Caves

    The Caves of Diros,Laconian Mani

Caves

    The Caves of Diros,Laconian Mani

Caves

    Caves of the Eggs,Parnonas

Caves

    The Caves of Diros,Laconian Mani

Caves

    The Caves of Diros,Laconian Mani

Caves

 

 

The Caves of Diros (27330 52222)

Nobody can deny it is literally the most beautiful cave the world over. It is in Pyrgos of Diros, in Laconia. Thousands of its visitors leave in awe of Nature’s decorations in Caves “Glyfada or Blyhada”, “Katafygi” [Refuge] and “Alepotrypa” [Fox’s Den].
Its exploration started in 1949 by a couple of speleologists of the Greek Speleological Association. Its development and exploitation started in 1958 while in 1979, when its newly added parts were discovered, it was measured to be 6km in its fully mapped length.
Its central room ends in a lake, 6m deep. The rooms of the cave were used as homes in the early period of the Neolithic age as a wealth of findings testify.
The cave Vlyhada is beyond imagination as its decoration from stalactites and stalagmites made of carbonic calcium in the bowels of the earth took millions of years to design. The tour with the boat in the lake parts of the cave is a ride you will not want to ever end and you will be indelibly impressed by the fossilized bones of panthers, hippopotamus, lions and creatures of another era.
The cave of Alepotripa is in the Neolithic Museum of Diros, which prides itself also in a rich series of findings (tools, marble figurines, stone axe) shedding light on the life of the Neolithic man. The biggest part of the guided tour is done on boat.
Visiting Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9.00 – 15.00, Monday is closing day.

 

 

 

The Cave “Agios Andreas” of Kastania (27340 22950)

 

A local shepherd found the cave in 1956, half an hour’s walk from the village Kastania, very close to the little church of Saint Andrew.
Entering the cave, you go down a spiral hall and find the “First Chamber”, full of small and big stalagmites and pillars. On its left you see the “Red Chamber” and next you enter the huge “Chamber of Water”. The names of the chambers are indicative of the forms and the images created by the natural forces in the passage of time: “Chambers of the Bushes”, “Chamber of Mushrooms”, “The Royal Staircase”, “Chamber of Firs”, “Chamber of Candles”, “Staircase with the Water Lillies”, “Chocolate Chamber”.
The total length of the halls in the cave is 250m and the tour comes up to 500m, making the guided tour last half an hour.
Taking photographs is not permitted.

 


The Cave of the Eggs

 

In 1999, a team of the Hellenic Speleological and Exploration Club (SPELEO), consisted of amateurs speleologists, went down and explored the cave in the Makria Lagga position near the village of Niata.  Four rooms have been discovered so far with the fourth one stealing the impressions. It is 20 meters long, 30 meters width and about 40 meters height while it has lots of colourful rocks. The stalactites in the last room,which are in the shape and colour of an egg, have given to this cave its current glory. The Cave of the Eggs has been explored in a depth of about 240 meters but it remains rough and difficult to approach for the visitors.

 

 

The Cave of Babola

 

The cave is located in Panovrisi, north-west of the Vrisi village near Kiparissi, and in a height of  about 350 meters at the east side of the Babola mountain. The Cave of Babola is consisted of two levels with four chambers each and stands out for its rich decor of stalactites and stalagmites. It is 48 meters length and its passages length is about 100 meters while its maximum depth is 15,5 meters. 

 

 

Some more Caves...

 

Some other caves of Lakonia are the Varathro Albanos, the Cave Precipice at Armitsa, the Precipice of Vatheia Mouzi, the Precipice of Vatheia at Havalas, the Cyclops’ Cave, the Pigadi pothole, The Lykoura, the Cave at Fini, the Cave of the Soldier and the Hole of Vorias.