Cave of Psychros
Cave of Psychros
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Tigerram
221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
It is a fairly long drive from almost any logical starting point and at the end is a long, uphill walk (around 20 minutes) which can be done by paying for a donkey for around 85% of the way (think may have been 10-15 euro). Most of the way is well paved but the last 15% is more rocky (hence no donkey). You do need to be able to walk up hills and do large numbers of steps. The caves have around 100 metal steps down (and again back up) and is essentially a cave of stalagmites and stalactites. Entry free around 6 euro. It's interesting in that it is deep and full of both types and they have placed some coloured lighting at various points to help give emphasis - however there is little to be discerned of how it may have been used for any ancient purpose.
If you have the time and curiosity to see it (we had it on our list of things to see and we were driving ourselves) then it is good to have seen it and appreciate the centuries it took to form, but if time is short and the trip is a lengthy one then you may want to consider taking time to see something closer to where you are staying.
Written May 12, 2019
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Karyn
Coventry, UK192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Arrived here whilst on a Tour of the area, there is a car park area with tavernas souvenir shops, its a nice place, very pretty gardens to sit in with great views, The climb to the cave entrance is quite a feat, there are two routes, an easier 15/20 minute steep climb not that shaded, or a 10/15 minute vertical climb mostly shaded, im not exactly fit so maybe thats why i found it hard, lots of folk managing it though, there are Donkeys that will take you up for a fee, im not a fan of this animal exploitation they are not well looked after and hit with sticks to move so wouldnt recommend you use them, good pair of shoes, trainers, fitted sandals and a bottle of water you’l make it, children need to walk or be carried as you wont get push chairs up the fastest route as its unlevel rocky paths, it is worth the climb not everday you get to see inside a cave with this Greek mythology, 6 euro entry fee so not a lot, and after the climb its so cool in there, there is a cafe at the entrance so you can get extra drinks if needed, the walk back is a lot easier, enjoy
Written August 26, 2018
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ992 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
I am downgrading this cave primarily because it was a bit of a disappointment for the kids. It makes virtually no play of the myth of Zeus’s birth. My 8-year-old was so much looking forward to visiting it specifically because she is enchanted with Greek mythology, and found nothing to excite her. There are impressive "stala-" formations, but the cave itself is not too big, and takes no more than 15 minutes to enjoy. Given that you have to walk up a kilometer of a steep mountain from the parking lot, the effort/value ratio is not exactly there. Of course, you can take a donkey for about 90% of the way, which costs €10; the ride is popular with children, which is kind of ironic, because under-18 go to the cave itself for free.
Written July 17, 2018
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The cave itself is interesting to go to for those interested in Greek mythology. My wife is so we made a special trip out here by car before flying out in the afternoon. The cave itself isn't too exciting but since we had it all to ourselves we were able to take our time and enjoy it. The exciting part was the hike to the cave and the views we got along the way. The view of the plateau is superb and we got to see some goats with bells climb around the rocky area beside the walking trail.

The cave is located about an hour outside of Heraklion and seeing the Lasithi Plateau Windmills up on the ridge on the way to the cave and back was cool. The drive is very scenic but the roads are narrow and winding at many points so do be careful.

The hike isn't easy and we took a few breaks along the way to catch our breath. The cave stairs are also very steep and slippery so it is a good idea to watch your footing and wear good shoes. The interior of the cave is damp and cool so you may want to bring a jacket if you get cold easily. We had no issues with the temperature because we were warm after the hike up. There are donkeys available in the high season to help get to the top and the locals have signs up to support the donkey's work because without this use for donkeys they could go extinct - interesting.

We visited in low season in March and I believe we might have paid 3 euros per person to enter the cave. The parking area was free and there are some shops, restaurants and some sort of themed experience nearby. We had no issues parking or getting in and out of the area. We did try some freshly pressed orange juice from one of the restaurants to go and it was refreshing. Plan to spend at least 60-90 minutes in the area to complete the hike and see the cave and longer if you want to eat a meal nearby. There is a washroom near the cave entrance but nothing along the trail. It wouldn't be a bad idea to bring some tissues and hand sanitizer if you plan this.

I wouldn't say the cave is a must see in Crete but we made a nice morning out of it and got it to ourselves so we really enjoyed it.
Written March 26, 2024
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John W
Woodley, UK49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
What a total waste of time and money! After a long journey, you suddenly find yourself at the chaotic and small parking area, with several expensive tavernas and a few shops selling tourist tat. The walk up to the cave is a challenge and not for the unfit. Donkeys are available- poor things and heaven knows the cost. The cave itself costs 6 euros for adults and 3 for children. You descend some steep steps, fighting for space with people coming up. The stairs then seperate as you descend further. You wander along for a few minutes looking at a a few unimpressive stalactites and stalagmites and then you are ascending those steep, slippery steps again. So you are lierally in then cave for less than 10 minutes with people pushing and shoving you. I dread to think what it is like in summer, or when a coach party has arrived. It really is a total waste of money! So much for the birthplace of Zeus!
Written April 7, 2023
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meadow1357
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
You'll have to take a short hike up a stone-paved path. You'll have some great views of the Lasithi Plateau along the way. The cave itself is really cool, but you won't spend long inside. Be sure to come here if you are a lover of Greek mythology.
Written June 12, 2023
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Guide577442
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
The cave of Zeus is very beautiful!! You must walk for 10-15 minutes but the cave and the view of Plateau is AMAZING!!!!!
Written September 10, 2018
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iaink2001
Southend-on-Sea, UK510 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I booked this as part of a package where you get to see a few different places throughout the day. To be honest I expected a little more from the 'Cave of Zeus', as a few others have said you go down many concrete steps in single file, 5-10 mins you're back outside again. There's quite a walk uphill to the cave of about 1km, so it's not for eveyone, great views from the top of the valley & Lasithi Plains. But once inside you get away from the heat, it's nice and cool and you go down afew hundred steps, here you'll see the cave formations, staligtites and coloured lights for effect. You turn a corner at the bottom and climb back out. It's ok and worth a quick visit for around €6 entry.
Written July 9, 2018
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Elina
Finland1,153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Reaching the cave requires both climbing and descending, so I would recommend to wear comfortable shoes. Yet, the cave is worth the effort!
Written June 7, 2018
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David G
76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
On the way up a green snake slid across my path - an omen surely of almighty Zeus recognises a loyal hierophant returning home at last.

It cost €6 (April 2017) to enter. We had the cave to ourselves as we went up at 4pm. The cave closes at 5pm although the women running the ticket area started to shut it up at 4.30 so be warned.

Some frail reviewers who no doubt would like to live in a padded sanatorium with trigger warnings around and rainbows in the air and magic unicorns saying "yay" say stuff in other reviews like, "you can't go in flip flops". Well, you can. It's just wet but of course you can go in flip flops.

Finally, the myth. Obviously anyone worth their salt knows the myth of Zeus' birth but what I did not know was the alternative version in which Zeus was not raised by Amalthea but a sow (I don't know her name - but let us call her Pepper). Early Cretans therefore didn't eat pork. Whereas Semitic tribes rail against the pig as a dirty animal here were the Greeks saying - the pig is so worthy an animal it raised the king of Olympus himself.

Still, I'm glad Christianity came and outruled nonsense because I had some fine pork chops at the bottom of the path ...sprinkled with much Pepper.
Written April 7, 2017
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