The Cave is open all year round including Bank Holidays and Weekends

JAN-FEB-MAR 9-5
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AUG 9-7
SEP 9-6
OCT-NOV-DEC 9-5

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Ecologigal zones

The cave has been divided into three ecological zones with criteria the light, the temperature and humidity. These zones are:

Entrance zone. This zone includes the distance between the natural entrance and 40 meters further in, that is to say as far as light can get.

Here there is light at day time, while humidity and temperature change all day-night long and all year long

In this zone there are vegetable organisms which follow a grading of the form from the exterior environment towards the cave.

The animal activity is intense, since this is the place where cave's organisms interact with those which live outside the cave entrance.

This is why this zone is particularly significant.

Variable temperature and humidity zone. This zone covers the part between the zone of entrance and artificial entrance due to currents of air

The fluctuations of temperature and humidity are practically stable 9-17oC and 65-95% respectively.

Stable temperature and humidity zone. It includes the rest of the cave. Temperature and humidity are practically stable 17oC and 95% respectively. This zone has immeasurable biological value since it was the natural habitat (before the closing of the natural entrance) apart from others, at least 7 kinds of bats and it is the place where 4 troglovia endemic species live.

Information

According to the Greek Mythology, the Splinx was appearing near the ravine of Aggitis river in the area of "Petroto"

According to the Greek Mythology, the Splinx was appearing near the ravine of Aggitis river in the area of "Petroto"

It's also been said that Ploto, master of Hades, when he had kidnapped Persephon daughter of goddess Dimitra led her to the ravine where it's believed that there were the Gates of the Underworld.

The specific area which is mentioned in these greek Myths is the same one near the Alistratis Cave

The Alistrati cave lies about 6 km southeast of the village of Alistrati at a place called "Petroto". The expanse of the area is almost 14.000m2

At a distance of 250 km from the southern part of the entrance of the cave the railway line from Serres to Drama passes

Near the railway line and on the southern side of it is the Aggitis River.

As a result of the waterflow of the river the limestone layers of the mountain has been corroded and the ravine of Aggitis river has been shaped

The cave is placed 50km away from Serres, 25 km from Drama and 55 km from Kavala.

It is considered to be the most beautiful and most decorated cave in Greece and probably in Europe where nature revealed its power in creating ornaments and impressive rock formations.

Description of the Cave

The antechamber of the cave is 8m height. It's from this point that start different high galleries folly decorated with stalactites and stalagmites.
The main branches of the cave are developed to the left and to the right of the entrance starting from a huge chamber, the Teception Chamber of a width of 60 m, a length of 100m and height of 20-30m

It's in this chamber that nature decided to demonstrate its power in creating ornaments

What fascinates the most is the huge stalactites and those pure white forming draperies. There are other chambers and their height is quite the same 8-10m.

From the reception chamber and towards the left, emerges a second passage, quite parallel to the first .In this gallery there are even some red stalagmites which are called "The flames".The height of these formations reaches 35m. Somewhere in this passages the two main passages join each other and continue with an always increasing width and height while from the ceiling one can see suspended huge and majestic stalactites of a height of 15m.

Inside the cave there are countless floors which are still unknown