Caving in Crete



Neraidogoula Cave
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The cave Neraidogoula is located at an altitude of 1209 m., in the bed of the stream Linaras in the pine wood of Selakano. Identifying its entrance is a little tricky, although there are some signs, as it is very small.

To get in, you have to crawl, cross the first chamber and reach the main room of the cave. It is a very large room with a small lake. Inside the cave flows an underground river, as proved by the rumbling sounds within. The ceiling is adorned with stalactites while the floor is covered with clay.

According to local legend, the cave is home to elves and fairies (its name means the spring with the fairies in Cretan dialect). Locals tell that when the fairies get angry, the river floods and kills anyone who is there.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Horizontal Cave
  • Water: Water all year round
  • Accessibility: Walking

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