Caving - Spelunking

Caving or spelunking is a sub-terrain activity for people who are thrilled with the unknown and want to explore cave systems for either scientific purposes, sports or recreation. It is an activity that combines hiking, climbing, mountaineering and outdoor exploring. On it's extreme version it requires cave diving techniques in order to pass through passages covered with water inside a cave. More than 10.000 caves are found and explored all over the country, on mountains, on the coastline and sea, even on urban terrain. Many caves are considered part of the local history and culture, often accompanied with local myths and folk stories of the region they are found. In Greek mythology many caves are related with a birth of a god or residence of creatures like titans, giants and nymphs. Caving is an activity done in nature, requires certain techniques in order to enter and come out of a cave with safety and can be dangerous without special training and equipment. We arrange half day trips to local sights of interest in Attica taken all the safety requirements.

Panos Cave - Mt Parnitha

Price : 40 € per person for 5-6 participants - 50 € per person for 3-4 participants - 60 € per person for 2 participants

Description : A cave of ancient rituals of the Greek god Pan and his followers the Nymps. It is a cave located north of Athens near the province of Filli in Parnitha mountain. One of the early statements about the cave was given by the historian Pausanias that describes the location and characteristics of this small but beautiful cave. This cave also named “Lichnospilia”, because of the 2,000 oil lamps that were found by archaeological survey. The cave consists of two chambers that connect with each other with a very narrow and low passage. In order to pass through to the second chamber, we have to crawl through the passage. The second chamber has a wonderful basin decorated by stalactite and stalagmite material. The cave ends with a big crack where we can find a second entrance that has a rope descent to the ground floor. Close to the location that we will leave our vehicles stands the Filli Caste, a fortified outpost of the ancient Athenians of the 4th century BC, a megalithic archaeological site, worth visiting. No previous experience needed.

Duration : 5-6 hours.

Location : Fyli area, mountain Parnitha, 45 mins drive from Athens.

Hiking duration : Easy to medium difficulty, 1,5 hour hike to the cave entrance.

What's included :

-Expert local guide.

-Safety gear : Helmet, flash light, mountain first aid kit.

-Vat and taxes.

What you should bring :

- Water and snack, light clothing for the hiking, extra pair of clothes that will get dirty for caving, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

Cave of Euripides - Salamina island

Price : 40 € per person for 5-6 participants - 50 € per person for 3-4 participants - 60 € per person for 2 participants

The cave of Euripides is located at the village of Peristeria, on the south part of the island of Salamina at the Saronic Gulf and at an altitude of 115 meters from the sea. Numerus findings that were recovered from to the archaeological survey by the University of Ioannina from 1994-199, shows clear evidence that has been in use for at least 6 different periods of the prehistory and history of Greece. It has been used as a shelter from the Neolothic period, to a burial and worship site at the Mycenaean period. On the classical period it was used as a retreat and workshop site for the tragic poet Euripides. On Roman and Hellenistic period it was used as a pilgrim and visiting site to honour the tragic poet. On Frankish period it was used as a shelter and treasury. The hiking route that starts from the village will lead us after a 20 minutes hike to a fenced area with the ruins of Dionysus altar. After a few meters we will reach the cave entrance, from where we will enjoy great sea views on a beautiful pine forest mountain slope. It is a small but beautiful cave with many narrow passages and corridors and almost 10 chambers waiting to be explored, making it an ideal destination for families with kids and small groups. 

Duration : 5-6 hours.

Location : Salamina island, 1,5 hour drive from Athens including ferry from Perama.

Hiking duration : Easy, 20 minutes hike to the cave entrance.

What's included :

-Expert local guide.

-Safety gear : Helmet, flash light, mountain first aid kit.

-Vat and taxes.

 

What you should bring :

- Water and snack, light clothing for the hiking, extra pair of clothes that will get dirty for caving, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

Cave of Afaia - Mt Aigaleo

Price : 40 € per person for 5-6 participants - 50 € per person for 3-4 participants - 60 € per person for 2 participants

The cave is located on Aigaleo mountain and it was recently discovered (2008), explored and mapped from the Hellenic Speleological Society (ESE). It is considered one of the biggest and most beautiful caves in Attica. It has a downward growth, but it doesn't require any rope techniques to visit. It was created by the widening of a ridge, it has NW-NE direction with an average rate of 50 degrees. The entrance is small, a bit narrow and downhill at its first steps. Going down to the first level, there is a large, decorated and spacious hall that continues on different directions. After a few meters we will see some tree roots hanging from the ceiling and reaching the cave floor. Large stalactite columns, stalactites and stalagmites, rock basins, curtains and spiral formations compose a multilevel underground setting of natural beauty. Water, drop by drop, has sculpted the rock through thousands of years and created this marvellous cave and point of interest. 

 

Duration : 5-6 hours.

Location : Haidari area, 45 mins drive from Athens.

Hiking duration : Easy, 20 minutes hike to the cave entrance.

 

What's included :

-Expert local guide.

-Safety gear : Helmet, flash light, mountain first aid kit.

-Vat and taxes.

 

What you should bring :

- Water and snack, light clothing for the hiking, extra pair of clothes that will get dirty for caving, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

Cave of Ntavelis - Mt Penteli

Price : 40 € per person for 5-6 participants - 50 € per person for 3-4 participants - 60 € per person for 2 participants

Description : The cave of Ntavelis or cave of Amomon, is located on the southwest side of Penteli mountain in forest area and in 700 meters above sea level. The cave on it’s prime condition, had no entrance to the outer world until the ancient Athenians spotted an entrance as they were extracting marble from the mountain of Penteli. In ancient times it was built a shrine of God Pan, while on the Byzantine times the Amomon monks used the cave as a shelter. The cave is 112 meters in length, and around 40 meters in diameter. At the end of the cave, there is a passage leading to a second much smaller chamber. The cave and the surrounding area during 1970 and 1980 was used for military purposes which made serious damage to the natural monument.

 

Surrounding monuments - The chapels of St Spyridon and St Nicolas.

At the entrance of the cave, stand 2 small chapels, dating back to 11th century after Christ. Following the natural caverns and after restoration works, the chapels are open to the public. Inside, we can see figures of Angels and Saints from early Christianity.The cave is not developed as a touristic site.

Duration :  4-5 hours activity.

Location : Mountain Penteli.

Hiking duration : Easy, 20 minutes hike to the cave entrance.

What's included :

-Expert local guide.

-Safety gear : Helmet, flash light, mountain first aid kit.

-Vat and taxes.

What you should bring :

- Water and snack, light clothing for the hiking, extra pair of clothes that will get dirty for caving, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

Cave of Arxedimos - Mt Ymittos

Price : 30 € per person for 5-6 participants - 40 € per person for 3-4 participants - 50 € per person for 2 participants

Description : The cave is located at South West Ymmitos at the south suburbs, close to Voula. Arhedimos was a sculptor from Thira of the 5th century BC, modern Santorini, that found shelter on this particular cave. Hand made steps on the rock allows to go deeper in this ancient natural cavern. Findings are still visible, including an altar, a human figure sculptured on the rock resembling the artist itself, human and animal figures. The cave has been partially destroyed and luted through out the centuries. Within short distance, we can visit and check from above, the cave of Sikia, a 20 meter deep pit hole with a huge fig tree covering the surface of the cave.

Location : South suburbs, Mountain Immittos.

Hiking : Easy

Activity duration : 2-3 hours

What's included :

-Expert local guide.

-Safety gear : Helmet, flash light, mountain first aid kit.

-Vat and taxes.

What you should bring :

- Water and snack, light clothing for the hiking, extra pair of clothes that will get dirty for caving, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

Koutouki Cave - Mt Ymittos

Price : 30 € per person for 5-6 participants - 40 € per person for 3-4 participants - 50 € per person for 2 participants

Description : Located on the outskirts of Athens, just 35km from Athens, Koutouki Cave is situated on the eastern slope of Mount Hymettus at 510 meters above sea level at Paiania region. It is the only tourist developed cave in Attica and it has been done so because of the astonishing decoration and beauty of the speleothemes, stalagtites, stalagmites and columns. It was discovered in 1926  by accident and mapped out in 1954, during the 1960s there were efforts made to make this site accessible to visitors, which as a result has created some infrastructure for the tourist development of the cave. Since 2000, its preservation has been entrusted to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Recent restoration works have finished and the cave is open to the public. The cave consists of a single chamber 60X60 meters, which is divided into smaller parts by astonishing stalagmite curtains. The cave is accessed by a 17-meter-long tunnel, as its natural entrance is located at the roof of the cave.The route for visitors covers a distance of 350 meters inside the cave on a paved route.

 

Location : Paiania.

Hiking : Easy

Activity duration : 2-3 hours

What's included :

- Entrance fee

- Expert local guide.

- Vat and taxes.

What you should bring :

- Water and snack, light clothing, sports shoes with good grip.

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