Sfentoni Cave

Sfentoni Cave, Zoniana: Hours, Address, Sfentoni Cave Reviews: 4.5/5

Sfentoni Cave
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Vera C
Udine, Italy14 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We drove from Platanias to this place (approx 2hrs 15mins) and it was worth it. The cave was really impressive and massive! The guide was knowledgeable and quite funny. You can only see the cave with a guide that conducts it only every 45mins. They do so in such interval to protect the cave from temperature change and humidity, but the tour itself only lasts about 15mins. Worth the time and 5€.
Written September 19, 2021
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Alvsjo, Sweden85 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We have been to a number of caves over the years, and this is clearly one of the better ones. It is well presented and all members of the family (from 4 years and upwards) enjoyed it. The location is beautiful, up on a mountain side, and it is recommended that you can enjoy somerging to eat and drin in the café.

Why not give it the highest grade? Maybe we are picky, but to make it an extraordinary experience, we would look for something more. More information about the caves or something interactive around it would make it even better. But even so, we warmly recommend it as a family excursion.
Written July 25, 2021
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London, UK11 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We loved visiting this cave. The fabulous spectacle was perfectly complimented by our guide who explained how these formations were created, was knowledgeable and keen to answer our questions. We also saw a few bats! Highly recommended! 👌

And with a steady temperature between 16-17 degrees, it makes a nice break from the outside heat! 😅
Written August 22, 2021
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Bad Pyrmont, Germany1,385 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We arrived at the cave at 11.30 AM and were told the next guided tour would start at 12.15 PM. We bought our tickets at 5 Euro each and waited. As more people arrived we asked what the group size was going to be and the answer was 20. At 12.10 we decided not to take part because of the crowd. Even though everybody is required to wear a mask there is no way to go into a cave with a group of 20 people and keep the required distance of 2 meters! We doubt, that this would be approved by the authorities. We got our money back but left very disappointed.
Written September 9, 2020
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Innsbruck, Austria21 contributions
Sep 2021
The Sfentoni cave is absolutely worth a visit. We made a round trip, so it was on our way back to Rethymnon. There are only guided tours and i think thats a very good decision. The guide tells a lot about the cave itself, the stalaktites and the stalagmites and also about the animals who are living in there. The cave is in public hand, so the ticket income is for themself and for the conservation of the cave.
Written March 23, 2022
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Iva S
Prague, Czech Republic626 contributions
Sep 2020
16.9.2020 The perfect experience. Great guide, spoke perfect German, explained everything in detail. Beautiful cave. It's not even cold in it. I recommend to all. More
youtube travel video PSIS-visit. Iva + Petr CZ Prague
Written February 13, 2021
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Jerusalem, Israel13 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
To be fair, this is not a review of the cave itself, which we were unable to see. It is a review of the Officials at the site of the Sfentoni Cave - and a word of caution to anyone who is planning to make the long trip to the cave.

My wife and I drove to the Sfentoni cave from the city of Rethymno. We had heard from the tourist information office in Rethymno that the cave is spectacular - and it may be that it is spectacular. It is about an hour and a half drive from Rethymno to reach the cave, which is located in the mountains and, at least once you reach the mountain roads, it requires driving on very narrow and winding roads (we were almost run off the road by a speeding bus coming around a curve in the opposite direction).

Before deciding to go to the cave -- on the way to another destination -- we asked the tourist information office to check whether the cave was open during the winter and the times that we could visit. He called the site and was told that the cave would be open on Saturday until 14:30. Nothing more than this was said about visiting times.

After making the long journey to the cave, we arrived there at 12:40 (the time is important) and saw two people sitting outside the entrance of the cave. As we learned from what transpired when we walked up to them, they were the guide and another tourist site official. We asked them where we should pay to enter the cave and they said that we could only enter the cave in an organized tour with the guide and the next tour was in 50 minutes, at 13:30. We asked if there were people in the cave now and, not surprisingly, since our car was the only car in the tourist parking lot, we were told that no one was in the cave (and from the answer we received it seemed fairly clear that no one had visited the cave any time that day). Since no one was in the cave and we could not wait 50 minutes to begin the 30 minute tour of the cave, we asked whether the guide could take us now -- since he would finish before 13:30 in the unlikely case that someone else arrived. The official said no. We asked why, especially since there was no tour that began whenever it was that they decided that the previous tour should begin. The official shrugged. We said that in that case we would have to go - and the official shrugged again.

What can be learned from our experience. 1) If you go to the Sfentoni Cave, you should try to arrive by half past the hour (and at least an hour before the cave closes), unless of course the cave official decides that the hours for tours on the day that you visit are at a different time -- for example, on the hour. 2) Don't go to the cave if you don't have a lot of time to spend there -- preferably close to an hour and a half. 3) Perhaps it is also possible to learn from this that there are some tourist officials in Greece who think that they are paid a salary to sit and be physically present at their place of work, doing the absolute minimum that they can. I would like to add that in our experience this was an isolated case, as at the archiological sights that we visited in Crete, we did not have similar experiences -- and in general Greek hospitality and willingness to be helpful is much higher than can be found in most other countries.
Written December 9, 2011
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Bagthorpe, UK42 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited the Sfedoni Cave today and very much enjoyed our time here. Our guide was very good and informative throughout. I agree with other reviewers that the tour lasts approx 45 mins depending on questions and photos. It’s pot luck if you turn up when a tour is already ongoing. We arrived just as one had started so had to wait 40 mins for the next which was fine. We enjoyed the views and a drink whilst we waited. Once inside, the lighting was great to show the beautiful features inside.
Only downside was the journey there - it isn’t very well signposted and you have to go through quite a few small towns. On the positive side it means that hoards of tourists is unlikely in one go!! In my opinion, it looked and sounded better than the Melidoni Cave so we gave that one a miss following the reviews of that Cave.
Written September 18, 2018
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Reading, UK7 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We went yesterday on route to Bali beach with 4 and 6 year old. 5 Euro per adult... kids free. Tour was approx 30 mins taking you through the cave and stopping at various points to talk through the caves history, how it was formed and some very interesting facts about Crete itself. Excellent informative and friendly tour guide. Highly recommend as a stop off on route to somewhere... even the kids enjoyed it and not too long for them to get bored.
Written August 1, 2018
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Ian C
Ripley, UK59 contributions
Sep 2019
My last show cave to do in Crete & the reality was better than the expectation. Made welcome by staff who know their stuff and put on the next guided tour. I'm a caver in the UK so was really looking forwards to this.
Inclined good path to a gated entrance with double doors.. Guide knew what he was talking about and once inside the cave is described - geology and history. Access is by raised well constructed platforms, you are not allowed to touch the rocks or take Flash photos as they are trying to conserve the cave, its animals, insects as well as show it to people. Non flash photos are allowed. Tour takes about 20-25 mins inc regular stops and good descriptions by the guide of what you are seeing. Plenty of time for pics and at no point was I hurried on. The lighting in the cave is attractive and shows the cave well, with timing you can get subtle shots as the colors change. The doors are closed behind to conserve the atmosphere so no external temperature effects are felt by the cave.
Chatted with the owner, priority is that the cave and it;s contents are conserved for the future, hence the no flash, sealed doors etc, limited number of trips per day.
Great value at 5 euros, a conserved environment not just a show cave, a very refreshing approach, to quote the owner 'it's not about the money its about the caves survival'
Value 5 out of 5
Facilities 5 out of 5
Friendliness 5 out of 5
Cave decor 5 out of 5
Parking- plenty 5 out of 5
Guide 5 out of 5

Top place and will be back

Written September 24, 2019
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