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Dikteon Cave

| Mount Dicte range in East Crete, Crete 720 52, Greece
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Zeus' mancave

This is one of the to go touristy spot when in Crete. Supposedly Zeus's birthplace. The walk to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Larry B

The cave is in the mountains surrounding the Lassithi Plateau and is a very long and steep climb... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shepton Mallet, England, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good42%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
| Mount Dicte range in East Crete, Crete 720 52, Greece
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of the to go touristy spot when in Crete. Supposedly Zeus's birthplace. The walk to the top was a workout! Be prepared! If you can walk, please walk, and not rent the poor donkeys! The cave itself was eerie, pretty, magical, cold....More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cave is in the mountains surrounding the Lassithi Plateau and is a very long and steep climb, but totally worth it. Please don't be tempted to ride one of the poor old donkeys, just take your time and drink plenty of water. Inside the...More

Thank Sarahrt2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came with two young children. It's very touristy which was a surprise after a lovely quiet drive through the mountains & villages. Nice scenic walk up from the car park and the cave itself was lovely and cool, although not as big as expected -...More

Thank Ejbarn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the Lasithi Plateau we thought the cave was a 'must see' from all the glowing reviews, but having just visited some caves in Slovenia the Zeus Cave was very disappointing. Firstly it is a long hard climb up to the cave with the path...More

Thank Simon W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are two competing Caves of Zeus. This one is also called the Psychro Cave, and is in the Dikte Mountain over Lasithi Plane in Eastern Crete. It appears to be a popular destination, so there is a lot of touristy infrastructure built around it....More

3  Thank Vinay K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk up the hill to go inside, some take donkeys for 10 Eu each way, they looked like they might slip on the rocks. The view from the plateau is incredible, very much worth the drive. Sadly the stalagmites and such are going dark from...More

Thank c a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here as part of a tour to the plateau, There is a steep fairly long climb up to the cave, I have walking difficulties and it was a bit of a challenge, I recommend you wear good shoes and avoid the hottest parts of...More

Thank elllen1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cave was interesting with some nice stalagmites and stalactites. As previous reviews have stated not enough information is provided, only a board where the lady takes the ticket. Best to read about it before you go. The path is very steep and not so...More

Thank sarkydee
Reviewed 15 June 2017

To get to the cave there are 2 paths, a difficult one and an easier one. I took the easy one This 150 meter path is still a steep path but paved almost to the top. It's possible to get to the top on a...More

Thank EllenOverman
Reviewed 7 June 2017

If Zeus finds out that the cave where he "born" is so poorly maintained, he could punish someone with a few thunder and lightning! ; ) The cave itself, is just that, a natural formation. But those who are in charge of it, need to...More

Thank jollyngo
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Debra B
10 July 2017|
Response from Ejbarn | Reviewed this property |
I would say 'no'. Although there are donkeys to get people up and down the steep hill!
25 May 2016|
Response from christopherbR8036JR | Reviewed this property |
This would fall under the summer opening times so 8am-8pm, You don't want to be climbing down after sunset. If you're in the area, take a drive up to the Nissimos plateau and see the ancient Minoan ruins at Karfi... More
15 July 2015|
Response from Rasskazov_Sergey |
The temperature in the cave, I suppose, above 15-20 degrees. I was just in t-short and it was cool but comfortable. It works from 8 to 20
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