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“Limited number of tourist sites, this was OK but not spectacular” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cave Of Zeus

Cave Of Zeus
Hersonissos, Crete 72050, Greece
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Ranked #13 of 38 things to do in Hersonissos
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Harpenden, England, United Kingdom
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“Limited number of tourist sites, this was OK but not spectacular”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth the climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

Depending on where you are in Crete this can be quite a drive but a really beautiful one. We were staying in Heraklion Crete and it took about an hour to get there. You drive through cool little villages and see some amazing scenery.

It is not a bad hike up to the cave if you are moderately physically activate. You can take the donkeys up but I don't think it is worth the money. The caves are breath taking! Bring a coin to make a wish at the bottom of the cave.

At the bottom of where you go up to the caves there is a cute little town to have lunch and look at some amazing local potterers.

Visited October 2013
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“Lovely scenery, and impressive cave”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

It was a trek up from the car park, it had already taken us over an hour on mopeds to get there! You can go up on a donkey, but there is no way I would let one of those poor animals carry me or anyone up that hill, at some points it was quite scary and you could easily lose your footing.. Until you see crazy people walking up with buggies and really young children?!
Once you get in there its beautifully lit up and we got some fab photos! Worth a nosey. It would have been nice to have a tour guide to explain how stalacmites/tites are formed as I had forgotten. There was a board before you go in explaining the 'story' behind the cave that was interesting.
There is nowhere to visit a toilet - the places in the car park want a purchase before allowing you to visit their facilities!

Visited September 2013
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“Long way up”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

only for the fit and healthy,as its a long hike up the hill,and the cave was a bit dissapointing,but if you have not seen staligmites or staligtites then it was ok..You can go up by donkey, but being an animal lover thought better of it,4 euros entry fee wasnt bad for the 40 minute workout,

Visited September 2013
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“Scenery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

A day on Lasithi Plateau was a splendid experience. The cave was the high point. This 70-plus-year-old found the pull up to the cave from the coach park a real challenge, so he didn't get right down the steps into the cave; but it was well worht it.

Visited September 2013
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