Located 23 km from Heraklion, close to the village of Mirtia is the Neraidospilio, which is said to be sacred to the Goddess Athena. It’s multi-level, and in it there is a spring feed by the aqueduct of Astrakhan. Locals tell a tale about a fairy and a lyre player.
- Heraklion Prefecture / Nature / Caves
The cave is also known as Agia Paraskevi with impressive clusters of stalagmites and stalactites. Located at an altitude of 225 meters, near Gouves, it is said that it served as a worship place for the goddess Artemis. When in the area, one can also pay a visit to the Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi.
At the foot of mount Psiloritis at an altitude of 267 meters, near Tylisos, is an easily accessible cave, outstanding for its large halls. It has two main galleries, one of which is rich in cave formations. In between the two there is a separate space that hosts a plentiful population of bats.
East of Heraklion, near the village Avdou, is the cave of Agia Fotini with its entrance located in a steep cliff. The accessible part of the cave is 44 m and the last room is used as a church, dedicated to Agia Fotini. Two stalagmites adorn the entrance hall. A festival takes place each year on the fourth Sunday after Easter.
At an altitude of 276 meters west of Sarchos village, at the foot of Mt Sarchos is a cave, called Nychteridospilo (Bat Cave) by the locals. It is among the largest and most important caves around the island because of its length and morphology. It has many rooms and downhill slopes. Three species of bats live in it. It also has historical...
On the eastern side of Mount Idi or Psiloritis (78km from Rethymno and 24km from Anogia in Mylopotamos) lies, according to Greek mythology, Zeus's birthplace or the place where Rhea hid her son in order not to be devoured by his father, Kronos. According to mythology, an oracle said that the son of Kronos and Rhea will take power from the...