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Exploring caves in Greece is a unique adventure that offers explorers the opportunity to acquire and to enrich their knowledge with the essentials of geology, paleontology, anthropology, hydrology, topography, physics, biology and archeology. Greek caves are among the most beautiful in the world. Visitors are enthralled with the splendors of the geological formations, the subterranean waters, the colors that are out of this world and the sounds of the earth.

Many Greek caves have been explored and quite a few of these have been exploited and are now open to the public. There are still many caves that have not been fully explored, nor exploited. Tours of these caves are carried out but only under certain conditions, and of course with the necessary license.



In addition, the aspiring explorer of a non-exploited cave must realize that sightseeing in a cave is not an endeavor for just anyone, as special knowledge and nimbleness are required, as well as being in good physical condition. Special tools, clothing, gloves and light sources are needed, while at least three people must be in the group that enters the cave. Aspiring explorers must also be aware that caves constitute unique treasures of the land, as well as man’s civilization in quite a few instances. Therefore all visitors must respect the environment and not leave behind any litter or other traces of their presence.

Greek legislation does not permit private individuals to explore caves, unless they are members of a speleological society and have received permission from the Ephorate of Paleontology and Speleology of the Ministry of Culture.

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AETOLOAKARNANIA
Cyclopes Cave

CYCLOPES CAVE, 1 km...

ATTICA
Cave of Euripides

The Cave of Euripides is situated in an area called Peristeria (13 km southern from town Salamina). The Greek Professor of Archaeology, Yannos Lolos, has been exploring this cave since 1994. The cave...

CHANIA
Arkoudiotissa Cave

ARKOUDIOTISSA OR ARKOUDIA CAVE is set in the same area with the Monastery. The exploration of the cave by archaeologist K. Davaras revealed that in antiquity the cult of the goddess Artemis was...
Zoures and Charakas Caves

ZOURES CAVES and CHARAKAS CAVE are situated adjacent to the village Azogyres. They were home to 99 holy fathers who came from Egypt, Cyprus and Attalia via the island Gavdos in 1300, in order to lead...

CYCLADES
Black Cave

In the North side of the island, in Chora or Kastro lies MAVRI SPILIA (black cave) which is one of the largest caves of the...

DODECANESE
Apokalipsi Cave

One of the most famous caves worldwide is APOKALIPSI CAVE (tel: 31234) and is located midway between Chora and Skala. Tradition holds that in this cave St John who was exiled to the island of Patmos...
Charkadio Cave

Charkadio cave is the most important place around the world in terms of abundance of palaeontological material of dwarf elephants that lived in Europe. The excavations, by the Department of...
Ellinokamara Cave

ELLINOKAMARA CAVE. The cave provided shelter to the locals during times of regular pirate raids. Its entrance, measuring 30 m width and 10 m height, has been closed since antiquity with a wall built...

DRAMA
Aggitis cave

When in the region of Drama, it is worth visiting the Aggitis cave (also called Maaras Cave), located NE of the capital, close to Prosotsani, on the south foot of Falakro mountain where the freezing...

HALKIDIKI
Petralona Cave

The existence of an abundance of caves in a country, where 65% of the terrain is limestone, is perfectly normal. Besides, Greece is the second country after China with the largest number of caves in...

HERAKLION
Caves in Heraclion Prefecture

The Caves in Matala. They were apparently used as housing by prehistoric people. Many of them contained rock-hewn tombs dating to the Greec-Roman times and the Early Christian period. They became...
Elithyia Cave

ELITHYIA CAVE (1 km S of Amnissos). It was also mentioned by Homer. One of the most important places of worship dedicated to Elithyia, goddess of childbirth. It was discovered in the late 19th...

IMATHIA
Imathia Caves

Imathia area has some remarkable caves. Some of those are: The mountainous CAVES in Kato Vermio located in “Siabali” and Prionia” areas. “SARANTA OUTADES” CAVE located in Naousa and full of...

IOANNINA
Perama Cave

PERAMA CAVE is located 4km outside the city on your way to Metsovo. It is the first cave in Greece to undergo touristic development. The cave extends over 14.000 sq. m. Here scientists found teeth of...
Pramanton Cave

THE HOMONYM CAVE has stalagmites and stalactites of unique beauty. The cave has three levels. The highest and oldest has fallen apart and only some parts of it are still preserved. The middle level...

KEFALONIA
Drogarati Cave

The grandiosity of nature has created here a unique work of art. Once inside the cave, the visitor is instantly captivated by this remarkable workshop of the earth, where stalactites and stalagmites...
Melissani cave

MELISSANI CAVE is located not far from Karavomilo. It is a lacustrine cave of unique beauty and fully developed cave, which is 3.5 km long, 40m wide and 36m high. Melissani cave constitutes a unique...

KILKIS
Two Storey Cave on Aghios Georgios Hill

THE TWO STOREY CAVE ON AGHIOS GEORGIOS HILL. It was discovered accidentally by a lumberjack. It extends over 1.000 sq. m and has an impressive decoration with stalagmites and...

KOZANI
Skoteino Cave

SKOTEINO CAVE with stalactites and stalagmites is located close to the village at an altitude of 1.000...

LASSITHI
Milatos Cave

MILATOS CAVE lies in a steep gorge, NE of the village that bears the same name. It has been connected with the historical events of 1823. Here 3,700 women and children sought refuge after escaping...

RETHYMNO
Gerani Cave

THE CAVE in Gerani, 6 km N of Rethymno, was discovered in 1969 during construction of the national road. Speleological and palaeontological findings such as stone and bone tools, as well as bones of...
Kourtaliotiko Gorge

THE IMPOSING KOURTALIOTIKO GORGE, is narrow and has wild beauty. Its slopes are full of caves and springs. When the wind blows you can hear clapping sounds – in the local dialect they are called...
Melidoni Cave

MELIDONI CAVE (alternatively referred to as Gerospelios or Gerondospelios), is situated 4 km to the NW. Aside from the speleological interest it presents (it contains stalagmites, stalactites and...

SAMOS
Chalari Gorge

CHALARI GORGE close to Nas port. It is an area of unique natural beauty with running waters, plane trees and a natural...

SERRES
Alistrati Cave

Alistrati cave is considered to be one of the largest and most beautiful ones in Greece and in Europe and is the only cave operating in Macedonia. The cave was known to the locals for many years, but...

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