4km from the village of Paiania, Peania.
To the east of Athens, on the eastern slope of Mount Ymittos.
Near the Athens Airport.
As the new motorway from Athens to the airport is built at the moment, the whole area is big building site. They plan to inaugurate it in 2003, but 2004 with the Olympic Games is the deadline. We will try to give a description then. At the moment we suggest a taxi.
|Open:||All year daily 9-16:30|
|Fee:||Adults EUR 2.|
A. Bartsiokas, G. Vouyouklis (1983):
Touristic exploitation of caves and its influence to the troglobite fauna: the case of Koutouki cave, Attica.,
International meeting on the show caves and their problems.
Athens 1983: 247-248 (Greek summary)
|Address:||Koutouki cave, Peania, Tel: +30-10-6642910 or +30-10-6642108.|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Koutouki Cave is an vertical cave and its entry shaft is 38.5m deep. At the bottom of the shaft the cave opens into a single huge cavern (60x60m). The visitor takes a circular route around this large chamber, zig zagging, backwards and forwards along corridors formed by the prolithic array of speleothems. The cave is accesible through an artificial entrance. The visitor sees a light show accompanied by music, showing the turn of a day: day-break, sunrise, midday, nightfall and moonlight.
The story of the discovery is rather typical: A goat grazing on the slopes of Mt. Hymettos (Ymittos) fell into a small crevice whose depth was unknown. S. Vichos volunteered to descend by rope to rescue the animal. Though he found the goat dead, he had much to tell about the marvels he had seen.
Mount Hymettos is a limestone mountain range, running north-south, along the eastern border of athens. The range is around 800m high, with Athens only slightly above sea level. The whole area is karstified, but all caves are vertical caves.
It seems the most important features of of this cave are the huge chamber and the closeness to the capital. This may be the reason why they try to pep up the tour with alight and sound show. The cave is ideal for people arriving or leaving Greece through Athens airport. A visit is only a short taxi ride away.
The town of Paiania was the birth place of the philosopher Socrates (469-399 b.C.), and the renowned orator Demosthenes (384-322 b.C.).