Diros Caves, Mani
The caves of Diros: Glyphada (or Vlyhada) Alepotripa and Kataphygi are situated south of Areopolis.
Glyphada or Vlyhada: Its temperature fluctuates from 16°C to 20°C. The temperature of the water is around 12°C. Passages of about 5,000 m have been explored while its total area is 33,400 sq.m. The existence of the cave has been known since 1900 and was explored 1949 by John Petrochilos. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful lake caves in the world. In its interior, fossilised animals which existed 2 million years ago have been discovered.
Alepotripa: It is situated 200m. east of Vlyhada and was discovered in 1958. It was explored by Mr. and Mrs. Petrochilos. The finds provide evidence of human settlement in the cave 6,000 years ago; many of the finds are exhibited in the “Stone Age Museum” of Diros situated at the entrance of the cave. The area of this cave is 6,500 sq.m., 600 sq.m. of which consist of land and the rest is covered by the water of an underground river. The average temperature of the cave is 19°C and of the water 18°C.
Kataphygi: It is located 500m on the left side of the road that leads to the former two caves. It has an area of 2,700 sq.m. whereas the length of its passages is 700m.
DIROS CAVES: 8.00-15.00 daily “VLYCHADA” CAVE: 0733-52222
NEOLITHIC MUSEUM OF DIROS: 0733-52223
Open daily 08.30-15.00 except Mondays.