Exploring Nature during Sailing Holidays in Greece
Greece has more than 8,500 caves, many of them unexplored. A significant number of these caves were used as hermitages, while in later times they housed churches and monasteries. Those caves have a great history as they were used as hideouts during battles, as cave Papanikolis on Meganisi. One of the most spectacular caves in Greece is Diros Caves near to Mani.
The Caves of Frachti is a mysterious place, where you will find one of the top routes in Greece. It consists of some huge caves above the sea, but if you penetrate through the enormous caverns to the last chamber, a steep slab 25m high allows you to climb out into the entrance.
It is a narrow cave,47 m deep with ten little chambers. The view of the Saronic Gulf from the cave is amazing.
Panagia Arkoudiotissa Cave or Arkoudospilios (Bear Cave) is located about 2 kilometers north of famous Gouverneto Monastery. The cave is famous for a stalagmite that looks like a crouching bear, and hence the name of the cave Arkoudospilios.
In Chora Sfakion there is a beautiful cave named Daskalogianni cave.It can only be reached by boat, because it is located between rocks on the shore.
The cave is 22 km away from town of Corfu, but it is very close to Byzantine Fortress of Gardikiou. The Gardikiou Grava is a small cave, where tools, firestones and animal bones were found.
It is name means a standing rock in the sea. The huge vertical rock is standing into the crystal clear waters, supplemented by the large cave on the opposite shore.
Ipapanti Cave is north from the famous Ermitis cliffs. It is an enormous cave, whose size allows boats to enter inside.
Petralona cave is located near Nea Moudania, 300 meters above sea-level. The cave was discovered in 1959 and is world famous for the stalactite and stalagmite decoration as well as the skull and bones of the Archanthrope of Petralona.
It is located near Pothia, beyond the Monastery of St. Catherine in Kefalas area.
The Drogarati Cave is 60m deep and was discovered 300 years ago. Although it has many damages because of earthquakes, stalactites still lie from the roof in amazing shapes.
It is one of the most beautiful caves in Greece. The cave, also known as Cave of the Nymphs, is surrounded by forest and has a wonderful lake within.
Cave of Milatos is well known for the tragedy that took place in 1823. In winter of 1822-23, Hassan Pasha devastated the Lassithi Plateau.
The cave of Gerani is one of the most beautiful ones in the prefecture of Rethymno and in the whole of Crete. It is located 7 km west of Rethymnon, at the location Kamari and nearby Gerani beach.
They are also known as the blue caves of Volimes, the village where they are located.The biggest cave is called Kianoun.