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Address: | Mount Dicte range in East Crete, Crete 720 52, Greece
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making it...

This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making it an important religious and cultural center to the ancient Greeks.

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Was told originally that it was thought to be Zeus' birthplace, later found its one of many caves Zeus was thought to be born in. Beautiful cave nonetheless and very interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The walk up is well laid out and similar to walking up a long hill. It's hard to navigate as there are a few turns to get there but it's worth the trip. The cave is interesting and beautiful - this adds to the palace Knossis visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Was told originally that it was thought to be Zeus' birthplace, later found its one of many caves Zeus was thought to be born in. Beautiful cave nonetheless and very interesting to see and be in. Quite a steep hill to walk up, donkeys are available but they looked pretty sad amd worn out. €8 for a ticket into the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Went to this cave on a classics university trip. Going up we went up the step uneven rocks on the right and while not dangerous they are slippery in winter so not suggested for people with an injury. The view from the top is amazing. We got in for free on a free day (Sunday). The path down to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Lots of steps, which were pretty treacherous in the rain, it was out of season so no donkeys, but not a problem if you were careful. €2.50 to park the car & €8 to visit the cave, so could get pricey for a large family. The cave is very pretty, still lots of stalactites and stalagmites with a pool where... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

If you are expecting a visit to a nice cave then you will enjoy this one. Yes there are lots of steps but it's not bad if you are normally an active person. Many of the stalactites have been cut taking away a little bit. If you are expecting some artifacts or ruins indicating worship of Zeus or something dedicated... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We visited the cave on a day trip to Lasithi Plateau. Good parking for cars and coaches with good facilities, cafes and shops. Walk to cave entrance is up a well made path but could be classed as hard. Fantastic views across plateau from entrance

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We visited today with our two young boys. They are too young to understand about Zeus, or stalactites but our 2 y/o was very taken with the donkeys. On a serious note this is a very impressive cave and the descent into it is pretty breathtaking. It's not massive, and is probably a little over priced, but if you're up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

You have a little road to do but the stalactites are really nice!!! You have for 20min walking Be careful there is no access for while chair. Kids can do the walk by donkey for 10 €

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed in malia, I hired a decent quad for the week, so I decided to venture up into the mountains to see the birth place of Zeus! Lovely scenic drive meandering through the mountains, once you arrive, you park at a little strip, with gift shops etc, 2 euros parking fee, the cave itself is about 100yrds up from... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The cave in general is difficult to get to. It took us 1.5 hours to get there from Elounda, it took us the same amount of time to get all the way to Knossos from Elounda! Because it's so high up with so many switchbacks the drive is slow and I got quite motion sick! Once you get there you... More 

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