Cave Of Zeus
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Stretts
Atherstone, UK288 contributions
We were staying in Malia and had hired a car, the Tourist Information Centre guide had recommended the Cave of Zeus and the Lasithi Plateu so off we went. The scenery is stunning and we stopped to take many photos at vantage spots which usually included a cafe. The plateau is amazing...you think your are at sea level.
The car park to the Cave of Zeus was heaving and we had second doubts of going to the cave. There are two paths up to the cave, one is well paved but longer, the other is shorter, unpaved but provides more shelter. Not sure if true, but there is a suggestion that non EC visitors get charged double so brush off your french when you ask for your tickets. There are lots of steep steps down to the cave and obviously back up again so it is a slow experience forcing you to take in your surroundings and marvel at the cave.
Written July 2, 2022
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Ari
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg21 contributions
Couples
We went to Lassithi plateau for walking around and visiting some places.
We arrived early morning (suggested time to not find many tourists).
You need to walk up for 15/20mins to get there.
Tickets are a bit expensive, about 6€/person, for the small visit (about 15mins).
The view from the top was amazing!
Written July 20, 2022
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Anna P
Gdansk, Poland36 contributions
Friends
The cave is impressive, but not too big. After parking the car you have to do a 15-minute walk uphill. During high season expect a lot of people, there are queues to get in. Entrance fee is 6€, toilet is extra paid 0.50€
Very nice views along the way
Written August 21, 2022
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j b
London, UK6 contributions
Couples
The journey up to the cave isn’t so bad, although it is very tedious. I would definitely recommend trainers as sandals might prove difficult to climb up a steep hill in, the drive to the cave was absolutely beautiful and the views are certainly breathtaking!

The reason for my rating is purely on the fact they have donkeys and horses to climb lazy folk up and down as they see it as a novelty. I have a joint condition and I certainly would not use a donkey or horse to carry me up the hills if I couldn’t carry myself, I think if it’s a issue for you, don’t bother going.

to see extremely overweight people using these poor donkeys and horses to carry them up is pure animal abuse and to top it off they get on with there children/partner too, so that’s 3 bodies on one malnourished horse/donkey.

There’s no excuse for laziness, if they wouldn’t carry there own children up this steep hill in blaring sun, I don’t understand why it’s acceptable for the animals to do it?

For the cave itself, it is very beautiful but ends in about 10 mins, no information posts or anything, I’m really not one to moan but to see these poor horses/donkeys track up and down 100 times a day just doesn’t sit right with me, if you cannot bare your own weight on your legs, don’t expect a donkey to.
Written September 9, 2022
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sally B
Redditch, UK126 contributions
Family
Nice cave, about 1km up a steep rocky hill. We are all fit and wore trainers so no problem but not for disabled or physically unfit. Also saw a man dragging a buggy up the hill looking like he was about to keel over…
When you get to the cave, it’s a path around the cave which takes 10 mins to walk around.
We drove 1.5hrs to get there… I’m not sure I would ah e bothered if I knew it was so small. But if it was closer wouldn’t have minded so much.

Also we are English so we had to pay more. All attractions kids are free for EU, but now kids are half adults price for non-uk.
Written August 30, 2022
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Bexter1234
14 contributions
Family
Definitely worth a visit if Greek mythology interests you. The cave is very mysterious and fascinating. There is a steep walk up but you are greeted at the top by a lovely stall selling cold drinks at reasonable prices, even freshly squeezed orange juice. The only negative is seeing the poor donkeys lugging grown adults up and down the hill, looking very hot and tired. I know it is the livelihood of the local people and that also some people may not be able to do the walk themselves, but it was still unpleasant to see the animals in discomfort.
Written August 6, 2022
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AlizaIsrael_11
Rehovot, Israel54 contributions
I was not expecting such a hike. I am almost 60, and the paved pathway gives way to a rocky climb. When you finally get there, another 200 steps down into the cave- that you have to climb up. The donkeys at the bottom should have alerted me that there was going to be a big climb. The cave itself is very modest- I have been to much nicer stalagmite caves in many other places. It also is not maintained well and many of the structures are damaged.
Written June 18, 2021
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Martin
6 contributions
Solo
Found the information a bit misleading, saying you need an hour for the cave. Turns out you are only in the actual cave for around 5mins. All the time was taken doing a steep walk to the entrance and back down again, which is around 1km each way.

If you need to take a donkey ride to get to the top, then be prepared for a steep climb into and out of the cave and in places they were very slippery.

I wouldn't recommend making a special trip to see the place, if passing then it might be worth it if you've never been in a cave before.
Written September 23, 2022
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Martin M
London, UK1 contribution
We read lots of reviews on this and to be honest were getting put off by all the moans! We went for it anyway. We took the route out of Heraklion, driving through the hills. This had to be the best drive I've ever done. It took around 80 minutes and didn't get out of second gear much, but what a journey - we stopped a few times just to take in the amazing views - the scenery was breathtaking. We came to the end of the road and carried on up the gravel track right up to the tiny visitor centre where a very nice lady said just park where we were which was 20m from the entrance of the cave!
there was no one there but us, we were expecting coach loads!
Written September 3, 2022
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Vanessa C
Halstead, UK10 contributions
Family
Great experience, the walk wasn’t as difficult as I had expected, the cave was enjoyable and lovely and cool in the heat. We went around 4pm, easy to park, and we were made to feel very welcome at the local cafes. The view is spectacular. Well worth a visit.
Written May 31, 2022
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