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Dikteon Cave

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Zeus birthing place

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

Reviewed yesterday
Carole E
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Spectacular cave formations though a bit crowded

Yes its a steep walk uphill ( there are two paths, the one to the left is the easier modern one... read more

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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 yesterday 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

Thank Carole E
Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank eamhair
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Enjoylifealways_11
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank SursurMai
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Gerry_Sevenoaks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Antony J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Cara S
Reviewed September 10, 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.

Thank Gaudentas S
Reviewed September 9, 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

1  Thank Andy c
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

We were unsure about this trip because of the variety of the reviews it got on here. However, it was a good day out. Firstly, if you consider the drive there just as a means of getting there then yes, it is a long way....More

3  Thank SkyDiverValerius
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Yes there is, I think it was about 6 euro each