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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.

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The cavern of Chrisospilia is a great natural monument. It is one of the biggest caves in Greece, most of it though unexplored.

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.

Daskalogianni Cave

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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.

Olympi Cave

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Olympi cave is 35 km away from Chios town and 5 km away from Olympi village. It is located 100 meters above sea level and its maximum depth is 55 meters.

Agio Gala Cave

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At the middle entrance of the cave there is the chapel of Panagia Agiogalousaina, built in the 13th century. It is basically a group of three caves which are on top of one another.


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.

Ortholithos Cave

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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

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Ipapanti Cave is north from the famous Ermitis cliffs. It is an enormous cave, whose size allows boats to enter inside.

Petralona Cave

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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.

Matala Caves

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No-one is actually certain when the caves of Matala were created. Current thinking is that they are Roman or Early Christian tombs.

Sea Caves at Koufonisi

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It is a complex of many small caves accessible only by boat. The most gorgeous ones are Gala, Pisina and Mati tou Diavolou (the eye of the devil).

Kefalas Caves

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It is located near Pothia, beyond the Monastery of St. Catherine in Kefalas area.

Drogarati Cave

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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.

Milatos Cave

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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.

Gerani Cave

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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.


Rina Cave

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One of Naxos’ most beautiful sea caves is at Rina bay. Here you will get the chance to swim in cool waters under a rock dome.