Melissani Cave

About the Experience

E xperience the magic of the Cave of Melissani in Kefalonia, Greece. This captivating tourist attraction is located just outside Sami and boasts a unique feature - a lake inside the cave surrounded by lush trees and forests. The cave is shaped like the letter B, with two chambers separated by an island in the centre. The first chamber is sun-lit, and the second is dark, adorned with stalactites covered in algae and moss. Centuries ago, the roof of one of the halls caved in, allowing sunlight to filter in, illuminating the turquoise-blue waters of the 20 to the 30-meter-deep lake. At noon, the sunlight creates a magical illusion, lighting the entire cave with blue light. The best time to visit the cave is in the morning or evening, when the slanting rays create an ethereal feeling of boats hovering in the light. The lake's water is a mixture of freshwater and seawater, about 500 meters from the sea and 1 meter above sea level. The Cave of Melissani is a memorable and lasting attraction, leaving an indelible impression on all who visit. According to legend, the cave took its name from the nymph Melissanthi, who committed suicide when God Pan did not reciprocate her love. Excavations in 1962 uncovered many artefacts, including figures of nymphs dating back to the 3rd and 4th century BC, lending credence to the myth. Adventurers can enter the cave through an underground path and explore the cave's mystical lake on a boat tour. Take advantage of the chance to explore one of Greece's most significant tourist attractions, the Cave of Melissani.

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