Gythion (Sparta), Greece
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Drive from the pier by motor coach to the Diros Caves, which were discovered in 1958. The caves are perhaps the most important natural site in Greece. The Paleolithic and Neolithic artifacts found here, many of which are on display in the museum, mean that the caves were one of the earliest-inhabited places in Greece. Among other findings were complete human skeletons of the unburied dead. The find suggests that, at the close of the Neolithic period or at the beginning of the Bronze Age, a severe earthquake shook the area blocking the mouth of the cave so that its inhabitants were walled up and died of starvation. The cave entrance remained sealed for some 4,500 years, until its recent discovery.
On arrival at the caves, you will board a small fishing boat, which takes you on an exploration of the caves. Each chamber was given a name according to its shape by the first speleologists to explore the caves.
Enjoy free time to explore on your own before the return drive to the pier.
Please note: The drive to the caves is approximately 60 minutes each way. The path at the caves can be slippery; please wear appropriate footwear. Not advisable for guests who are claustrophobic. In the event of heavy rainfall, the caves may be closed without warning.