Corycian Cave

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sarah k
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Friends
Really great cave (mildly creepy) and beautiful walk to it from the road (mild uphill). The hike to delphi though is LONG - 15km with a lot of brambles that are hard to walk through as paths are often tiny, no water available anywhere (luckily we found a broken hose 4km after we'd run out). The views are beautiful but I HIGHLY recommend only doing this hike if you are a decent hiker with good shoes, because the path isn't a path but a lot of rock and gravel (slippy), its also fairly step and LONG. Also there's barely any shade so you will get a lot of sun. I would recommend walking up a bit from town for the views and then coming back down and taxiing to the cave and back to the cave and doing the shorter hill walk.
Written June 1, 2022
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kaloussa
Arachova, Greece278 contributions
Couples
This cave is on the marked E4 European long distance trail and is about a 4 hours walk from Dhelfi, Delphi or Delfi, now known as Apóllonos. It can also be reached by car as a tarmac road goes near the entrance. The best approach on foot is by track and foot path from the chapel of Ayía Triádha: a map showing local landmarks (labelled in Greek), superimposed on a topographical map, is posted just behind the church.
The cave was excavated by some French archaeologists in 1969. Their 30 day investigation produced a tremendous number and range of objects from all periods of antiquity: a rare Neolithic male figurine, Mycenean shards, bone flutes, iron and bronze rings, miniture bronze statutes, 50,000 terra cotta figurines from the classical period and 24,000 astragoloi, or "knucklebones" (used for astragolomancy, or "prophecy by knucklebones").
In the 5th Century, the local people took refuge in the cave from the Persians (Herodotus, 8.36) in more recent times from the Germans in 1943, and during the Greek War of Independence. Famous visitors include King Otto and Queen Amalfia who made a royal tour with 100 torchbearers!
Pan's Cave is steeped in legends. In ancient times is was a place of worship to the god Pan. The name Corycian is from the nymph corycia. In poetry the Muses are sometimes called Corycides or the Corycian Nymphs. It is said that during the winter months the governing gods at Delphi celebrated Orgiastic rite at the cave with the local women acting as nymphs.
The cavern itself is enormous, about 60 m long, 26 m wide and 12 m high, so a powerful torch is necessary to explore this gloomy and forbidding place. Just inside the entrance they are some ancient inscriptions and further in there is a rock with a circular hollow. Is this the sacrificial altar of the gods? Large stalagmites at the end of this chamber, separate it from the second chamber. Hidden by large stalagmites is a way through into a third smaller chamber and the end of the cave.
It is described as another highly evocative spot for lovers of classical ghosts and it is from here that Menader got the idea as a setting for one of his plays.
Written September 15, 2015
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vip999
Klaipeda, Lithuania84 contributions
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We have visited Corycian cave in May 2014. We have travelled more than 2000 km from Lithuania with the purpose to visit this cave. We stayed in Delphi and drove to the cave from there. Locals call it Korikio andro, but not everyone knows about it and can tell you, how to get there. Cave is approximately 26 km away from Delphi.

Luckily, we have found a guide, professional historian, who drove us to the cave and spent few hours with us telling myths and stories about the cave. In addition, he showed us all interesting stones inside the cave and led us to the second “room” of the cave. It was an interesting experience to visit Corycian – unbelievably, but you really can feel some strange and strong feelings inside of it. We spent some time in the silence there and it is different as in the cities: there you can really feel what absolute silence is.

Moreover, May is the time to visit the cave – the nature around it is amazing, it is not too hot or cold, many flowers are blooming and there are less tourists in Delphi, so you can easily find hotels, places to eat, etc.

We are happy about the trip and want to come back to Delphi and cave next year. There is a possibility to go from Delphi to Corycian by foot; it is approx. 9 km distance and you can walk it in 3,5 hours, so we want to try this route as well.

More photos here:

panoramio.com/user/4052335/tags/Corycian%20cave%20-%20Korikio%20andro
Written July 1, 2014
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Harald
Den Bosch, The Netherlands244 contributions
Wanting to see something different we visited this cave. Especially singing in the cave is special. It was kind of difficult to find out how to get to the cave, but in the end it was quite simple: just follow the follow the signs to Korikion Antron from Arachova. I've added some pictures to show the directions. If you want to drive all the way up it best to do so using a 4x4, but you can also walk. I also found this link to a walking tour to the cave:
http://www.delphiwalkingtours.com/routes/korikion-antron---delphi
Written September 14, 2014
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Emil_J_Padar
Virginia109 contributions
Solo
I wish I'd known some of the information shared in the reviews here before I started my own trek to the cave. :)

It's not a difficult walk and the cave itself is just one big "room" so you can't get lost in it. But I'm one of those people who travel solo and don't have a lot of common sense, and I decided on a whim to hike back to Delphi instead of calling a taxi. Thus, I managed to hit about every snag possible!

If you intend to hike the entire way there or back to Delphi, do a little research so you don't wind up taking the wrong route back or misjudging the time. The mountain overlook above Delphi is beautiful at sunset... until you realize you still have to get down the mountain before dark. And what may look like alternative hiking trails down the mountain can quickly turn into goat paths that disappear into the brambles. :)

That said - it was 100% worth it. Sitting on a rocky perch near the cave, listening to the goat bells from across in the valleys (which have been a part of the experience for over 2,000 years) was one of the most peaceful and perfect moments of my life. I really hope you get and take the opportunity to go there yourself.
Written August 8, 2015
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Foxfire_Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska8 contributions
Couples
We did this day hike from Delphi & we'd recommend it for strong hikers who have hiking boots or shoes (we don't recommend that you try this hike in sandals). Get directions from a local on how to find the start of the trail, it's a bit tricky to find. The path goes on an old monopati or donkey trail that zig zags up the side of the mountain with outstanding views of the Delphi ruins to reward you as you climb. Once you are at the top of the mountain, you find your way for a few kilometers on the trail to a farm and then a mountain road; if you follow the gravel/dirt road until a roadside church and a burned-down ranger's cabin, you will then find signs to the trail to the cave. As others have pointed out, there are lots of rocks and prickly weeds, and a good hiking stick will help with uphill parts. The cave is cool and spacious; don't forget your headlamp for exploring it. We had the place entirely to ourselves; it seems to be too far from Delphi to attract most of the tourists, but experienced hikers will get an authentic taste of Greek hiking. Be sure to have water with you, although you can get a refill of your water bottles near the church.
Written October 7, 2017
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CHRYSANTHOS A
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The most impressive cave of Parnassos unfolds its secrets.
Pan’s Cave or Corycian Cave, at an altitude of 1.360 m. at the south west part of Parnassos, within a beautiful forest with firs and a great view, was dedicated to the God Pana and the Corycian Nymphs. It has a global reputation, not only for its natural beauty but also for the magic created by the ancient myth, where according to Aeschylus the cave was a place that was visited by divine spirits.
Pierre Amandry explored the cave in 1970, brought into the cold light findings from the Neolithic era and evidences that prove that the area was a place of worship of the ancient gods.
After a wonderful route, we admired the natural sculptures that have been created by the stalactites and the stalagmites.
Written July 7, 2017
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Robin S
Crofton, MD31 contributions
Family
We went to the cave and found it extremely interesting, especially that people still use it today. The accoustics were cool and we could imagine how music would sound in it. A very serene and calming atmosphere. We then hiked down to Delphi, which offered breathtaking views over the valley, the olive groves, and the distant sea. It seemed that each time we turned a corner, the view was better than the last. The hike was relatively easy, and we glimpsed shepherds with their herds of sheep and goats. Recommend sturdy close-toed shoes. I did it in hiking sandals, but there are loose rocks and prickly weeds that made it less comfortable in open shoes. We also had a great guide, Nikos of Athens Insiders, who gave us much of the history of both the cave, and the flora/fauna on the hike.
Written June 22, 2017
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Siddhartha
Athens, Greece32 contributions
Couples
It's a beautiful place for spiritual seekers, you should go here and meditate for sure. Try to be respectful to the place as it's a very holy site and if you do so blessings will come your way in more ways than one.
Written March 25, 2017
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Amanda M
Corpus Christi, TX124 contributions
Family
This cave is not the easiest to find. Ask your hotelier for directions. Or ask any local you meet.

The road up the mountain is narrow, rocky, and steep. It was definitely intimidating. We had an automatic Nissan Micra for the trip and it made it up without any problems, but be advised that if you aren't used to drives like this you might want to hike up instead. Once you get to the end of the road (which in case you're wondering, has plenty of space to turn around for the drive back down), it's a tiny little hike to the entrance of the cave. At first glance, the cave looks small. But once you enter its true size becomes apparent. The cave is huge! You'll want to pack a flash light and maybe a sweater because it's also quite chilly. The cave is a wonder to behold. The history of the cave is sacred and magical - read up on it before you go to have a better appreciation of its isolation.

Remember that the cave is a wild cave - there are no restrooms and there probably won't be any other people there when you go!
Written September 2, 2016
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