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Skotino Cave, Heraklion

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#13 of 18 in Parks in Heraklion Prefecture
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4.6
  • 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 »
  • We were one of only 4 people at the cave , it's got this serene feeling about it .. Take a Torch and watch out for pidgeons  more »
  • A great find off the beaten track, which is not touristy. The cavern is massive and well worth a visit. It is tricky underfoot as there are no real paths or lights. We took a torch with us but didn't ...  more »
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  • As good as it gets for a popular cave. It's open 24/7 and only suitable for properly equipped tourists. Firm shoes, headlamps and clothes that may get dirty are a must. To make it to the very bottom of the cave is not without danger, the stones are very slippery. The stalactites are very old, the cave must have been dry for centuries. New ones are barely visible. It's certainly a memorable adventure to climb all the way down. Oh yes, the many and big cave spiders are amazing. They run and jump extremely quickly all over the place.
  • Excellent cave to explore, need good shoes and powerful torch though.
  • First of all, I have to admit that sometimes, there is something that you don't give the proper attention. The same happened to me with this natural underground chamber. It is very near from where I live, and as a matter of fact, I have heard a lot about that cave. On the other hand, its the first time that I visit and all I can say is whoaaaaoooo!!! It lies close to the Skoteino village, 22 km from Heraklion, and it is one of the largest caves on Crete. Due to the size, it's very impressive, most of all the entrance: 10 m high and around 30 meters wide. The total site is 170 meters covering an area of 2.500 square meters. Huge stalactites and stalagmites add a unique feel to the cave. For instance, if you check closely to the walls you will be able to see the green colour that normally see on expensive stones. You need to carry a small flashlight if you need to explore more of the cave. But there's is a catch. Try to spend some time inside, and to give a few seconds to your eyes to grant you night vision. Another thing to consider is the time of the day to enter the cave. The midday when the sun is above is better as direct light enters the cave. Opposite, in the late afternoon, there is a big hill that sun is behind it so it gets easy dark. It was a tremendous experience shooting this place.
  • It's a curiosity, quiet and it seems a bit isolated too. The main problem is that there are no real path in the deepest area of the cave, let alone light! So it's a bit dangerous cause the ground is slippery. Gorgeous nonetheless.
  • This cave is a really nice and quiet place, it is worth a visit. Especially the background noise made by the doves in the cave is really interresting. There are also two small chuches nearby, which can be visited.

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Heraklion serves as a convenient base for exploring Crete and draws big crowds with its centrally located hotels, which offer free Wi-Fi, secure parking, private swimming pools, and fitness facilities. Although pricey, staying in the city center also keeps you near the area's top shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you don't mind driving to shops and restaurants, explore the mid-range hotels and small inns farther away from the busy coastline, where you can choose a budget-friendly room with sea views and easy access to quiet beaches.
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