Caving in Crete

Spiliara

AT ASTYRAKI
Heraklion

Spiliara pothole
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The cave is inaccessible. In order someone to get inside needs a rope because in the mouth there is an abrupt downshift of 2 metres. It is a gradual chasm with a total tunnel length of 430 metres. There is a lake inside, from what French speleologists say who have explored Spiliara, and it takes special equipment for its exploration. It is the second cave in length in Malevizi Province. In Spiliara cave the residents of Astiraki were hiding during the 2nd World War, when the Germans were bombing.

Directions of approach: Behind the church of Agios Konstantinos, in Astiraki, there is a path which goes through the fields and leads to a torrent. This torrent ends up in Spiliara which literally gulps it.

This information does not constitute an invitation to visit the cave, but a simple information about the beauties of Crete. If you are not an experienced caver or if you have not taken all security measures required, do not attempt to enter the cave.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Sinkhole
  • Water: Water all year round
  • Length (m): 430
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