The history of the cave begins somewhere around the year 1960. Two young men (Apostolis Lampris and Giorogos Karakostas) received the order by the Mayor of the Community to widen a crack trough which came fresh air in order to search its interior due to the arrival of the memorable speleologist Anna Petrochilou.Crawling with great difficulty, 10 meters further, they discovered a wide cavity. The lack of light prevented them from continuing their search. After this, the part of the cave of 270 m length was studied and explored, and the cave was developed and is accessible to visitors. The name of the cave is Anemotrypa, Wind-hole.The cave has three levels. The highest level which is the oldest had fallen down in the past and some pieces of it can be seen today. The medial level has been developed for tourists. The third level is the bed of a subterranean river. The river can be seen at the end of the tourist path, just before the 2 m. falls that is heard 10 m. below from the path. The river’s water appears again in a spring located in a gorge, 25 m. further from the entrance of the cave. The accessible part has a 270m length. The entrance and the exit are the same.Below the beautiful colored stalagmites, three small lakes have been formed in tones of grey, red and white. Diverse fossilized insects can be seen in the cave such as Lepidoptera.
Just after the cave’s entrance the path leads to the First Chamber of 17 m. diameter, adorned with beautiful hanging stalactites that reach the floor. On the left appears “The River Chamber”. The ladder leads from the fully adorned narrow passage to the Big Chamber with a height of 6 m. with decor and formation of candles, the water fall and the Grey Lake , behind a series of stalagmites. Follows the 52 m. Passage of Ploutos, with the most impressive colorful decor.
The passage leads to the Red Lake Chamber. Gradual stone basins receive the running waters of the lake which, along with the fine stalactite adornments, create a unique picture. Thereafter lies a descending passage split in two by a huge stone block. On the left of it another wonderful pond. On the right the floor is covered by stony ground picturing the flowing of the water of the Red Lake.
Then the cave ends at the last downhill accessible part of the cave.
Weekdays 10:00 – 17:00
Weekends 10:00 – 15:00
Holidays 10:00 – 15:00
Telephone: 2659062300 & 2659062313
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You can reach Anemotrypa cave from loannina (60 km.) or from Arta (62 km.) by driving along the breathtaking Arachthos gorge.