Caving in Crete



Arkalospilios Cave
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The cave is located 25 km west of Heraklion, by Marathos village, at an altitude of 545m, after the abandoned quarry of Arkalokefalo. The entrance (2.10m x 1m) is not easily visible because of dense vegetation, while the total length of the runways is 153m.

During the ascent, you will meet two primitive gates, which you should close carefully so as not to leave sheep away. Shortly before the quarry you will meet a locked bar (the entrance to the quarry) and that is where you park your car. Then walk towards south - southwest direction about 15-20 minutes to the cave.

The cave has 4 large and 2 smaller rooms with nice decor. In winter the drop flow is quite enough and creates ponds and muddy floor. Find a comfortable position, turn your lights off and enjoy the sound of dripping water. Due to the orientation of the entrance, the temperature remains high and in summer the cave dries up and the stalagmites get dehydrated.

Inside the cave pottery sherds of Roman, Byzantine and medieval times have been revealed. During the Ottoman domination, it served as a refuge for the Christians. Deep in the cave we will also meet shells of snails, unknown how they got that far.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Horizontal Cave
  • Length (m): 130

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