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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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East Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This was by far the best cave we have visited for stalagmites and stalagtites. It is a long walk up to the cave entrance and in the heat without any shade. You can go by donkey, at a price. It is well worth the effort and the route into the cave was well organised and nice and cool! We were... More

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Piskopiano, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The road to arrive to the cave is very good with a beautiful view to the Lasithi plateau. The cave inside is very deep and his history very interesting. All the stalactites and stalagmites create a art that only the nature during many many years and a lot of patience could be done. I thing it's a good place to... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
42 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Diktaean Cave is one of the main tourist stopping points on the circuit of the Lasithi Plateau, in part because of the formations inside and because in Greek Mythology it was where Rhea, the mother of Zeus, hid him as an infant. As with most myths and legends there are lots of variations on the tale, but in essence... More

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Berkshire, England
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We sat next to some frequent Crete holiday makers on the plane and they said we absolutely must visit Dikteon Cave. I really wish we hadn't listened. The journey there is nice depending on where you're travelling from but we really didn't enjoy the cave itself. The walk up there is hardly a stroll as it's quite steep and the... More

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