Caving in Greece in Thessaly (Pelion, Meteora, etc.)


This generally inaccessible cave is located at 3.9 km southwest of the town of Farsala in the Alogopati position, on the slopes of Karapla, above the southernmost tip of the Enipea valley.
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Archaeologists have discovered evidence that the cave, located in the area of Aghios Athanasios, was used during the Mycenaean and Neolithic times.
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Between the Aghios Nikolaos of Flabourio and the sandy coast of Limnionas, at the edge of Veneto-Old Mitzela, small and large caves are found within the coastal rocks.
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This beautiful mountain village played a pivotal role during the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and during WWII as in each war the resistance movement based its headquarters in Pahtouri.
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When you visit this beautiful mountain village, ask the locals for directions to Kokkini Spilia.
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If you want a taste of winter in the middle of summer, head to Kriakoura cave. Nestled at the top of the mountain, it is so high up you’ll find snow inside all year.
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If you’re an experienced spelunker and you’re feeling adventurous, this is the cave for you. Close to a mountain village, this cave is rarely explored and is undeveloped.
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The village of Agios Akakios in Ithomi, 10 km from Fanari, lies the cave of Aetofolia (Eagle's nest). It is 260 metres long and at least 40,000 years old. This great cave is northwest of the village and easily accessible. Its walls have been polished by the flow of water marked by amazing stalactites and stalagmites.
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Archaeological and geological studies have been carried out in around 10 caves and rock shelters around Lake Karla, including at the famous Aghios Athanasios cave, which is relatively small but highly impressive because of its beautiful rock formations.
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Translated as Bear Hole, this cave will enthrall all spelunkers. Stalactites adorn the cave’s main chamber which makes it a must-see. Hike to Koziakas Lake nearby.
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Stefaniada is a village within the municipality of Athamanon. At Paleokaria there is an unexplored cave.
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At a distance of five kilometres from Mitropoli are the woods called, Hilia Dendra (a thousand trees), a source of water and shade with tavernas and coffee shops for visitors. Five kilometres east of Mitropoli is a cave with stalagmites and stalactites.
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Ellinokastro (meaning Hellenic Castle) within the Municipality of Mouzaki at an altitude of 550 meters has a magnificent view looking towards the ridge-crests of the Pindos Range. The cave of the Arapi (meaning Black Man) can be reached part of the distance by dirt road, and the remainder by a rugged mountain path.
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The largely unexplored Cave of Gaki contains stalactites and stalagmites. Notable caves in the area are also those of Kaimakia in the canyon of the Karitsiotis River. The nearby peaks of Mourlero at 2032 meters and Karamanolis at 1700 meters offer great views of Plastiras Lake.
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Leontito is a village in the Athamanon Community surrounded by fir forest and fruit trees. Two caves have been located in the region.
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The village district of Petroto (meaning 'rock strewn') is 54 from Mouzaki and 12 kilometres from Anthiro and Kali Komi. Its altitude is 650 metres. The caves of Meintani, Haidodi, and Avrisko are found within the Petroto area.
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Anthiro is is 50 kilometres from Mouzaki and 36 kilometres from Pili, Trikala. There are two caves in Anthiro: the Kleftovrissi (Bandit Spring) and the Stavros (The Cross).
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The village of Porti, 6 km northwest of Mouzaki has an altitude of 650 metres. Forested areas and Mount Itamos offer great views and nature. There are caves at the locality called Skala.
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Thrapsimi in Menelaides is 30 km from both Karditsa and Sofades at an altitude of 650 metres. Two caves are found within the limestone 'Rock', 1500 metres northwest of the village: these are Arkoudotripa (Bear Hole) and Dimakotripa (Hole of Dimakos) with a depth of about thirty square metres.
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A large vertical cave located 2 km. from the village of Kanalia, at an altitude of 440 meters. It has a total depth of around 43 meters and is considered one of the most beautiful vertical caves of Pelion.
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Somewhere in the region of Pezoula, Neraida and Neohori, on the hills above Lake Plastira, there are reports of an unexplored cave called Drakotripa (Dragon's Hole) on the way to the peak of Karamanolis. Ask the locals for more information.
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Ellinopirgos is 27 km from Karditsa and lies in municipality of Ithomi. It is a picturesque settlement built in a natural amphitheatre at 640 metres altitude. The village has been designated a site for cultural preservation. Near the watermill, an unexplored cave is found called the Hole of Lolo.
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Karvassaras is a village within the municipality of Nevropoli Agrafon with an altitude of 1200 metres. The Cave of Kaimakia is unexplored, located 5 km along the road from Vainia towards Petrilo, 500 metres to the right of the road. A rushing stream flows from the cave and over a small waterfall.
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If you love hiking and spelunking, these twin caves near Messohora Village are perfect for you. Located at an altitude of 800 meters, you’ll enjoy searching for them and then exploring their beautiful chambers.
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Experienced spelunkers will find this stunning cave at an altitude of 1340 m along the mountain ridge. It’s unexplored but its beauty is still well-known – ask the locals for tips and advice before venturing in to admire the cave chamber dripping with stalactites and stalagmites.
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If you love to study geology and how all geological systems inter-relate, this is the cave for you. An underground river surfaces in Lengo Cave, which makes this cave one of the most interesting in the region.
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Marathos village is in the municipality of Acheloos, standing at an altitude of 640 metres. The Acheloos River crosses Marathos, combining several fresh water springs such as the Birta with a tap, the Dihali, and the Tsiongari. The woods include fir, plane trees, and shrub oak. There are caves at Kapsali and Marathos.
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If you’re an adventurous spelunker, this cave is perfect for you. It’s unexplored and a bit of a mystery, so as long as you take all possible precautions, it could provide a wonderful opportunity for experienced spelunkers.
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This wonderful cave is located beside a quaint mountain village. As you hike through the region, look for the watermill of St. Minas and this beautiful cave.
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Explore this beautiful cave that sits at 1050 meters, beside the village. It will always feel cool in the cave – in fact, the cave is famous for doubling as a natural refrigerator. Locals used to store ice here in the summer.
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