There are not a lot of tourist sites to visit in Crete. So this was was bustling busy with overflowing car park, lots of coaches, and many tourist souvenir shops. (even low season October).
It is a long drive from anyway, with some spectacular scenery to enjoy on the way, navigating the hair pin bends for km after km, and you keep thinking "are we nearly there yet?".
From the car park (2 Eur), it is quite a trek up the hill as others have said. Then grumpy woman wants 4 Eur each for entry and gets snotty if you try and pay with a 10 Eur note.
Lots of steps down into the cave and quite frankly very disappointing plus not recommended for unfit and less nimble.
(Does not compare well with other cave sites we have visited such as near Inca, Majorca, and some near Ronda, Andalucia Spain which were both very much more impressive, better managed and the Ronda one had pre-historic cave paintings too. Whoever runs this place should go to Inca to see how to do it better.)
So overall disappointing and poor.
Once down at the car park decided to make a quick escape away from the crowds and coaches thrumming away to get their A/c working, pumping out fumes and making a stink.
Just a few minutes away found a little village taverna where we sat on the terrace and enjoyed a Greek Salad with mineral water followed by good coffee for less than 15Eur for two. Very tasty tomatoes, onion and salad greens which we assumed were local Lasithi produce.
Worth a detour? - not really. But there isn't much on offer elsewhere.
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