Σπηλιά Ολίμπι

Spilia Olimbi - Olimbi Cave - Olymbi Cave - Olympoi Cave - Cave of Sykia


Useful Information

Location: Near Olimbi, Chios Island. 100 m from the street Olympoi to Agia Dynami, 1.5 km from Agia Dynami.
(38.212534, 25.925191)
Open: MAY to SEP Tue-Sun 11-18.
[2021]
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Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: T=18 °C, H=95%, A=110 m asl, VR=50 m.
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Address: Olympi Cave, Olympi, Chios Island, tel: +30-22710-93364, Cell: +30-694-7370372, Cell: +30-694-7370376.
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History

1985 explored by the Greek Speleological Society.

Description

Σπηλιά Ολίμπι (Olympi Cave) is located at the southern tip of the island. It is named after the medieval village Olympi. The small cave has impressive speleothems. The cafe and gift shop at the entrance offer an amazing view of the Aegean Sea.

Olympoi Cave has a main chamber which extends into a passage. Around the main chamber are openings, which in some places form other smaller chambers. In the middle of the chambe is karst fenster, a natural entrance where the sun rays enter as a result of a collapse of the ceiling. The natural colours of the speleothems are red, yellow and white. Some samples were dated and the oldest is 230,000 years old.