We went there with our two children, we drove through a beautiful small town next to the foot of the mountain。 The ride up the mountain is twisting and turning, and is a bit of a climb for the car。 And the view is spectacular。 The Cave itself is very beautiful, and with a terrible history。 It's fascinating to walk around in and you can take some really beautiful pictures from there。If we'd had more time, we would have stopped in the charming little town for dinner, but we had to pass。 All in all is a lovely trip to a beautiful place。
Certain photos inside the cave Melidoni carried something unusual we discussed with my wife。 Actually, some evidences say they felt strange or even bad after stepping down or leaving。 But first of all beware of slippery steps - not ghouls。 I myself do believe that such an act of utter atrocity by Turkish invaders - 370 Cretan people were burnt in the cave alive - leave an energetic or, say, emotional track in time。 Anyway, the place is special and despite the cave itself isn't large, it is worth seeing。 A magnificent view of Psiloritis (Mt。 Ida 2456 mt), the highest point of Crete, comes as a bonus。 Signs indicate all the easy way from EO (ethniki othos - highway) and Perama。 Some 10 kms from national road。
The caves are interesting regarding Melidoni's history and the stone are beautiful。 Meanwhile, the visit is not very long, but it depends if the whole cave is open or not。 Contact them before going there。
We were in the south east of Crete and tried to go to some caves there, but without success. Our map was not detail enough. We found one sign but no caves. Later on our way from Rethymnon to Herlaklion we seen on sign and thought we would try again if we seen another. It appears there three exits from the National Road that go to the Melidoni cave. We found our way and glad we did. Having never been to a cave before it was quite impressive. I think most houses would easily fit inside. Entrance was 3E each. Great views from the parking lot.
An impressive series of hairpin bends mark the climb out of Melidoni (sleepy, charming, antiquated village) up to the entrance to the cave, which is marked with a tiny chapel and ticket kiosk and small restaurant. Tickets bought (3.50E per person) you make small climb up steps and then down steps into an amazing and substantial cave with beautiful altar at the bottom. The rock formations are substantial and amazing and, viewed in the knowledge of the atrocities committed in this very space, the whole vista and experience is very impressive. Well worth a trip - the view to the mountains are also impressive
This cave is in a stunning location, with beautiful views from the terrace outside. Not all parts of the cave were open but we got some lovely photos of the stalagtites and stalagmites which were cleverly lit up. The entrance is rather dark and slippery so you need to be careful and it is not suited to anyone not sturdy on their feet.
The road up to the cave has lovely views as it twists and turns it's way to the car park. The cave itself is only a short walk from the car park with steps leading down to the cave.The cave itself is beautiful with all the stalagmites and stalactites as well as interesting rock formations. It is also very historical and thought provoking due to the history of the cave. In 1824 340 men woman and children were taking refuge in the cave when the Turks set a fire at the entrance of the cave killing all the occupants. Inside the cave is a communal tomb as well as a plaque in memory of the dead.I also have to say that due to the staff I would give 6 stars if I could with a special mention to Spiros........just as we arrived at the car park somebody pointed to the back of our jeep and low and behold we had a slow puncture. Mrs Jock asked what I was going to do and I replied....nothing we will enjoy the cave and then worry about the tyre afterwards. When we arrived back at the jeep Spiros (as well as a tourist who was a mechanic came to help) wrestled with the jack and helped me change the wheel ( a jeep sure isn't as easy as a car :-) ). So a massive thanks to Spiros for your help :-)
You need a car, and some bravery to climb up to the Melidoni Cave, but once you get there you will be glad。There is a modest admission fee to pay, but after that you are left to explore on your own。 The cave itself is quite large and a well made path zig zags down into it ensuring you won't miss any of it。 Coloured lights illuminate the different formations。It's as simple as that really, and when you've done, there are toilets and a bar/taverna and a view to die for from the terrace at the entrance
So close to our hotel. The visit were free for us since we were neighbours. No tour but a pamflet to explain the case's history.
Definitely worth a trip... We spent the day doing a lonely planet 1 day tour in our hire car ending up these majestic caves. When we arrived we had the whole place to ourselves, it is a very spectacular and interesting place and one of the best places we visited.