Σπηλιά του Κύκλωπα

Cave of the Cyclops


Useful Information

Location: In Protaras, at the eastern coast of Capo Greko.
(34.986451, 34.076613)
Open: no restrictions.
[2020]
Fee: free.
[2020]
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Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
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Address: Cave of the Cyclops, Paralimni, Tel: +357-, Fax: +357-,
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History


Description

The Σπηλιά του Κύκλωπα (Cave of the Cyclops) was obviously named after the episode in the Odyssey by Homer. At the begin of their journey home from the Trojan War Odysseus and his men are quite unlucky to meet Polyphem. He is a Cyclops, a giant with only one eye, and unfortunately a man-eater. Odysseus is able to outsmart him, blind him, and flee from the island, but unfortunately his dad was Poseidon, the god of the sea. So he was quite pissed and gave him bad winds and currents so it took 10 years to travel what is today a day trip by car.

Polyphem was living in a cave above the sea, it should be big enough for a giant, and there should be some rocks in the sea in front of the cave, because the irate Polyphem threw rocks, but being blind he missed. This cave meets those minimal requirements for being the former home of the giant. Unfortunately it is much younger, so the name is just to make it more interesting. The cave is artificial, almost rectangular, with a flat floor and flat ceiling. It was dug into the cliff face a few meters above the sea level. It is normally not reached by the waves, so it was probably used to store goods which were brought by boat.