One of the most remarkable caves in Greece, the Sfendoni cave covering an area of about 3.000 square meters, is located just 43 kilometers from the town of Heraclion and 52 kilometers from Rethymno. Guided tours take you 270m below ground and through seven chambers with such fanciful names as Sanctuary of the Fairy and Zeus’ Palace. All teem with illuminated stalagmites and stalactites shaped into drapery, organ pipes, domes, curtains, waves and other strange formations. The cave, which is protected by Unesco, is home to over 400 bats who may greet you if you visit in the morning. Tours run roughly every 45 minutes and take about 40 minutes. There is also a small admission price, which varies according to the season. A new 270m-long walkway makes it accessible to everyone.