Experience the Blue Caves of Zakynthos
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The Greek island of Zakynthos is blessed with the natural beauty of olive groves, steep and rocky mountains, lush vegetation, cliffs that extend into the sea, and beaches that take your breath away. Zakynthos is also home to wonderous caves. The most well-known of these caves are the Blue Caves. Here’s what you should know about the Blue Caves in Zakynthos, Greece.
Getting to the Blue Caves of Zakynthos
Getting to the island of Zakynthos can by done by ferry from Killini, which takes about an hour or by plane from Athens who receives international flights.
As mentioned, the easiest way to reach the Blue Caves of Zakynthos is by boat tour. This is the perfect way to not only see the Blue Caves, but learn more about them from an expert guide and see surrounding areas as well.
About the Blue Caves of Zakynthos
The Blue Caves are one of Zakynthos, Greece’s most popular attraction. Located at the northwest coast of the island, these beautiful geological formations begin just after Agios Nikolaos and go to Skinari Cape. Their name comes from color of the water, which is created by light reflecting off of it. The series of geological formations have been created naturally by erosion. The limestone arches are just large enough to allow small boars to pass through.
The largest cave is called Kianon, named for cyan, has stalactites that hang from the top of the cave. Kianon is one of the caves that you can visit. The caves were discovered in 1897 by Antonio Komouto.
Tour the Blue Caves of Zakynthos
The best way to see the Blue Caves of Zakynthos is by a boat tour. The caves are only accessible by sea except for one spot between Agios Nikolaos and Skinari Cape. You can get there by car and then descend about 100 steps to a piece of coast where the caves are located. When you reach the bottom, there are some rocks. The rocks aren’t ideal for relaxing on, but the area is a good place to swim around and explore the caves.
The Blue Caves of Zakynthos are a popular place for scuba divers. If you want to scuba dive, it’s recommended you be experienced and go with experienced guides. A wonderful time to visit the Blue Caves is in the morning when the light is most abundant. If you can’t visit then, don’t worry, you will experience the amazing colors any time of day. During the late afternoon, the sea is a more reddish color thanks to the setting sun.
The Blue Caves of Zakynthos are usually part of any boat tour around Zakynthos. As one of the island’s most popular sites, the Blue Caves attract many visitors. Some of the boat tours also include Shipwreck Beach, which is another well-known attraction in Zakynthos. Shipwreck Beach is also known as Navagio Beach and Smugglers Cove. The beach is aptly named for the abandoned ship that still rests that.
When visiting Zakynthos, don’t miss out on the breathtaking Blue Caves.
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