Melissani Cave

Melissani cave is located on the Eastern coast of the island of Kefalonia in Greece. It is located about 2 km from the town of Sami and 10 km from Argostoli. The cave is surrounded by forests and in the West lies a mountain slope. Suggest you look at this magical place.

The length of the cave is 100 m, and about one third of its length is of the lake.











For the first time the cave was discovered in 1951, but for tourists it was opened in 1963. The lake water is brackish – unpleasant mix of sea and sweet water. The cave is located about 500 m from the sea, and the water level in the lake is a meter above sea level. The water rises from a cave system at a depth of 30 m with one side of the cave and flows to the other end of the cave. It is calculated in 1959 with the help of specific experiments with paint.

The cave, which once consisted of two large caves, collapsed several thousand years ago. Today the cave has the shape of the letter "V" and two large flooded room with an island in the middle.






In the first grotto there is a large oval hole on the surface where sunlight penetrates. The second cave is a huge grotto with an arched roof and numerous stalactites and stalagmites. It is best to visit the caves in the middle of a bright Sunny day. Tours are conducted by boats in both the grotto.











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