Kastania Cave

One of the most impressive caves of Greece can be found near the village of Kastania on the southern tip of the Peloponnese, just minutes away from Neapoli. The route follows the winding mountain road leading to the forest-covered eastern slopes of Mt. Parnon.

Rich in density and variety of shapes, colors and figures, Kastania Cave is classified as second of its kind in Europe. Nature needed three million years to create this fantasyscape with its unparalleled décor and numerous impressive formations such as enormous red and white “waterfalls”, the gigantic columns, the “curtains” and the “sheets” that overflow like waxwork from the roof, “octopuses” and “corals” nest, “elephants” and “mushrooms”, “birds” and caricatures, “exotic plants” and monumental creatures…

Standing out among the numerous attractions of the cave are geological rarities such as discs, flat stalagmites, eccentrites and elictites. With a little luck, visitors may meet the cave’s noble resident insect, the deaf and blind dolichopoda.

The cave’s surface covers 1,500 square meters separated into two levels and the visitor is guided along a 500-meter route. The cave was formed from limestones of Jurassic age (195-145 million years old) as a result of geological turmoil and chemical reaction. The stone décor owes its seven-color palette to crystalline carbonate lime enriched with several metal oxides.

A café operates right outside the cave and nearby is the old church of St. Andrew, scarred by pirates and conquerors.

Schedule

CAVE WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL 24 MARCH

From 23/12 until 31/05/2020:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday  from 10:00 to 16:00. Tours every hour starting from 10:30 and ending at 15:30.

Furthermore

  • From Monday 23/12/2019 until Monday 06/01/2020 daily, except Wednesday (Christmas Day 25/12/2019) and Wednesday (New Years Day 01/01/2020)
  • On Monday 2/03/2020  
  • On Wednesday 25/03/2020
  • From Thursday 25/04/2020 until Sunday 26/04/2020 daily except Easter Sunday 19/04/2020

For more information about the schedule press here.

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Access

The cave can be accessed either by following the route that connects Neapoli with Lachi, Paradeisi and Kato Kastania (suggested) or by the route that connect Neapolis with the mountain villages Mesochori, Faraklo and Ano Kastania.

Parking space can be found at the entrance of the cave.

The Municipality of Monemvasia announces the suspension of all activities taking place in municipal buildings, due to the possible spread of coronavirus. Thus, the Kastania Cave will remain closed until 24 March 2020.