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The Cave of Zas in Naxos, Cyclades: The Cave of Zas is located at the western side of Mount Zas, at an altitude of 600 meters. According to the Greek mythology, God Zeus was raised here as he found shelter in the cave while he was prosecuted by his father, Kronus. Afterward, it was here that he was given the mighty lighting that made him ruler of Olympus and to honor him, the Naxians named the mountain as well as cave after him.
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The cave exhibits unique geological interest. A 10 meters high and 2,5 meters wide gate leads to the impressive interior of the cave, that can reach 115 of height and 75 meters in width. The cave has imposing stalactites and stalagmites, while archaeological research in 1962 brought to light finding from various historical periods (Neolithic, Roman etc.) During the Ottoman Sovereignty, it was used as a refuge, and near the entrance, you can find the chapel of Zoodochos Pigi.
If you are interested in visiting the cave, you can choose between two different paths, one starting off Filoti and the other off Danakos village, near the church of Agia Marina. Special signs will provide you guidance, while near the cave you will find the fountain of Aries, with it crystal-clear, drinkable water. The view from the cave to the Aegean Sea is spectacular, while there are rich flora and fauna in the surrounding area.
The Cave of Zas is located in Filoti village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Naxos 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 book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Naxos with as little as 15 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Cave of Zas and many other places of interest in Naxos at their own pace.
Public transfers: 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. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.
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