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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Luxemburg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Luxemburg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Thank Berry K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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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Timisoara, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They say it is the birthplace of Zeus. So it must be something impressive. It is not. The most beautiful thing about this trip was the old road between Agios Nikolaos and Psychro. This is a must. You go around the entire Lasithi Plateau. The cave itself is small and with many, many steps. The is no evidence, inscription or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

the cave is just that- a cave :) Don't expect anything like they have in spain or check etc where you can take a long boat trip or sth. It's just a cave BUT the trip there is worth it. You see many small (real!) villages and what views... There are many nice tavernas on the route as well. If... More 

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Thank Mailiis P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was full of information it's very interesting for only for €4 it's was worth the money the history was very interesting

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being interested in Greek mythology we had to visit the birth place of Zeus and of course to see for our selves what a Cretan cave is like after reading about the part they have played in Cretes history. The drive there is amazing with breathtaking views of the mountains and plateau. We found parking and we're happy to pay... More 

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Szeged, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are pros and cons regarding this cave. Firstly, it's a cave. Not a big and long one, but at least deep. The traces of human activity can be clearly seen, remnants of fireplaces, carbon deposits on the ceiling, and broken dripstones. On the other hand nothing within the cave shows its historical role or value. Dripstones are covered with... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was part of the jeep tour i was on, firstly don't use the donkeys to get up - they are overworked and dehydrated. The climb up is steep and hard work,and when you get there you have to pay a fair bit (over €20) and it's really just a dark cave with a river you climb down too. Not... More 

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