Kalymnos is one of the islands with the richest cave presence. There are in fact sixteen caves scattered all over the island, many of which have been inhabited since antiquity. Given their geomorphology, these limestone caves provide the ultimate spectacle to those interested in eco-tourism. Whether you are an experienced spelunker or just a novice, you will be fascinated by these fierce and grandiose masterpieces of nature. Below you will find information about the major Kalymnos caves available for you to visit.
Kefalas Cave is also known as the Cave of Zeus and is 103 meters long. The cave was used to worship Zeus, which explains its alternative name. It is certainly impressive due to its length, as well as the imposing stalactites and stalagmites inside. Just after the Monastery of Saint Catherine, the cave is located within short distance from Pothia. Kefalas Cave is open to the public and therefore you can visit the natural site and enjoy the toll of time on carved stone.
Epta Parthenon Cave is the Cave of the Seven Virgins. It is alternatively known as the Cave of the Seven Nymphs and you will find it in Flaskas area. According to the legend, seven girls used the cave to hide from pirates. Unfortunately, they did not manage to get out of there. Archaeological findings feature offerings to the nymphs and so it is safe to assume that it was used as a sacred place in antiquity. There is a small lake with stairs carved on the stone indoors.
On the western part of Kalymnos, there is another great attraction to consider. The Cave of the Monastic Cell of Timios Stavros holds an impressive story. Locals from the island explored the cave and found a cross. They thought it was holy ground and therefore turned the cave into a church or to be more precise a place of worship to God. Of course, there are many other places to visit in Kalymnos, cave-wise. Skalia Cave or Saint John’s Cave in Massouri and Stimenia Cave in the area of Saint Nicholas, Choiromantres Cave and Daskalio Cave, these are all impressive natural sites on the island. Have fun exploring the ground and its hidden treasures in Kalymnos caves!