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Dikteon Cave

Psychro Cave, Crete 720 52, Greece
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Walking
Description: 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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Floda Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Perfect to visit if you like nature and a small hike. The car trip coming here was also really nice. Get some orange juice on the bottom and then go.

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Dumfries
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We came here as part of our jeep safari and it is worth a visit. There is a long walk uphill from the little village but the paths are easy to follow. I underestimated the length and steepness of the walk but as my boyfriend (who was still recovering from a broken ankle) was managing fine I just got on... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Not for the faint hearted. Once you get there is is quite spectacular. You think you have arrived at the car park but you still have a steep and at time slippery climb. It is a long way up and once you have passed the donkey taxi at 10 euros you start to feel the strain. At the kiosk you... More

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place was awesome!! It's a good climb up and if you have a buggy you will need to leave it halfway up. Donkey rides up are available though. The view of Lassithi Plateau at the top is breathtaking but it is nothing compared to the cave itself, absolutely stunning and a fantastic piece of real history mixed with Greek... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The cave itself is pretty small, but the drive and walk/ride up there is well worth it! We came from Heraklion and had a lovely drive winding up through the hills and through adorable mountain villages. Plenty of places to stop for pictures along the way! Once arriving at the cave there is some parking. 2euros all day and really... More

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leicester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Dikteon cave which is supposed to be where Zeus was born, this was really good value for money - 4 euros for adults, children under 18 free, it is a climb up a good path (go to the left up by the restaurants for the better path), but there are donkeys to take you most of the way if... More

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Hundon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you're expecting Disneyland or the Grand Canyon then you're probably on the wrong holiday! The cave itself it quite modest, though has some impressive stalactites and stalagmites and is accessed via a steepish path and then steps. However the sense of history (the birthplace of Zeus), the drive to the location and the views over the Lassithi plateau are... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I visited here in June with my husband whilst on holiday in Crete. We had hired a car so set off after breakfast and wound our way over the plateau and through the mountains passing little villages on the way, enabling us to soak up the more traditional lifestyle of Crete rather than the more tourist coastal areas. It took... More

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Preston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you get the chance to do this then you must. A steep walk up one of two paths leads you to the entrance to this cave. You can if you wish take a donkey ride to the top but the walk is better. A huge cavern awaits with stalagmites and stalactites and the feeling of something mystical. Well worth... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

If you are keen on the Greek Gods and classical ancient history its well worth the yomp up a big hill and down and up many steps...donkeys are available!really impressive cave ,great views over Lassithi but really only suitable for the fully fit.

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