On the East coast of Kefalonia is an impressive cave known as the Cave of the Nymphs. Melissani Cave was discovered in 1951 and opened to visitors in 1963.
The nymph Melissanthi was said to have killed herself in the cave because Pan rejected her love and this is how the name came about.
When the cave was excavated there were important ancient artifacts found ranging from oil lamps and plates to intricate carved figures. All dated back to the Minoan culture. These artifacts are now on display in the Archaeological Museum in Argostoli Town and are well worth seeing.
The area around is forested and the cave itself is about 20 metres underground.
Impressive rocks and clear blue waters are a wonderful sight and you can also see stalactites that date back more than 2000 years.
A series of tunnels connect the cave to island springs.
Many visitors each year visit the cave and entrance is via boat but only smaller vessels can get inside.
Take a guided tour and learn all about the history behind the charming Cave of the Nymphs.
The best time to visit is between noon and 2.00 pm when the light from above cascades down through the mountaintop showing off the stunning clear blue waters.
Melissanni Cave is near to Karavomylos where you can go for trips out on the lake and visit the Casa-Museo. This is a house that shows how life in Kefalonia was lived from the 18th century to 1953, when the earthquake struck.
Melissani Cave is 36.3 kilometres from the airport and 28.1 kilometres from Argostoli Town.
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