THE MYTHICAL 'CAVE OF THE LAKES'

AT KASTRIA ACHAEA

It has something exclusively unique that does not exist in other well known caves

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LYSIPPE, IFINOE AND IFIANASSA

The daughters of the king of Tiryns Proetos and the myth of the cave.

Read about the myth

A rare

creation of nature

with mysterious galleries and strange stalactite formations.

Geology - Morphology

significantly Anthropology

and archaeological findings

Fossilized human and animal bones, including a hippopotamus!

The museum

a stone forest

full of surprises

which causes the imagination to create their own images

Photo gallery

IN THE RHYTHM

OF THE MUSIC OF WATER

Small and larger lakes follow one another.

Photo gallery
Σπήλαιο των Λιμών Δήμος Καλαβρύτων

 KALAVRYTA

Kalavryta and the surrounding area are a resort for all seasons.

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ΠΩΣ ΝΑ ΕΡΘΕΤΕ ΣΤΟ ΣΠΗΛΑΙΟ ΤΩΝ ΛΙΜΝΩΝ

HOW TO GET HERE

The "Cave of Lakes" is located in the village Kastria Achaia 17 km. From Kalavryta.

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ΝΕΑ & ΠΡΟΣΦΟΡΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΣΠΗΛΑΙΟ ΤΩΝ ΛΙΜΝΩΝ

NEWS & OFFERS

Special offers, events and other interesting news about the cave and the surrounding area

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USEFUL LINKS

Ski resort, Holocaust Museum, Rack railway, Useful phone numbers

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SCIENTIFIC
INTEREST

 The "Cave of Lakes" presents paleontological and biospilaiological interest as the lower floor of the cave were found fossilized human bones and various animals including hippopotamus.

Palaeontology - Zooarchaeology

"On the bottom floor of the cave were found fossilized human bones and various animals including hippopotamus!"

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The discovery in the cave in 1965 by I. Melentis, Professor of Palaeontology, of fossil bones of deer and hippopotami has raised, among others, questions related to the area's fauna and flora.

I. Melentis believed that the cave had been used as shelter for the hippopotami in the course of the dry periods, and that the feet of those animals had been adjusted to terrestrial living. The bones were dated to the Middle Pleistocene (500,000-200,000 years before present) and are kept in the Palaeontological Museum of the University of Athens.
According to another view, these fossil bones were carried away by the waters descending from the interior and were redeposited near the cave's entrance.
The opposite view, namely that the bones came from the outside and were found in the cave together with the deposits of the nearest stream, whose level would have been higher, could not be precluded; others claim that they were transported there by carnivores. In any case, the climate in the area must have been rather humid, which would explain the presence of hippopotami. In addition to the above-mentioned, other bones, mainly of animals which were consumed or stalled there during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, were found in the Cave of Lakes. Bones mainly of sheep and goats were found in the cave, while those of pigs and bovines come next. Wild fauna, such as deer and hare, and birds, especially raptors, were also identified. In general, the Cave of Lakes should be considered an area of human settlement and a stable of domestic animals, while wolves, foxes, red deer and bears lived in the wider mountainous environment.

INFORMATION & CONTACTS

OPENING HOURS OF THE CAVE
DAILY from 09:30 to 16:30
Holidays and summer time extension

'CAVE OF LAKES'
Municipality of Kalavrita Achaia
Tel .: +30 26920.31001

Multilanguage Brochure


The magic of myth and cave

 Journey through time in the palace of Helmos fairies


The caves are a place of magic, mysterious and not just for children or poets.

The Cave of the Lakes is not only a superb natural, but also a valuable cultural monument, we need to know from all sides. And since we learn we need to teach our children to listen the secrets of the Earth. So only by this way we can protect the unique nature of the caves. For the youth, knowledge let not stop the imagination and the computer let not abolish the old myth. Let's keep it with our cultural heritage, and let's protect the caves. It is our culture and duty.
 

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