Caving - Spelunking

Caving and spelunking is a subterrain activity for people who want to explore cave systems for scientific, sports, recreational and local exploration of an area with caves. It is an activity that combines hiking, climbing, mountainering and outdoor exploring. On it's extreme version it requires cave diving techniques in order to pass through passages covered with water. 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. Caving can be dangerous without special training and equipment. We can arrange half day trips to local sights of interest taken all the safety requirements.

Arhedimos Cave - Mt Hymettos

Prices : 70 euros per person for minimum participation 2 people, 60 euros per person for minimum participation 4 people.

Description : 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 sculptered on the rock resembling the artist itself, human and animal figures. The cave has been partially destroyed and lutted through out the centuries. Within short distance there is the varathro cave of Sikia, a 20 meter deep crater with a huge fig tree covering the surface.

Location : South suburbs, Mountain Hymettos.

Hiking : Easy

Activity duration : ~4 hours

What's included :

-Roundtrip transfer from Athens.

-Expert local guide.

-Mountain first aid kit.  

-Helmet.

-Flashlight.

-Snack, water.

-Vat.

 

What you should bring :

- Extra pair of clothes that will get dirty, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

Panas Cave - Mt Parnitha

Prices : 70 euros per person for minimum participation 2 people, 60 euros per person for minimum participation 4 people.

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 archaiological site, worth visiting. No previous experience needed.

Duration : 5-6 hours.

Location : Fyli area, mountain Parnitha

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

What's included :

-Roundtrip transfer from central Athens.

-Expert local guide.

-Plan route.

-Mountain first aid kit. 

-Helmet.

-Flashlight.

-Snack, water.

-Vat.

What you should bring :

- Extra pair of clothes that will get dirty, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

Cave of Ntavelis - Mt Penteli

Prices : 70 euros per person for minimum participation 2 people, 60 euros per person for minimum participation 4 people.

Description : The Cave of Ntavelis or Amomon or Cave of Penteli, is located on the southwest side of Penteli mountain 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. On recent years it was linked with the name of a local bandit, called Ntavelis. The authentity and the relation between places and folk figures are still in doubt. The cave is 112 meters in lenth, 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 monument. The cave is not developed as a touristical site.

 

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.

Duration :  4-5 hours activity.

Location : Mountain Penteli.

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

What's included :

-Roundtrip transfer from central Athens.

-Expert local guide.

-Plan route.

-Mountain first aid kit. 

-Helmet.

-Flashlight.

-Snack, water.

-Vat.

What you should bring :

- Extra pair of clothes that will get dirty, mountain boots or sports shoes with good grip.

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