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Address: Psychro Cave | Eparchiaki Odos Mesa Lasithiou - Kasteli, Crete 720 52, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making it...

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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Nice stalactites

You have a little road to do but the stalactites are really nice!!! You have for 20min walking Be careful there is no access for while chair. Kids can do the walk by donkey... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Camilo Z
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You have a little road to do but the stalactites are really nice!!! You have for 20min walking Be careful there is no access for while chair. Kids can do the walk by donkey for 10 €

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed in malia, I hired a decent quad for the week, so I decided to venture up into the mountains to see the birth place of Zeus! Lovely scenic drive meandering through the mountains, once you arrive, you park at a little strip, with gift shops etc, 2 euros parking fee, the cave itself is about 100yrds up from... More 

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Thank Ian_New2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The cave in general is difficult to get to. It took us 1.5 hours to get there from Elounda, it took us the same amount of time to get all the way to Knossos from Elounda! Because it's so high up with so many switchbacks the drive is slow and I got quite motion sick! Once you get there you... More 

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Thank Chandra S
Wiveliscombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the drive to the cave from the northwest of the island, stopping at various points along the way including the Homo Sapiens Museum. It is a steep walk up to the cave in the heat, but it was worth the effort. Donkey rides are available for the brave/anyone not up to the walk. We were told Euro15... More 

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Thank Ruth L
Wisbech, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beautiful walk to this cave is not too steep, only in places. You are met at the entrance by the caveman who will provide you with a torch , at a small cost, and will tell you the history behind this cave. To see a church built inside this cave is quite a sight. Well worth a visit.

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Thank _rainyblonde
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was fine, except we almost couldn't get in because even tho everyone in the area offers free wifi, they don't take credit cards! Cave itself is a nifty little cave, but requires some imagination on the visitor's part.

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Thank lbenecke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

What an incredible experience! Donkey rides going up and coming down, and an imagination inspiring cave.. what appealed to us most is the friendliness of the local people.. Thank you for making us feel so welcome

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Crete, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is a small deep cave, the best of the three thousand there are in Crete. I have seen better ones all over Europe and in the Peloponese. It is interesting however from the mythological point of view and only if you read about it, before you go, since there is no information given en place, apart from a small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

The ancient myth about Zeus' place of birth is still vivid and popular. If you are patient and enjoy driving on the mountains, then this excursion will meet your tastes. The walk in the cave is very short...shorter than your expectations! Unfortunately, the donkeys' owners spoil the whole scenery with the owful smell of the donkeys dungs! Please... The local... More 

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Thank Joulia M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Today I visited this cave and there was no mention of Zeus or any of the artifacts that are proof of him being there. I would have preferred if if there was more educational things and descriptions of the theory. There was nothing. The walk up to the top was never ending (we chose the steep rocky steps) and I... More 

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