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Corycian Cave

Parnassos National Park


The most impressive cave in Delphi and Parnassos area unfolds its secrets.

Pan’s Cave or Corycian Cave, at an altitude of 1.360 m. at the south west part of Parnassos, above the town of Delphi, within a beautiful forest with fir trees and a great view, was dedicated to the God Pana and the Corycian Nymphs. It has a global reputation, not only for its natural beauty but also for the magic created by the ancient myth, where according to Aeschylus the cave was a place that was visited by divine spirits.

Pierre Amandry explored the cave in 1970, brought into the cold light findings from the Neolithic era and evidences that prove that the area was a place of worship of the ancient gods.

After a wonderful route, the visitor will find himself at the cave to admire the natural sculptures that have been created by the stalactites and the stalagmites.

How to get there

By car: at the 7th km Arachova – Eptalofos at the location Kalivia Livadi there is a relating sign that leads to the cave (see map below). The road is a dirt road that you can drive on, but it is suggested to use a 4X4 vehicle.

Hikers can follow the ancient path used by the worshipers to get to Delphi from the cave. A great part of the path is saved up until today and it is now part of the E4 European long distance path, which begins from the Delphi Archaeological Museum and the duration of the route is about 3.5 hours. Hire a hiking guide and see more info here.

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