Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Bear's Cave

A small chain of mountains located in the northern part of Akrotiri peninsula contains three very famous Cretan monasteries: Agia Traida, Moni Gouvernetou and Moni Katholiko. However, these are not the only places worth visiting in this region of Crete. After about a 10-minute walk along the hiking path from Moni Gouvernetou to Moni Katholiko, you will find yourself next to abandoned buildings where only goats and sheep are currently hosted. Going deep into these ruins you will come to a small cave, which is called the Bear Cave (Arkoudospilios).

Bear's Cave
In the central part of the photo is the Moni Gouvernetou monastery.
Bear's Cave is located in the lower right corner of the photo

The genesis of the name

In the middle part of this cave there is a large stalagmite next to which there is a small water tank. Standing at the right angle and arming with a large dose of imagination can be seen in this stone block of bear that gave the name for this place.

Myths and legends

Although the current local legend explaining the appearance of a stone bear has Christian roots, the history of this cave goes back to antiquity, when Artemis was venerated there. This is confirmed by the inscriptions found on the walls and dedicated to this goddess.

A more contemporary legend says that the monks who lived here formerly were attacked by a bear who drank all water. Thirsty for the clergy with hot prayers directed to the Mother of God, they caused the animal to be turned into stone.

A stone bear



Chapel of the Presentation of Christ

Inside the cave there is a small chapel dedicated to the Presentation of Christ. Every year, on February 2, there is a great festival here, during which local residents come to the cave to make gifts. Next to the entrance to the cave are the ruins of monastic buildings that were included in the Venetian census, which was kept in 1637.


How to get there

The cave is less than 1 km from Moni Gouvernetou Monastery. You will reach it using the pedestrian trail that has been marked out along the slope of the Avlaki Gorge.

Bear's Cave - access map

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 Edyta Michalak
Edyta Michalak
2018-03-05 18:56:08

A to droga prowadząca do jaskini :) piękne widoki ;)

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 CRETE - Kreta
CRETE - Kreta
2018-03-05 19:46:59

Oj tak bardzo ładne widoki :)

 Anna Pawicka
Anna Pawicka
2018-03-05 22:08:01

byłam tam, tam jest pięknie! To był chyba 2005 rok , ze Stavros w upale dość ciężko przejść ten szlak, polecam zabrać ze sobą dużo wody.W jaskini chyba spotkaliśmy anioła, zaopatrzony w świeżo wyciskany sok z pomarańczy prawie uratował nam życie :)

 Jola Knaś
Jola Knaś
2018-03-05 22:09:58

Piękne miejsce...

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