Our adventure to Sfentoni Cave was a totally new experience for me.
In general, there are more than 4500 caves in Crete, but only 3 caves are open to the public. Sfentoni Cave is one of those.
This is the largest cave in Crete. It is located in the village of Zoniana, just 43 km from Heraklion and 52 km from Rethymnon.
The journey alone (back and forth) from the main Cretan highway E75 to the Sfentoni Cave is an exciting adventure. This is because it’s a very beautiful scenic drive and the infrastructure is in good condition.
We drove through many Greek villages and we had a glimpse of Crete’s rural areas.
Beyond doubt, the facility is well organised with good parking, clean toilets, souvenirs’ shop and a good café, which we didn’t expect.
Unfortunately, we had to wait for about 45 minutes at the cafe for the next tour. Meanwhile, we decided to enjoy some nice homemade scoops of Greek ice cream. The ice cream was great but a little bit pricey maybe because of “the tourists prices.”
Consequently, we also enjoyed the beautiful panoramic views across the region and the surrounding villages.
The tours to the cave are with a local guide, who is responsible for both the visitors’ safety and the protection of the cave. It was a well organized and an informative tour.
The impressive 3000 square-meter cave allows a 270 meter walk, providing visitors with breathtaking sights of how mother nature patiently “creates” an aesthetic spectacle by using mineral rich water drops.
There are several rooms are located in the cave, and all of them are great. The cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites, colored by additional illumination effects.
The cave is easily accessible even with children because the paths are fitted with metal walkways. Where it was slippery, the guide warned us upfront. It is cool in there as you would expect from a cave, perfect for a hot summer day.
It’s well worth a visit and worth the time to get there. Another reason for you to add this to your bucket list!
A Travel Quote
“Things change everyday. With each new dawn, it is not the same world as before. And you’re not the same person you were either.” ― Haruki Murakami
- The parking is free and near the premise
- Hire a car so that you can explore a little more
- There is a restaurant
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