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Dikteon Cave

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There's a lot of uphill and steps - appropriate footwear required

Allegedly the birthplace of Zeus, the Dikteon Cave is now a tourist destination. Car Parking costs... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
DunelmArts
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Zeus birthing place

This is a stalactite cave and supposedly the birthplace of Zeus and the place where his mother hid... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
Carole E
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This underground cave was believed to be the birthplace of Zeus, making it an important religious and cultural center to the ancient Greeks.
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| Mount Dicte range in East Crete, Crete 720 52, Greece
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Allegedly the birthplace of Zeus, the Dikteon Cave is now a tourist destination. Car Parking costs 2.5 Euros and from there it’s a steep uphill climb for about 1km to the cave entrance. Appropriate footwear is required. Because the path is so steep, locals offer...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

This is a stalactite cave and supposedly the birthplace of Zeus and the place where his mother hid the young god from his father Kronos. To be honest: there are more impressive stalactite caves in the world. It's the Greek mythology that motivated me to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Carole E
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Yes its a steep walk uphill ( there are two paths, the one to the left is the easier modern one, the one to the right rockier but quieter) but well worth it. A highlight of a days trip up to the plateau. All the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

We visited the site as part of a day out safari trip so didn't need to make a special trip as not sure it's particularly worth it to do just that but the journey to it provides spectacular scenery if you choose your route wisely....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Be prepared for a long walk up the steep path! Wear reasonable shoes and take water with you. For me, two days after epic Samaria hike, this was very hard, but totally worth it. Beautiful cave, nice lights, very impressive place, even if you are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

It takes about 20 minutes walking steadily uphill in the sun to get to the cave so you have be reasonably fit and have appropriate footwear. You pay 6 euros at the top in order to go down a lot of steep steps into the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

From Elounda it was a 1 hour and 20 minutes journey by car. Some of the roads were very picturesque and it’s probably worth planning in 5-10 minutes for quick picture stops. See if you can get a picture of the escarpment with a row...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

A small group of us went to the see the cave and I'll get to that later. What I'm warning others about is one of the restaurant owners who attacked my husband. The restaurant is the one at the base of the cave in line...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cara S
Reviewed 11 September 2018

You have to make a trip otherwise to come only here is not smart. Easy climbing one way we need 20min go back 15min and about 15min inside. Who never was in stalagmite or stalactite place then I recommend.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gaudentas S
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

From car park to cave entrance is one hell of a climb if you’re not in reasonable condition imo. You could always hire a donkey to ease the trip ! First mention of entrance fee is at the top !! Narrow staircase down into first...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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