Skotino Cave, Heraklion

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#3 of 10 in Nature in Heraklion Prefecture
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  • Beautiful cave without touristy concrete paths, rope and garish led lights. Bring a good torch and good shoes.  more »
  • This cave was one of the highlights of Crete for us. It feels very adventurous to be in there all by yourself, finding a way down. It's absolutely massive at the start and goes down a lot deeper than ...  more »
  • At the time of the visit we were completely alone, the cavern is unattended and thin, a little intimidated by dark we walked through exploring all the huge master bedroom very dark in some places. We've gone further as devoid of flashlight, you could go down but no light you risk a fall because you have to go down by several meters in depth. The distinction is due to the fact that you are totally immersed in the sounds of nature and birds present. Certainly less detailed than other known clay but it's very much the visit. Some "disturbing" some animal bones scattered on the ground. Recommended but pay attention to exploration
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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.
  • We hiked to the cave from Gouves in about 2 hours, while we enjoyed the beautiful cretan landscape. The cave itself was really impressive and a good spot to cool down and gather some energy for the way back
  • Great cave! You can smell and see the mold, it's quite chilly in the summer and you can see a lot of pigeons, bats and wasps. There is quite a lot of green outside too.
  • To get there by foot from the beach takes 2h30. The route is magnificent and the cave very pretty though dangerous to get in. There are two small churches too, but there was nothing interesting about them.
  • Nice cave, stunning view, but a long drive to get there and a lot of wasps...

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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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