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Melissani Cave | Kefalonia | The Cave of the Nymphs

Updated: Apr 23

Melissani Cave (also known as Melissani Lake) is a gorgeous cave with two halls separated by a small island in Kefalonia Greece. Watching the footsteps of experienced travelers will reveal to you the magic of this cave and be careful to follow the right advice regarding the most appropriate times of the day for this visit.

Tour by boat tourists in Melissani Cave | Photo by: ID 140386675 © Alika Obrazovskaya | Dreamstime.com


The Myth

The Cave of the Nymphs, as local people call it, was believed to be named after a girl, Melissanthi, who, while trying to find her sheep, fell into the lake of the cave and died. Other locals believe that a nymph called Melissani fell into the lake and died because god Pan rejected her love. They also believe that the stalagmites of the cave are the dolphins (which became stalagmites when Melissani died) with the help of which Melissani was sending her messages to Pan.

The cave from a drone | Photo by: iStock.com | JordeAngjelovik


Facts

The cave, discovered in 1951 by Giannis Petrochilos, is 500 m. away from the sea, it is surrounded by trees and forest and it is well known as one of the world's cleanest lakes. It is close to the mountains of Evmorfia and Agia Dynati. It has the shape of the letter B, i.e. it has two water halls with a small island between them. The first hall has a big oval opening, from which sunlight enters the cave. When the sun is exactly over the cave, the hall is lightened with a beautiful blue light. The second hall is dark, covered with stalagmites and algae. The bottom of the lake is stone-covered and the water, at a level of one meter higher than sea level, is a mixture of salty and sweet water. In the excavations of 1962, the archaeologists discovered plates and small statues depicturing the god Pan and some of the Nymphs. For one of the best videos you can watch, visit SvetPutovanja.


Open to Public

During summer, from beginning of May until end October, the cave is open from 9 am until 7 pm. During winter, while many visitors still visit the cave, the cave opens only on Thursday and weekends, from 10 am until 4 pm.


Melissani Cave Kefalonia Price

Approximately 7 Euro per person including boat trip. For children the price is almost half. You can organize this visit with Viator.

How to Get to Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave is at the north east coast of Kefalonia, with satisfactory road access. It is just some minutes away from Karavomylos village, close to Sami.


Location

Longitude: 20.6 (20°37′25″) E

Latitude: 38.26 (38°15′25″) N​

Best Period to Visit

September - October


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