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Cave Of Zeus, Anogia

Cave · Historic Site
According to legend, Cave Of Zeus is one of two possible locations where Zeus, Greek god of sky and thunder, was born. High up on Mount Dicte, the system of caves have a single entrance, which you can reach via a long trek to the top or driving the winding roads up. Inside, admire the large stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over hundreds of years. The antechamber contains the crumbled foundations of an altar and evidence of offerings that were burnt at the altar and destined for the gods. Explore the five chambers, especially the small chamber behind a lake where Zeus was supposedly born. Cave Of Zeus is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • You do need a moderate fitness to get up there even if you take a donkey ride and there is not much shade. Inside the cavern you can cool down again and enjoy a nice little cave, nothing too...  more »
  • Situated on top of a mountain, difficult to climb if you have mobility issue or other musculoskeletal issues. Beautiful views of Plateau from the top. Cave itself I’d amazing, but small. Worth a...  more »
  • Visited the Cave of Zeus today! The drive over took us a while and was pretty scary heading up the mountain on the tight, winding rounds - take it slow! There is room to park at the bottom of the....  more »
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  • Fantastic views on the way up to the cave. Get a donkey if you like an easy and fun ride up but the walk is not very long. The cave is nicely lit up. It is not huge but worth a visit if you are in the area. Rhea was hiding young baby Zeus from Cronos according to Greek legends and one can certainly see why this case was the subject of legends.
  • Simple day out to the caves. Nice drive through the winding hills and gorges. Cave is nice and deep and a nice change to the heat outside. Only downside is the walk up the hill to the caves. Takes 20 mins and quite steep in places. Cheap entry and good day out.
  • Worth a visit if you're in the area. Walkways and steps well laid out to fully enjoy the cave. There's a car park with restaurants and little shops at the start of the climb which are nice. Advice is to walk up the steps between the flags on the way up, and walk the flatter pathway back to the car park.
  • The cave is beautiful and extremely old, with impressive stalagmites. It's a relatively short hike, less than 1km, climbing to the entrance of the cave, there are two ways to get there, an old path with stairs, and a new paved path. Once you get up there a nice view over the valley, and a refreshments cart with natural fresh juices. The entrance fee is 6euro(cash or card) , but beware if you come by car and park it at the 'entrance' (beginning of the path) , that's an extra 2,50 euro. Although the beauty of the nature of that cave is incredible, I cannot give more than 3 stars seeing there is no explanation whatsoever in the cave about its history, mythology, archeology, etc etc.
  • There are two ways up to the cave from the parking lot (parking is 2.50€). One trail is a hike over boulders and loose rocks that is best not done with flip flops on. The other trail is a simpler walk on a stone path or can hire a donkey for 10€ one way. Both paths are steep and can be strenuous for unfit or older folks, so bring plenty of drinking water for hot days. And then it's about a hundred or so more steps down into the cave and the same back up and out for 6€ entry. Nicely illuminated stalactites and stalagmites formations inside.

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