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Melissani Lake

Listed under Caves & Caving in Ionian Islands, Greece.

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This underground cave and lake has a sheer opening up to the sky, and looking down into it it's easy to imagine why it was called the Cave of Nymphs, this would surely be the kind of place nymphs would live.  Proof of someone from ancient times visiting the cave has been found, if not proof of nymphs, the first people to explore it in modern times, in 1951, found a lamp dating from the Minoan era, as well as several plates and a statue believed to be of Pan.  

The best time to visit the lake is on a sunny day in the middle of the day, when the sun shines down from overhead and lights up the exposed side of the B shaped cave with blue light bounced off the water.  The covered section of cave has some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites which you can see if you take a boat tour round the whole thing.  

Written by  Nell Anderson.

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