The Cave of Zeus, located in Guzelcamlı district of Kusadasi, is not just a natural wonder. This sacred spot also has an important place in mythical tales. In ancient times, Zeus Cave was a part of Panionion, the meeting center of the 12 city-states of the Ionian Federation. Today it is a popular destination for both local and international visitors.
Cool in the Summer, Warm in the Winter
The cave has the appearance of a natural pond in the rock. It is approximately 60 meters long, 20 meters wide and approximately 10 meters deep. The average temperature is 5 degrees Celsius all around the year. Cave water leaks from the rocks and changes slowly. The cave is cool in summer and stays warm in winter. There are no living creatures in the cave water, and the water has no taste or flavor.
Exploring the Natural Wonders
The Cave of Zeus in Kusadasi is more than a legend with its stunning natural beauty. As you get near the entry, you will be amazed by the view of rugged rock formations decorated with lush greenery. It creates a beautiful backdrop for your visit. The cave has a marvelous beauty, with rugged rock formations made by the force of water over a thousand years.
Once you get inside the cave, the cool and damp air will rub your face. The drip of water echoes throughout and creates a magical atmosphere here. The Cave of Zeus will make you feel like you are living back in ancient times.
A Cave from Greek mythology
The cave derives its name from the God of the Sky, Zeus in ancient Greek mythology. According to a legend, Zeus sought shelter in this cave while trying to escape from the wrath of his brother Poseidon. With his rage, Poseidon would unleash enormous waves with his three headed spear. This Cave allegedly saved Zeus from the wrath of Poseidon.
Nature’s Beautician : The Cave of Zeus
According to another myth, the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, dropped by the cave during the trip from Samos Island to Ephesus, and took a bath in the cave water. This is the reason why it is believed that the waters of the Cave of Zeus have a beautifying effect on women’s skin.
How to go to the Cave of Zeus from downtown Kusadasi?
The Cave of Zeus is very close to Kusadasi downtown. It takes approximately a 30 minute ride to travel. You can take a minibus (dolmus) as they travel to the Cave of Zeus frequently. Or else you can take a taxi from downtown.
When to visit the Cave of Zeus?
There is no time restriction for the entrance to the Zeus cave. However, it is not recommended to enter the cave at night, as the water depth is quite high and it is quite dark at night. Zeus Cave can be dangerous as the divers can lose their life.
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Whether you are an avid traveler or just on a relaxing vacation in Kusadasi. The Cave of Zeus is a must visit attraction.If you’re brave enough to be a part of mythology, the Cave of Zeus awaits you in all its natural splendor and legendary setting. If you are interested in exploring a wide array of turquoise bays of Kusadasi you should definetly visit Dilek Peninsula National Park when you go to the Cave of Zeus.