The Cave of Antiparos

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Max1979
Tallinn, Estonia1,494 contributions
The cave worth visiting, which is one of the few caves that is waterless at a depth of 100 m, is not recommended for older people and small children, as it is below 400 steps and it is quite difficult to get up afterwards. inside the cave is beautiful, the only ugly thing is that tourists have written names and other things on the pillars. Otherwise the ticket should be 6 eur, but in May it was only 3 eur and without a guide you can go to the caves yourself, a brochure will be given, where the numbers are on it and you can read what is there at the corresponding number in the cave.
Written June 2, 2022
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47Wave
Cheltenham, UK74 contributions
Having read slightly mixed reviews, we didn’t know quite what to expect. In fact, we were highly impressed. The fact that the cave is vertical rather than horizontal gives it considerable impact and grandeur. You can see from the top right down to the bottom. At the same time, it’s very reassuring that the walkways and steps are modern, well lit and very solid.
A steep road (and then a broad footpath) leads up to the cave entrance giving spectacular views across Antiparos and neighbouring islands.
Written October 1, 2021
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ToujoursLaRoute
Iasi, Romania916 contributions
Easy access by car to the entrance. Once inside (long way down to the bottom of the cave) you should sure that you will be able to climb back! Some training is required, and please do not go on flip- flops. Very nice interior, spectacular chambers...and some interesting stories about pirates and their treasures.
Written June 20, 2022
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DimitriVol
Rio de Janeiro, RJ190 contributions
CLOSED (July 2020) due to Covid, but no information until you arrive at the cave entrance. Every few minutes new would-be visitors arrive, only to be frustrated. It would be so easy for the local mayor to post signs at the port and at the road crossing towards the cave informing about the closure. Countless people would save the ride of 10+10km and an hour of their time. The cave itself is a beautiful place to visit, I know if from earlier visits.
Written July 26, 2020
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wanderlust1810
Indiana15 contributions
Couples
My husband and I ventured over to Antiparos from Paros to see the cave and we're so glad we did. We had rented a car in Paros so we took it over on the ferry. The cave is a bit far from the main port so we wouldn't have been able to walk there, plus you drive up quite high to reach the cave. It was an amazing view from outside the cave and then you head in and it's another amazing view. I'm not sure how many steps, or how far down we went, but it was a really cool experience. They gave us a brochure when we paid our 5 Euros each to enter the cave but we decided to make our way down and look at the brochure later. There were points to stop along the way and look around and just admire where you were, which was really cool. I'm glad we took the time to explore this area - it was a very cool experience!
Written June 13, 2017
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Kye’s Travels
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Last entrance is at 3:30pm. Arrived 3:32pm because helped a stranger and the person working the gate saw me and my friends helping the random stranger. Tells us rudely that they are closed and that last entry was at 3:30. As she is telling me this I see 3 people go down to the caves. My friend points this out to her and she pretty much says it is after 3:30 and we can’t go. She doesn’t care the other people just went down after 3:30. She states she doesn’t care we missed the time by couple of minutes because a stranger ask us for help and she witnessed us helping them carry stuff to the cave.

So lesson learn for this location is don’t help strangers and just go and make the time so that you can make the entrance time!!!

However, it’s is always nice to help a random stranger even if the person who work at the gate is a total jerk.
Written September 30, 2017
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Tonje_G
Oslo, Norway48 contributions
Family
I love geology and the mysteries of time, and this cave met my expectations! Please be aware of the humidity,height and space. If you are afraid of heights, it won’t be an issue as long as you avoid looking down at certain areas (only two-three small passages might trigger something) But 99% of the time, you’ll be alright! It’s not dangerous at all, the concrete is armored and the fencing is as strong as it gets :) For those with claustrophobia; I don’t struggle with this particular phobia, but I can try to give you a short description of what to expect; the cave itself is very “open”, you will never find yourself in a contained space. There are minor “cave arches” while waking down, but they never exceed 1-2 meters, except in the initial entrance, which will take less than a minute to pass) We were only about 25-30 people down there, so it felt spacious (but call them in advance to hear about potential “cramped hours”). We went all the way down (411ft) but it’s not necessary. When you hit the “main bridge” towards a 1800’s graffiti area, you’ve seen the majority of the cave. The lower/bottom, is only a small end/viewing area, towards some boulders from ancient slides. All in all, the stalactites and stalagmites are wonderful. It’s an amazing cave, but bring some water and health ( reasonable health :) we saw people in their 60s, who crushed me in ascending). So I would recommend this for all ages with somewhat healthy lungs. Fear of heights,space or arachnophobia, should not limit your experience. The reason why I mention Aracs/spiders, is due to the webcobs. I am insanely shitscared of spiders, and I noticed some webs in the entrance, but trust me, you won’t see a single spider :)
The only reason I’m not giving a 5/5 is because of the lack of facilitation/availability for people with special needs and the minimal portion of permanently printed (info plates/steel )information. My deepest wish is for all attractions to stop with pamphlets/flyers and spend the money on preservation and more long lasting info plates where possible. But all in all, they have done a marvelous job with securing and maintaining this cave! Thank you soo much for this experience
Written July 15, 2019
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Ⓜ️ MrMoreLight
Montreal, Canada1,547 contributions
Friends
One of our highlights this year, has been the visit of the Cave of Antiparos (Spilaio).

Well marked 400-staircase takes you down 200M to a gigantic prehistoric cave at the foot of Mt Aï-Gianni that is divided in 3 sections. The giant stalagmite in the entrance is the oldest in Europe at 45M years and makes for a spectacular view coming up with the ceiling. It is the only vertical cave in Greece without water and word is Polyphemus, son of Poseidon, used to dwell here and here also met Ulysses during the Odysseus.

Unfortunately in 1673, the French ambassador in Istanbul found the place and after celebrating Christmas mass, managed to pillage the place for 3 days by breaking all the million-year old stalagmites as they had nothing else to do.

Very Instagram friendly, not too many tourists, great midday exploration with the kids as it is fresh down there. Plan about an hour; fun ride from Paros to Antiparos by ferry.
Written March 19, 2018
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rbbraiman
carrickfergus46 contributions
Couples
Bus from Paros to port,ferry crossing,then bus to caves costs 5 euros.Entrance fee 5 euros.Caves are high in hills with fantastic view over island.The cave is deep with numerous steps 400+ and handrails which are safe with a little care.The climb back can be easily done in small stages.The caves themselves show the wonder of nature at work over millions of years and despite the odd piece of vandalism from human incursions over the past few centuries are quite amazing.Toilets at entrance.
Written July 20, 2015
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JLLetschert
164 contributions
Family
We were told to visit this cave,and as we have two young children I was keen to show them the beauty of nature at its best.i was completely unprepared for the sheer size and depth of the cave.
The cave covers an area of approximately 5600 m2 and you drop down more than 100 m on a well lit staircase of approximately 400 steps. There is a railing and I felt very safe with my six and nine year old children descending and ascending the stairs.

I'm not sure what previous reviewers were looking for, because the stalagmites at the entrance to the cave is a few metres high and is estimated to be as old as 45 million years!!!!!

When you enter the cave you can feel a drop in temperature and in many areas of the cave you can visibly see water dripping off the limestone.

Although very little is offered in the way of the historical findings of the cave, it is a magnificent example and is visually appealing.

The caves are well sign posted and are open from 10am - 6 pm.
There are toilets but no shop,so take water and wear flat shoes!
Written July 18, 2015
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