Dirou 

4.3 (4 ratings)
  • 36° 38' 35" N, 22° 22' 46" E / See on the map

Characteristics

  • Anchor
    Allowed
  • Mooring buoys
    Unavailable
  • Anchor stern to
    Unavailable
  • Lines ashore
    Not necessary

Type of seabed

  • Sand

  • Rocks

Protection against wind & swell

4% — Protection score
Sunny
26°C
26.8°C
Wind
  • Speed : 6 knots
  • South West (241°)
Swell
  • Height : 0.3 m
  • West (266°)

Reachable by dinghy

  • Beach
    Available
  • Snack
    Unavailable
  • Water
    Unavailable
  • Dock
    Unavailable

User reviews (4 ratings)

  • Biggi
    Biggi — 15/05/2019
    Victoria | Sailboat — 13.5 m

    Pirgos Dirou. According to Greek statements, it is the most beautiful stalactite cave in Europe. In a half-hour boat ride you glide quietly through the caves, past impressively illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. The vaulted ceiling extends partly so deep down that you have to take a deep breath in the boat. In this "underworld" numerous prehistoric finds and also human bones were discovered, so it is assumed that the caves were inhabited in earlier times. For example, fossilized bones of panthers, hyenas, lions, deer and martens, as well as the largest hippopotamus found in Europe, were discovered in the cave. Stalactites grow everywhere, dripping from the ceiling. Partly it is very narrow, sometimes it goes through almost huge halls full of artistic structures made of lime. Wow .... impressive! The Swiss cave diver Jean-Jacques Bolanz dived in 2006 to a depth of 78 m and found it still to a depth of 71 m stalactites before. An incredible place, we are very impressed. Anchors came wonderfully right in front of the entrance of the cave and we were at 9 o'clock the first and only guests. The finest Greek Café is right in front of the cave.

    Pirgos Dirou. Laut griechischen Aussagen ist sie die schönste Tropfsteinhöhle Europas. In einer halbstündigen Bootsfahrt gleitet man leise durch die Höhlen, vorbei an beeindruckend ausgeleuchteten Stalaktiten und Stalakmiten. Das Deckengewölbe reicht dabei teilweise so tief nach unten, dass sich im Boot noch tief abgeduckt werden muss.   In dieser "Unterwelt" wurde zahlreiche prähistorische Funde und auch menschliche Knochen entdeckt, sodass davon ausgegangen wird, dass die Höhlen in früheren Zeit besiedelt waren. So wurden in der Höhle versteinerte Knochen von Panthern, Hyänen, Löwen, Hirschen und Mardern sowie der größte Fund an Flußpferden in Europa entdeckt. Überall wachsen Stalagtiten, es tropft von der Decke. Teilweise ist es sehr eng, teilweise geht es durch fast riesige Hallen voll mit kunstvollen Gebilden aus Kalk. Wow.... eindrucksvoll! Der Schweizer Höhlentaucher Jean-Jacques Bolanz tauchte 2006 in eine Tiefe von 78 m und fand dabei noch bis in einer Tiefe von 71 m Stalaktiten vor. Ein unglaublicher Ort, wir sind schwer beeindruckt. Ankern kam man wunderbar direkt vor dem Eingang der Höhle und wir waren um 9 Uhr die ersten und einzigen Gäste. Feinster griechischer Café gibt es direkt vor der Höhle.

  • Gregory
    Gregory — 05/01/2019
    Sail La Vie | Sailboat — 12.85 m

    best place to visit Dirou cave.

    best place to visit Dirou cave.

  • Mark
    Mark — 03/09/2019
    Simplicity | Sailboat — 11.25 m

    Great, well protected anchorage with good holding in sand bottom. Held well in the middle of the bay in 30kts. For us the caves were a bit disappointing as there has been a lot of destruction to the formations, we also did the walking section as boats were full, it is a lot shorter than on the maps. They do offer a reprieve from the heat though.

    Great, well protected anchorage with good holding in sand bottom. Held well in the middle of the bay in 30kts. For us the caves were a bit disappointing as there has been a lot of destruction to the formations, we also did the walking section as boats were full, it is a lot shorter than on the maps. They do offer a reprieve from the heat though.

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