Kastania Cave
Kastania Cave
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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dkvnt
Bydgoszcz, Poland21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I was there with my fiancee and I must say it was an extraordinary experience.
The cave itself is really amazing, all these formations looks really impressive with their massive density.
As much as the cave, the guide is wonderful. He speaks well in English and told as a lot about the cave history, the formations there, etc.
We were very impressed about the cave and the guide.
Written September 28, 2020
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Maira K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
So good!! Magical experience. Will blow your mind away. Amazing helpful staff! Our tour guide was Fabulous Fotini. We were we even lucky to see the ‘vacuum of the cave’ which is the resident bug of the cave. Mini cafe serves amazing coffee 🤍
Written April 29, 2022
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kjzrsz
San Diego, California146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We love caves, but sdo often they are hazardous. These caves have wonderful titanium walking bars and level walking platforms. Our guide Maria, was so informative. We recommend a visit to these caves.
Written June 20, 2018
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SydsDad09
Bishops Stortford20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
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 were available for sale either. Surprisingly trip advisor reccomend this site...Please be aware folks....
Written August 2, 2016
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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 minor sings of alterations, and second we need to follow the visiting schedule without loss of time and obstructions in the procedure as the climate of the cave doesn't allow too much time in it. Furthermore, we would like to apologize for not having something for sale by the time of your visit. This was because of the cave rebranding and the delay of the supplier. Last, we feel frustrated because your review does not include and was not based on the experience acquired by staff, the uniqueness of the cave, its price, the gorgeous route and the consistency of our services, as our guests keep saying. This is evidenced by the fact that from 57 until today reviews, 50 of them are five-star, 6 are four-star and only one lower, yours. In order to please what let you down, please send us your normal mailing address to info at kastaniacave.gr and you will be sent something in order to remember your visit. Thank you for your visit, we will be happy to see you again in the future. Theodoros Drivas
Written August 14, 2016
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452Christina_M
Athens, Greece20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
We just returned from a trip to Neapoli (Lakonia) and the most impressive thing we did is visiting this cave who is not well known or advertised as it deserves to be!This cave is big (almost 1500m of which 500m can be visited) and full of shapes and colors. The tour guide is doing a marvelous guide and she explains everything beyond the official tour. Don't miss it!
Written May 29, 2018
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Daniela_1183
Rome, Italy35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
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 7 euros (30-40 minutes tour). The place is an absolute surprise: it's literally full of stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes and colors, it's easily accessible and temperature is very pleasant. Aspasia, our guide, was very nice, competent and passionate: a real pleasure! If you happen to be in the area, make sure you plan a visit!

Written April 9, 2017
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Lilette Dib Farah
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
Beautiful cave but not as big as I had hoped. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke both Greek and English, though there was only 2 of us who didn't understand the local language.
Written September 14, 2015
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EvaDGreece
Athens, Greece65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
Absolutely worth a visit if in the area. Not as claustrophobic as other caves, not as long as Dyros, but impressive nonetheless, this combines a lot of geological awesomeness packed in an easily walk-able (even with small children) cave. I picked this one as the first ever visit to a cave for my youngsters (aged 8 and 6) who were (as much as we) absolutely thrilled. Easy to walk around, adequately illuminated and very helpful guides make this an interesting visit.
Caution: (1) make sure you learn the exact open-tour hour hours as there is nothing else in the vicinity but their open-air cafe and you may be left waiting for about an hour between tours. (2) no wheelchair access.
Written March 25, 2014
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Ann0259
Sydney, Australia103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Whilst not a large cave system it was a very impressive cave. The guide, who spoke excellent English, was very informative about how it was discovered and the history of the cave. There were lots of features that I have not seen in other cave systems. It is well worth the visit. Unfortunately you cannot take photos in the caves but was informed that they can be downloaded from their website. There is a cafe onsite if you want a refreshing drink.
Written July 2, 2019
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Ramona_P-B
Bulle, Switzerland66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We went there a few days ago and as it is low season now, we had a private tour of the caves. The place is really magical and it’s worth the long drive to the south of the Peloponnese. I have seen several caves, but I have never seen such a dense accumulation of stalagmites, stalactites, curtains and columns. They even have tiny horizontal spikes (electites, if I remember correctly). The guide was very friendly, told us a lot of interesting stuff about the caves and led us up and down through the cave. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take photos in there...
Written March 7, 2019
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