Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Greece  /  Crete  /  Heraklion Prefecture  /  Heraklion  /  Nature  /  Skotino Cave
Skotino Cave, Heraklion
(4.1/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
The Skotino cave is one of the largest and more impressive caves among the many caves found in Crete.The cave lies high on a hill northwest of the village of Skotino, a few kilometers inland south of Gouves. It is also known as Agia Paraskevi cave from the church dedicated to Saint Paraskevi built on top of it. The cave is 160 meters deep and 36 meters wide. The first archaeological examination on the site were carried out by Arthur Evans, the well-known British archaeologist who unearthed and partially restored Knossos in the early 20th century. A more comprehensive exploration was carried out by French and Greek archaeologists in the 1960s. They found a considerable number of bronze and ceramic votive offerings, the oldest of them dating from the earliest Minoan periods, suggesting the cave was an important sacred shrine dedicated to a female fertility deity, presumably Britomartis. The cave was still used in Classical Greek and Roman eras, when the fertility goddess Artemis or her Roman equivalent Diana replaced the Minoan deity.Bibliography Fisher, John and Garvey, Geoff . The Rough Guide to Crete, 7th edition.
Put Skotino Cave into our Heraklion trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Heraklion.
Source
map
Create a full Heraklion itinerary

Plan your trip to Heraklion

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Heraklion by other users

17 days in Greece BY A USER FROM INDIA April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Greek Isles BY A USER FROM INDIA May, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 13 days in Greece BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Asia, Europe & South Pacific BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Greece BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Greece BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Greece BY A USER FROM GREECE January, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Greece BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA September, culture, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Italy, Tel Aviv & Heraklion BY A USER FROM ITALY February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Greece BY A USER FROM CANADA August, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Signposts stop half way up but just keep going until you hit the dirt track at the top and aim for the two chapels. Worth a look and the chapels are nice. Lots of pigeons and you need rough clothes an...  more »
  • a great value, central location cave that someone worth going to is in fact skoyteino is nice to have with Lantern
    View original
  • Entrance to the cave in the middle of the olive trees near a chapel to visit. The cave is free, requires a good lamp per person and very good shoes. Indeed, the floor is slippery in places, so moving carefully, you will have opportunity to discover beautiful rooms, stones with surprising aspects leaving free our imagination. It is advisable to have a guide or consult internet before to better understand it. Adventurers: Sensations provided for professionals, you can even continue the visit to speleologies by being well equipped
    View original