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Address: Kastania 23053, Greece
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+30 2734 360115
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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One of the most impressive caves of Greece can be found near the village of...

One of the most impressive caves of Greece can be found near the village of Kastania on the southern tip of the Peloponnese, just minutes away from Neapoli. The route follows the winding mountain road leading to the forest-covered eastern slopes of Mt. Parnon.

Rich in density and variety of shapes, colors and figures, Kastania Cave is classified as second of its kind in Europe. Nature needed three million years to create this fantasyscape with its unparalleled decor and numerous impressive formations such as enormous red and white "waterfalls", the gigantic columns, the "curtains" and the "sheets" that overflow like waxwork from the roof, "octopuses" and "corals" nest, "elephants" and "mushrooms", "birds" and caricatures, "exotic plants" and monumental creatures...

Standing out among the numerous attractions of the cave are geological rarities such as discs, flat stalagmites, eccentrites and elictites. With a little luck, visitors may meet the cave's noble resident insect, the deaf and blind dolichopoda.

The cave's surface covers 1,500 square meters separated into two levels and the visitor is guided along a 500-meter route. The cave was formed from limestones of Jurassic age (195-145 million years old) as a result of geological turmoil and chemical reaction. The stone decor owes its seven-color palette to crystalline carbonate lime enriched with several metal oxides.

A cafe operates right outside the cave and nearby is the old church of St. Andrew, scarred by pirates and conquerors

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Fairytale underground world in the middle of nowhere

This three-million-year-old cave is an amazing example of what nature can do with no human interference and is definitely worth a visit! Located in the middle of Laconia... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Rome, Italy
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This three-million-year-old cave is an amazing example of what nature can do with no human interference and is definitely worth a visit! Located in the middle of Laconia, approximately an hour drive from Monemvasia and half an hour from Neapolis, the site is really well maintained and can be visited with guided tours both in Greek and in English for... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love caves, have visited many, but this one was definitely one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and it's apparently one of the most beautiful caves in the whole Europe! Definitely worth visiting, even with children. The guide-lady was excellent, fluent in both Greek and English and was patiently explaining everything even a few times. At the... More 

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Thank Hana K
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Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Great Cave, bit of a surprise but a positive one. It is breath taking. The guide is very well informed, it is educational and beautiful.

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Thank Hanna R
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016

We visited the cave twice in the last 6 years and it stuns us every time. BEAUTIFUL beyond description! One must go to understand what I am talking about. The guide we had this time was very passionate and knowledgeable. No photo can be taken even without the flash, which is a pity because with no flaws there is no... More 

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Thank FranandNick
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

A very impressive cave and an excellent choice for a family activity since the site is safe and very beautiful! The guide is doing a nice tour and you will hear and see everything you need to see!

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2 Thank Dimitris P
Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 20, 2016

No pictures/video allowed but definitely worth visiting!It's really unique.The road to the cave is not perfect but it's not something you see everyday and it's actually a rare type of cave, so I would recommend visiting (plus it's not really expensive)

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Trento, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

The visit was a beautiful experience. The staff was well-prepared and answer all our questions in a very good English. The site is gorgeous. Thank you!

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Thank soufflard
Bishops Stortford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2016

After 3 hours travelling to to this presumably wonderful site - i noticed a small sign in the ticket office window - no photography allowed. I can fully understand the ban on the use of flash for whatever reasons - but sadly i was told no pics to be taken whatsoever. We also noticed that not even posters or pictures... More 

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ted d, Διευθυντής at Kastania Cave, responded to this review

Dear visitor, thank you for your response about the experience you had in Kastania Cave. We are very sorry about the photo policy in the cave. Take under your consideration that there are two main reasons for this. First we have to protect the integrity of the cave from the cameras and the accidentally use of flash, as we had... More 

Piraeus, Greece
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4 reviews
Reviewed July 30, 2016

Kastania Cave is worth visiting, is a unique place with strange and wonderful shapes and colors, such as "eggs" and "chocolate"!!! Great experience and memories...just unforgettable! Don't miss it!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

This an amazing cave with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Maybe the most reach cave in density of stalagmites with different colors and shapes. Antonis was also an excellent guide.

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