing. Don't waste your money even though it only costs 4 euro per person.

Thank Ignace D
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We should have read all the reviews. The coordinates that we followed were indeed wrong so they brought us to a beekeeping place, not a cave. No place to buy water nearby which is not so nice after an 8km uphill walk from Malia. They view on the way was nice but that's about it. Should have walked to Sissi... More 

Thank travellingMammoth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Nice and interesting cave, not very big, very cold inside, good in summer. Long walk up the mountain to get there... But you can ride a donkey too... Not expensive

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The cave is good to visit, we did it as part of the jeep safari tour. It took us around 15minutes climbing to get to the cave and 15 minutes down. The cave is very small compared to others ive been to, literally after 5 minutes you've walked round it and out. but very good to take photos.

Thank Jackie K
Tartu, Estonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

At first You have to walk uphills to the entrance to the cave for quite a lot, but there is also an option to take the donkey ride up there over the rocks...(though I felt sorry for the donkeys...). If You are not fit, the walk up can be hard, but it is doable with the resting stops and the... More 

Thank Piret531
Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The birthplace of Zeus is in a beautiful spot 10-15 walk up a very steep path with breath taking views at the top. The €4 entrance free is reasonable, though check your change, and the cave has some nice staligtites and staligmites. There is a steep circular path through the cave and it's very dark and wet so watch your... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Set off on our hired quad for this place out in the sticks. It was a very pleasant journey to get there with lovely views. Once there we has a long walk up a hill to get to the actual cave. It's a bout a kilometre walk all up hill so not so good for people with mobility problems. However,... More 

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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

you pay 8 euros on wonder around a cave that really hasn't been preserved that well. All The Stalactites and stalagmites have been ripped down. The information on the outside of the cave is interesting and the cave itself is in a lovely location which itself is worth the drive.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Allegedly the birthplace of Zeus, this is a relatively small but impressive cave. The fee is minimal and there are some Eateries nearby. Do take shoes for your visit. It is about a 15-20 min walk up a steep paved path to the caves which in the midday heat with kids is not easy. There are donkeys that cost 10... More 

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