Upon my arrival to Petra kai Fos hotel, the lady told me about one of the most beautiful caves in the world. Of course, everyone would advertise activities in their neighborhood so I didn’t pay so much attention to it. However, the curiosity made me to check it out and take the way to the Diros Cave in Pirgos Diros.
Located at the top of Mani between the town of Pirgos Dirou and Areopolis the entrance is a few meters above the sea. There is also beautiful stone beach. It looks like it has a beach bar, but at this time it was not open. I took advantage of an empty beach to make few shots!
After I arrived at the cave and got my ticket the experience started! My advice is to plan to visit the cave early in the morning as it knows to be crowded and also it closes early. Anyway, let’s choose the boat! Yes, a stairway is leading to an underground lake where the boats are waiting. For safety reason I had to wear a life-vest.
Some sections are wide enough just for the boat to pass! It happened that I was thinking that we will get stuck at some point, but hey, there is experienced guide who knows every detail of the cave as well as the moment to tell me to be careful and to duck the head.
It is not just the drop in temperature that gives us the chills of the cave, but its beautiful and dramatic colors, various shapes formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Those shapes are formed millions of years ago, keeping many mysteries behind them. The explorers didn’t go so far, the total length of researched Diros cave reaches 6.500 meters and is still unknown the final length. Some people say that the caves go even further, maybe as far as Mount Taygetos and Sparta.
The boat trip took about 45 minutes and than there was about 15 minutes walk to the exit. I know that the price is a little bit high, but it is worth of it! You just have to do it! This is one of those stories that you will be sharing with all your friends! It will be awesome if you also visit this cave all together!
After this experience I spoke with my friends and they asked me if I was scared. Not at all, I enjoyed every moment being here. I would recommend everyone to visit the cave. It will be a shame to miss this! Ah, the guide also told me that people believe that giant eels live here, but I guess that it is just a myth. Is it?
Address: Pirgos Dirou, Laconia
Telephone: +30 27330 52222 (Cave), +30 27330 52223 (Neolithic Museum)
Tickets: Full: €12, Reduced: €8
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 15:00