Category: Caves
Region: Chania Prefecture

Agia Sofia cave

The cave of Agia Sofia is located 47km southwest of the city of Chania, on the west of the gorge Topolia. The cave is located near the main road to Elafonisi. On the left of the cave entrance, there is the small church of Agia Sofia.

Agios Antonios Cave or Patsos Cave

The Cave of St. Anthony is located in Chania, north of the village Patsos Amari, in the beautiful and lush gorge Patsou (or St. Anthony). The cave is called the Cave and Kranaou Mercury, as it was the place of worship Kranaou Mercury, as stated in the ded

Asfendou or Sfakion cave

Asfendou cave is located near the village of Sfakia. The cave has actually one room that was previously larger. The intense precipitation and the fall of the roof give rock shelter morphology to the cave.

Arkoudospilios (Bear Cave) or the Cave of Panagia Arkoudiotissa

Arkoudospilios (Bear Cave) or the Cave of Panagia Arkoudiotissa is located in Akrotiri, 2 km north of the monastery Merciful, Groove in the Gorge. The cave is known for the bear-shaped rock that made the cave a place of worship of the ancient goddess Arte

Elephants cave

The submarine Cave of Elephants is located in Drepano area of Akrotiri, in Chania prefecture and out of Souda Bay. The cave was discovered in 1999 by the snorkeler Manolis Efthymakis. Thus, Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology, in collaboration w

Gourgouthakas Cave

The precipice Gourgouthakas is the deepest cave precipice of Greece and the second in the Balkans. Access is almost impossible by anyone and can only be achieved by experienced cavers. The second largest cave precipice of Greece is also in Crete and is kn

Kalamato cave

In the ravine of Laggos, except Krionerida cave, there is the cave of Kalamato, which is labyrinthine, with small booths, potholes, stalactites and stalagmites. The cave can be accessed only by experienced cavers.

Krionerida cave

The cave Krionerida is located in the ravine Laggos, southwest of the village Vafes, at an altitude of 230m. The entrance has a width of 1.8m and height 1.5m. It consists of four rooms, with the first being the larger, while the second contains the bones

Leon Cave

Leon Cave was officially discovered on 11 August 2008 by a French-Greek team of speleologists, exploring the White Mountains of Chania. However, its existence was known 15 years ago, during a French mission of the Catamaran Club.

St. John cave

Almost opposite Krionerida cave, within a recess of a rock there is the very old church of St. John. It is said that once one Turk saw a picture of the Saint and wanted to desecrate it. He took out his cutlass and broke that. But some minutes later, he li

St. John the Hermit Cave or Xenos Cave

The Cave of St. John the Hermit or Xenos in Avlaki Gorge, in Akrotiri, is located just a few hundred meters away from Arkoudospilios. Similarly to Arkoudospilios this was a riverbed with a total length of about 135 meters, forming a horizontal room. Its r

Tzanis Cave or Katavothra Cave or Chonos Cave

Tzanis Cave or Katavothra or Chonos, is located in Omalos Plateau in Chania. It reaches a length of 2500m and a depth of 280m. The cave has raised the interest of foreign tourists since 1865. Tzanis is accessible, but is not organized for tourists.