Nida Plateau - Kamares cave

Details

DURATION

6 - 8 hours

DIFFICULTY

Medium

GROUP SIZE

2 - 6 persons

SCHEDULE

Every Friday

TYPE

Small group

PICK UP TIME

07:00 (Depending on your hotel)

PICK UP PLACE

Hotels in Rethymno district

Price List

Highlights

  • Explore the villages in Nida Plateau 
  • Hike through Vorizia gorge
  • Visit the Kamares cave
  • Walk through stone shelters, used by local shepherds, and high region forests
  • Stop for a pique-nique with the most amazing view
  • Enjoy the view of the entire south coast 
  • Visit the cave where god Zeus was born 
ITINERARY

Every Stop a Unique Experience

Towards caves and gorges

Towards caves and gorges

For this walk we drive towards the Nida plateau at 1450 meters. The path starts at the Poros tis Milias which is also the northern side of the Vorizia gorge. This path, leading up to Kamares cave is well maintained and leads us along stone shelters used by local shepherds and high region forests while the view becomes more impressive step by step. Once we reach the cave we can see the entire Messara region, the south coast of Heraklion perfecture and the Vorizia gorge from an altitude of 1780 meters! After descending back to the Nida plateau, we will visit the famous Idaion Andron cave, where according to the Greek Mythology, the olympian god Zeus grew up.

This day starts with a drive through the region Mylopotamos and one of the highest village of Crete, Anogeia, to reach the Nida plateau at 1450 meters. This plateau is the place where the goddess Demeterfell in love with the human Jason and where Zeud was born. Our walk starts at the Poros tis Milias (passage) at the souhtern side of the high plain, which is the north exit of the Vorizia gorge. We will soon pass some springs and some typical stone-built shepherds’ shelters, called "mitato". Upon moving further towards the south we can see the entire Messara region and the coast near Matala. Some parts of the walk are in the shade of oak trees which allows us to sit down and have short break to enjoy the view, a snack and a rest. After that we reach the Kamares cave at 1700 meters where the famous ‘Eggshell Pottery’ (part of the permanent exhibition in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion) was found. This pottery dates back to minoan culture and is incredibly thin and finely made, the items are believed to have been offerings to the Goddess of Childbirth Eileithya, who was worshipped in this cave. After exploring the cave we will start our descent during which we can have a picnic break. Once back on the Nida plateau we will pay a visit to the Idaion Andron cave where the Ancient Greek god Zeus was born.

What’s Included

Hotel pick up and drop off (Only Rethymno district)

English or French speaking guide

Local driver/guide​

Transport by air-conditioned car​/mini bus

Exploring the Nida Plateau

Visiting the cave of Zeus

Walk in the Vorizia gorge

Pique-nique on the trail (vegetarian options included)

All taxes, fees and handling charges​

Lots of adventure and laughter :)

1-2 ADULTS

120 EURO P/P
3 ADULTS100 EURO P/P
CHILDREN (3 - 12)90 EURO P/C

INFANTS (0 - 2)

FREE
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