TREKKING & CAVING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF EAST CRETE A journey to the most extensive forest area of Crete and the legentary cave of Neraidogoula

The travellers of PETASSOS will plunge into the mysterious physical phenomenon of the cave Neraidogoula, which is a vivid legend for the inhabitants of the surrounding area. The trip includes a walk in a track of the most extensive forest area of the cretan mountains, and an underground exploration in the legendary cave. Our travelers, with the support of our qualified speleologist, will participate in a simulation of a caving expedition, trying to resolve the mystery of the cave's peculiar function that causes the awe of the locals even nowadays! The programme includes a picnic in nature and an early dinner.


"In the streams and in the caves, there live the fairies… and when they get angry, they come out and drown whoever comes across their way!" That is why one should never tread around the cave of Neraidogoula - for it may open up and you might be washed away by the gushing water…

This was what the elders told the young ones to teach them how to respect the mountain and its elements. Indeed, this strange cave would start gushing water at its opening, with no apparent reason, at most unconventional times, even in the summer, during heat-waves…. It was an inexplicable phenomenon. How can one not believe in fairies or in their wrath?

Travellers with PETASSOS have the chance to explore this mysterious physical phenomenon at the cave of Neraidogoula, which still occurs today. We walk through the biggest forest on Crete and then we go underground to explore the secrets at the heart of the mountain in Lasithi.

The trek takes place in a well organized rocky and soil path in the forest of Selakano.



  • Starting location: Village Selakano
  • Stop at the village “Christos” in Lassithi Prefecture. Short guidance.
  • Arrival at Selakano, trekking in the forest and arrival to the entrance of the cave. Rest and brunch.
  • Exploring the cave. Discussion on geological and speleological issues.
  • Return to the village Selakano and dining at the local "kafeneio" of Mrs Stella.


The price includes:

  • Experienced speleologist
  • Personal accident insurance, powed by Lloyd's Insurance company.
  • Thematic booklet
  • Helmets, healamps, batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Walking poles (on request, depending on availability)
  • Light lunch in nature
  • Early dinner in a local kafeneio
  • Water (1 lt)
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transport from/to your accommodation (upon request)
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion.
* Children can participate from the age of 10, given they have a relative trekking experience.
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen oil, Hat, Sunglasses │ Windproof │ Shoes for trekking │ Small rucksack with your personal items │ if possible, rough clothes and shoes that you will not be bothered if they get dirty or damaged
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration.
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Duration: Up to 8 hours
Dates: From April to October
Note: With at least 3 days’ notice
Location: Village & forest of Selakano (Lassithi Mountains)
Difficulty: Easy / 1B
Languages: English, French
Note: For other languages, it is possibile to have an interpreter, with a supplement.
Cost: Upon request


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