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“Worth a detour ”
Review of Dikteon Cave

Dikteon Cave
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making it an important religious and cultural center to the ancient Greeks.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

There is a steep walk up to the cave but the path is good most of the way, the final 100metres is very rough and can be slippery in the certain weather conditions

1  Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

This cave considered to be the birthplace of Zeus. You can get there after a nice walk from the village, however you should bring warm clothes with you, because the temperature of the cave relatively cold. It is mandatory to see.

Thank Cosmopolitan736019
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely cave system for everyone to enjoy. Cheap at only €6 euros each to enter babies free. The ticket office is right at the top of the hill walk. If you drive go early! There are a minimal number if car spaces and there were only 1 possible 2 spaces free mid October in low season. There are 2 different paths. One steeper and rockier than the other but quicker. The easy slope is flat except for the last bit so not for the disabled or any buggies. Wear some decent shoes too as it can be rather slippy. Lovely well lit cave with stalegmites and stalegtites and a one way walking system.

3  Thank ZBH88
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Cave of stalactites and stalagmites that aren't the most amazing but are still great to see. The patterns made in the rocks naturally make it a little creepy (see pics), but there's nothing to be afraid of. I read somewhere that you could come into contact with bats and while there are bats in this cave, you won't see them or have contact with them as they are very deep in sections that aren't open to the public.

The depth of this cave is incredible and once you're half way through and look up at the entrance you came in, it seems like another world entirely (see pics). The stairs are quite steep inside the cave but the stairs have handrails all the way. There's no rush, take your time and enjoy each section around you as you walk down.

There are two paths to take you to the cave - one is easy, one is tougher but much more rewarding and popular because of the views along the way and lots of resting areas. It's a very rocky path so wear good grippy shoes. Some rocks are sharp, while others are smooth marble pieces which are a little slippery. The path isn't wide and it's somewhat steep at times but even someone with low fitness can easily achieve it.

If you are put off don't be - remember it is claimed Zeus' mother walked this exact path and she was heavily pregnant, so if she can do it you certainly can!! At the top I actually felt really proud that I had taken the tougher route as I had earned my right to enter Zeus' cave.

The other path is flatter but very slippery because it is made almost entirely out of smooth marble stone. It's a gentler walk up to the entrance but there are no resting areas along the way and views are obscured. You can ride a donkey (see pic) to take you up but I beg you NOT to hire a donkey. The family working the donkeys beat them with a sharp stick around their legs, when the donkeys slow down on the steeper hill. It was heartbreaking and I yelled at the women beating the donkeys. Please don't support animal abuse.

6  Thank BarbieMegaTraveller
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Be ready for a bit of climbing and a lot of steps but the view you will be able to see is price less. If you are there you must see them!!! Not recommended for disable person. Price of ticket is €6 per person. Some of stalactites are destroyed what is heart breaking cause is made by human ! Absolutely need to go there.

Thank Annkar
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