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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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We visited here while on a jeep safari...we were told that there was a steep climb up to the entrance then a 200 step down to the inside of the cave !!!! Ok I will continue if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Elgin, United Kingdom

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The cave is ok, but far from spectacular. We have been in much more interesting caves. It is only the idea/concept that it is said to be the cave where Zues was hidden as a baby.

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N Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We arrived here about lunchtime and set off up the challenging climb to the cave. Very well worth it, great photographic opportunities en route. We are late 50's and made the journey easily....lots of donkeys tried to overtake us! The steps down into the dark depths of the cave are tricky, especially if there are a lot of people wishing... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I love visiting caves and have been to a fair few in my time, and this was probably one of the least interesting I have ever been to. Apart from the legend of Zeus there is little to make this cave stand out. There is a fairly steep climb to get to it from the car park at the bottom... More 

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited here while on a jeep safari...we were told that there was a steep climb up to the entrance then a 200 step down to the inside of the cave !!!! Ok I will continue if your not already thinking Oh my god !!!!, So there is 3 ways to the entrance, the first is up the old path,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Apart from what we read in the tour leaflet, didn't really have much background info on the Diktean Caves which are rumoured to be the birthplace of Zeus. Lovely trip up through the mountains through beautiful villages where locals waved as we passed, which made you feel welcome and inclined to stop and enjoy some refreshment. Parking at the Caves... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Read some other reviews about the climb to get there, it's fine just make sure you are wearing trainers. It was great, a pretty impressive cave, worth reading information about it before you go as there isn't really any info there. But definitely worth a visit.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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Address: Psychro Cave, Crete 720 52, Greece
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Lasithi Prefecture

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