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THE CAVE OF ANTIPAROS ISLAND

High up in the hills of Antiparos you will find the most amazing cave and one of the major tourist attractions of Antiparos (and it should be of the Cyclades, but it is relatively quiet). The cave is opened between 11 and 2 o'clock pm (but that might be different in other periods - I don't know) and an entrance fee of 3 euro in 2009. The stairs of this impressive cave goes down for 1330 steps, is well lighted and forbidden for pregnant women en people with heart problems. Smoking or scratching your name in the cave is forbidden. The pictures we took do not do this cave any justice. The lights make the stone appear yellow sometimes when it is not and it looks much prettier in reality. Besides that I got scared of the heights going down the stairs (although the stairs are solid and have banisters on both sides, but that is just me: I am scared of heights, so I went down one step at a time and very slowly until I got dizzy).

A couple of centuries ago the cave of Antiparos was one of the most famous caves in the world. The cave has both stalagmites and stalactites, although many of them are damaged. Many of them were removed by the Russian navy and taken away to the Kremlin. The stalactites were also used during World war II by the German soldiers for rifle practice. There is also grafitti on the walls that date back as far as 300 years and include grafitti by King Otho of Greece (1840) and Lord Byron. Inside the cave pottery has been found from archaïc times. The cave of Antiparos can be reached by bus or with your own transport.

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