Driving south from Areopoli, it is 8 Km to the village of Pirgos Dirou,
where the road forks off to the underground caves (second and third picture).
The caves are 4Km further on from the main village,
set beside the sea and a small beach (first picture).
Glifada Caves are well-lit and crammed with stalactites where reflections are remarkable.
Alepotrypa Caves are huge chambers in which excavations
have unearthed evidence of prehistoric occupation.
The caves are among the most important natural sites in Greece
and with great archaeological significance.
Glifada: Its temperature ranges from 16°C to
20°C. The water temperature
is around 12°C. Passages of about
5000m have been explored while its
total extent is 33,400sq.m. The
existence of the cave has been
known since 1900, and in 1949 it
was explored by I. Petrochilos. It is
regarded as one of the most beauti-
ful lake caves in the world. In its
interior fossil animals have been
discovered that existed 2 million
Alepotripa: It is situated 200m
east of Glyphada and was discov-
ered in 1958. It was explored by Mr.
and Mrs. Petrochilos. The finds
provide evidence of life in the cave
6,000 years ago many of which are
exhibited in the "Stone Age Museum"
of Diros situated at the
entrance of the cave. The extent of
the cave is 6,500sq.m., 600sq.m. of
which consist of land and the rest is
covered by the water of an under-
ground river. The average tempera-
ture of the cave is 19°C and of the
Kataphigi: It is located 500m. on
the left side of the road that leads to
the former two caves. It has an area
of 2,700sq.m. whereas the length of
its passages is 700m.