|Image: the new ticket office.|
5km. from the village Prámanta towards Árta.
From Árta follow
|Fee:||Adults EUR 3, Children EUR 1. |
|Classification:||Karst cave. river cave.|
|Dimension:||L=350m, T=19°C (air), T=10°C (river), A=900m asl|
|Address:||Municipality of Pramanta, Pramanta, Tel: +30-26590-62300, Fax: +30-26590-62301. E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|Image: steps down to the cave entrance.|
|SEP-1960||discovered by A. Lambris and T. Karakostas.|
|2002||closed for renovation.|
|14-JUL-2003||reopened to the public.|
|Image: the cave entrance.|
In September 1960 A. Lambris and T. Karakostas sat resting in the shade of a tree. They felt a cold air at their backs, and discovered a crack leading to a mangnificent cave. They called it Cave of the Wind because of the cold wind, which lead to its discovery.
The cave has three levels. The upper level, the oldest one, has collapsed and there are only a few remaining parts. The middle level is the part of the cave shown to the visitors. The lowest level is the bed of an underground river. This river can be seen from the end of the tourist trail, as the water tumbles down a two metre high waterfall, ten meters below the path. Another connection to this level is at the other end of the cave, where the water reappears after passing the inaccessible channel of the third level. It reappears the next time in a spring, 25m below the cave entrance. The spring is used by the nearby villages as a water supply.
The tourist section is more or less a long passage, the tour goes in and back, but it uses separate paths most of the time. Beneath beautiful coloured dripstones are three ponds called the Grey, the Red and the White Pond, guess why.
Insects (Lepidoptera) and other cave dwelling fauna have been found in the cave.
|Image: the road to the cave, between Ioannina and Prámanda.|
Unfortunately the cave is very secluded at the end of a steep mountain valley. It is more than 60km on winding roads from Ioannina, and even more from Árta, although this road seems to be less winding. However, you should be aware that you will need at least two hours by car, one way, either way. But the drive is definitely very impressive, the gorges are marvellous.
The cave was reopened lately after a major renovation. It has been closed completely for more than a year. There is a new building for the ticket office, new stairs down to the cave and a new cave entrance. Also the light system was redone. Before the renovation the cave was famous for being closed now and then, and a call at the tourist bureau at Ioannina was much recommended by serious guidebooks. Probably this will change with the new situation, but a previous call at the tourist bureau or the cave might still be a good idea.