One of the most beautiful caves of Corfu is located in the village of Spartilas. The Platesgourna cave is discovered by Nikos Gisdakis in the winter of 2018. In April 2019 I visited this cave for the first time. The cave is hidden in an olive grove and has two small entrances, only one of which is accesible. Crawling or descending in supine position is necessary. After passing through a small 'hall', one discovers the stunning beauty of the first chamber. There are a large number of stalactites along with various groups of stalagmites and columns. The cave is exceptionally fragile due its unique undivided space.
On Wednesday 28 August 2019, I returned to the cave with special lamps to map the cave and photograph its extraordinary decoration. On Saturday September 7th, I visited it for the third time this year. The air in the cave was damp and there was a high level of humidity. When I was in the upper part of the cave, I suddenly saw an open space. Behind a large rock and beneath the first chamber there is a second chamber with stalactites and a group of four stalagmites. The tallest stalagmite is about 1.5 metres high. Access is difficult, because I have to roll over the rock and then drill an anchor into the wall before descending with a rope. I had all the equipment with me, except the drill. During the next expedition the second chamber will be explored.
Because of the fragility of the cave and the research to the unexplored other room(s), there can not be provided any information about the
location of the cave! As soon as the new room(s) are explored, information will be published on this website and in the media!
Λόγω της ευθραυστότητας του σπηλαίου και της έρευνας προς τα ανεξερεύνητα δωμάτια, δεν μπορούν να δοθούν πληροφορίες σχετικά με τη θέση του σπηλαίου! Μόλις θα εξερευνηθούν τα νέα δωμάτια, οι πληροφορίες θα δημοσιευθούν σε αυτή την ιστοσελίδα και στα μέσα ενημέρωσης!
Flora & Fauna:
During a visit to the cave in April 2019 a few cave crickets were spotted. Find more information about the cave cricket on Corfu here.
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