Naxos Cave of Zas

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Location: Filoti

The Cave of Zas is located on the western side of Mount Zas, at an altitude of 600 meters..
According to Greek mythology, Zeus was raised there as he found shelter in the cave while prosecuted by his father, Titan Cronus.
Afterward, it was there that he was given the mighty lighting that made him the ruler of Olympus. To honor him, the Naxians named the mountain and the cave after him.

The cave exhibits are of unique geological interest. A 10 meters high and 2,5 meters wide gate leads to the impressive interior, which can reach 115 meters in height and 75 meters in width.
The cave boasts impressive stalactites and stalagmites, while archaeological research in 1962 unveiled findings from various historical periods (Neolithic, Roman, etc.).
During Ottoman Sovereignty, it comprised a refuge for the residents.

If you are interested in visiting the cave, you get there by car but a 20 minutes hike is also necssary. Signs provide guidance, while near the cave lies Aria spring, with its crystal-clear, drinkable water. Near the entrance, one also encounters the chapel of Zoodochos Pigi.

The view from the cave to the Aegean Sea is spectacular, and rich flora and fauna overrun the surrounding area.

How to get there

The Cave of Zas is located in Filoti village.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 22850 25835, 0030 22850 24829, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car in Naxos and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Cave of Zas and many other places of interest at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the Port of Naxos. There are several buses from Chora to Filoti during the day. Lines 2 and 6 reach Filoti. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



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