Melissani Cave, Greece
Ranked #6 in Greece Tourism
Melissani Cave is known to be one of the most remarkable and mythical nature objects in Greece– a sightseeing highlight that cannot be missed while visiting this country and its incredible values. Cave itself is a truly astonishing spot and the breathtaking views of the caves most definitely will stay in your mind for many years after the visitation.
How to get to Melissani Cave
If you want to go to Melissani Cave (sometimes called just Melissani and usually also referred to Melissani Lake), you have to reach the island of Kefalonia, outside the Sami. Even though the place is surrounded by forests and mountain slopes, it is specifically suited for tourists for example you will find plenty of spots for parking your vehicle near the cave. The cave is B-shaped and there you will find two separated chambers, one of that is dark, but the other one is sun-lit and filled with numerous impressive stalagmites and stalactites.
30 meters deep Melissani Lake is the main object of interest that suits tourists the most. At the right daytime, when the sun is right above you, the water of the lake seems unbelievably light. Indeed, while being there, one cannot stop having a sense that this place is something beyond the usual. When it comes to exploring the cave, you should go on a boat tour, which will go round the first hall, then pass the island and then to the second chamber, so you would not miss any part of caves.
There is also a famous myth related to the caves, which tells, that once it was inhabited by nymphs, one of which committed a suicide. The cave was discovered quite late by the scientists (in 1951), but the several historical evidences from 3rd and 4th century BC proves that already in the Hellenic period people strongly related this place to the nymphs and believed that these nature female spirits were living and celebrating their life there.
Visit Kefalonia and take a boat trip around Melissani Cave to make yourself sure that this paradise-kind-of spot actually exists and you will not regret it!