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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Discovering the Cave of Peramatos in Ioannina

One of the most impressive caves in Europe and the second largest in Greece is the Cave of Peramatos located 4 kilometres from the city of Ioannina. A mythical world beyond your imagination waits for you there to discover it.

It was accidentally discovered by locals who were searching for a hiding place from the Nazis in 1940. Speleologists later made a detailed exploration into the cave and discovered some of the most spectacular examples of stalactites and stalagmites throughout Greece. The cave spans nearly 15,000 square meters and includes 19 different types of stalactites and stalagmites as well as underground lakes and fossils of animal teeth and bones. An area of just over 1000 square meters is open to the public and guided tours average around 45 minutes to complete.

The cave is open to visitors year-round from 8 am until sunset. Cost of admission is 6 Euros per person, and students and families with multiple children pay 2.5 Euros.

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