Skotino Cave, Heraklion

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  • August 16, 2017
    A fairly remote place. But the visit is worth it. Great beauty and very interesting. Before visiting the stands know the history that was understandable. Do not forget to throw coins.
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  • July 12, 2017
    A cave that is and Church! A miracle of nature that fills devoutness!!! Easy access in an excellent place, surrounded by nature!
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  • June 19, 2017
    How do you make negative review of a cave because ... Is dark and slippery? But it should be? Someone should remove internet. The place is very interesting. W nature and man, try to stay there in the darkness is itself interesting experience. Need torch absolutely to continue down to the bottom, you make enough for everyone but better to be accompanied for some difficult passages when more humid. The place is sacred practically forever, beyond the usual idiots disrespectful (I found even traces of firecrackers through garbage collection) there are 3000 years old also votive shards and bones, and other treasures for those who can look beyond the surface. Go there with respect and curiosity. Deserves a visit even if getting there is a maze of streets at times without signs. PS: this cave is considered to be one of the first offices of the famous maze. There is an incredible Bull-shaped rock with eye and nostril and a stalagmite absolutely interesting.
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  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 24, 2017
    Excellent cave to explore, need good shoes and powerful torch though.
  • March 9, 2017
    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.
  • August 25, 2016
    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.
  • October 10, 2016
    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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