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Charkadio Cave

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Charkadio Cave

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Derek_Basilios wrote a review Jun 2019
Bentham, United Kingdom97 contributions37 helpful votes
The cave is secured - you cannot enter. There’s a tiny one-room museum in Megalo Horio, but a new one is being built. Apparently opening this summer but, on walking past yesterday I’d say next year. Possibly. Definitely metavrio. The wee museM is free and worth a look if you’re nearby.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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David D wrote a review Jun 2019
Devon, United Kingdom8,730 contributions1,455 helpful votes
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Wednesday 12th June and we followed the signposts directing us to this cave, which is roughly 2.5 kilometres from the turning off the main road between Megalo Chorio and Livadia. We parked up, by the large metal gates, which looked to be locked, but just had a bolt on so we let ourselves in. There was a rather faded sign on the gate requesting that we closed the gate, which we did both on the way in and out. It was virtually deserted when we visited, there was one other car parked by the gateway, so it was easy for us to stoll around at our pace. Definitely not suitable for children in a buggy or people with lower limb problems. We proceeded along a dusty gravel roadway, a very short walk, and we arrived at a semi-circle amphitheatre style seating areas, which all looked reasonably new. Nearby was a small fountain/spring. We followed the steep pathway, upwards, which took about 10 minutes, near the top there were around 30 steep uneven stone steps. When we reach the cave, it was closed with metal gates which had not been opened for sometime. The was a metal plate attached to the gate, with the following engraved on it :- "The University of Athens Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment. Charkadio Cave Palaeontology Excavation Financed by the Secretary General of Aegean and Island Policy" Looking between the railings it was clear that there was some machinery in the cave and work had been undertaken but not for some considerable time. Although the cave was closed were were treated to some incredible views. Nearby there was a recently built Archaeological and Geological Centre, this was also closed and vacated. It looked like the funding for the Project had run out and had sadly been abandoned. It is worth taking the time to visit, if passing along the road, would not make a specific journey just to visit the Cave.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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