Psychro Diktaean Cave of Zeus in Pictures


Psychro Diktaean Cave of Zeus in Pictures

The impressive Cave of Zeus (the Diktaean Cave, or Psychro Cave) is located on the northern slope of Mount Dikti, at an altitude of 1025 m., above the village Psychro in Lassithi Plateau. Starting from the village, there is a 15 min. footpath leading up to the cave, that offers breathtaking views to the Lassithi Plateau, particularly from the entrance level. The cave, which has an area of 2200 sq.m, is arranged for tourists on a well-designed and lit path of 250 m. length.

 Legend says that here Zeus was born and raised and for this reason, it is also called the “Bethlehem of the Ancient World”. Because of this myth, but equally, for its spectacular beauty, speleological, and historical value, it is the most visited cave and one of the top 10 things to do on the island.







Photo by Nick Deris

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