The Blue Caves are one of the most popular attractions of the island of Zakynthos (or Zante). Discovered in 1897 by Antonio Komouto, the caves, or rather remnants of caves, attract thousands of visitors every year.
While the island of Zakynthos is known for its splendid beaches, verdant landscape and for being an important birthing place for the Caretta caretta (loggerhead) sea turtle, the island is more than a one-trick pony. While you may already be familiar with the picturesque Shipwreck Beach, located in the rugged northern portion of the island, here is another magical place you can discover on Zakynthos.
The Blue Caves
The Blue Caves, which start around Agios Nikolaos and stretch to Skinari Cape, are a series of geological formations created naturally by erosion. The area, a hot spot for scuba diving aficionados, features a succession of limestone arches through which small boats can travel. It’s even possible to visit some of the caves, including the biggest one, Kianon (from cyan), where you can admire stalactites hanging like chandeliers from the top of the cave.
But what is most spectacular about these natural wonders is the unique colour of the water found inside. Indeed, as light reflects onto the water, it gives an eerie and ethereal blue colour to anything that touches it, including you.