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Doxa Cave
Category: Cave
Prefecture: Heraclion
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Doxa Cave

Directions of approach: Heading to Damasta (Old national road Heraklion - Rethymno), 7,5 km after the crossroad for Tylisos village in a height of 490 metres there is a tavern on the right called Doxa. Right under it is the entrance of the cave which has total length of 50 metres.

It has an impressive decoration of stalactites and stalagmites and halls which communicate with tunnels relatively easily passable even for a beginner. The tavern which is above the cave will supply you with torches, essential equipment for the tour inside the cave.

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At a certain hairpin of the road you’ll see on your right-hand side the Voulismeno Aloni (“sunk in threshing floor”), a crater with a one-hundred-metre diameter that was apparently formed by a meteorite crash or the collapse of a cave roof. Incidentally, the late Manos Hatzidakis, famous Greek composer, had proposed that the place be turned into an open-air theatre.

About 1 km later you’ll see on your left-hand side a dirtroad without any sign, which climbs toward the peak of Mount Stroumboulas.If you follow it you’ll soon be at the idyllic Stroumboulas plateau, at an altitude of 500 metres, where you can pitch camp and enjoy the absolute stillness of the place. If you cross the plateau you will get back on the main road at Marathos or Damasta. However, you can also get back from the same road.
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Directions of approach: With direction towards Damasta (Old national road Heraklion - Rethymno) in about 5km after the crossroad for Tylisos village, next to the road and on the right you can see the Sunken-Threshing floor (Voulismeno Aloni). See the location on the map below. The Voulismeno Aloni is an impressive natural monument: an immense, sunken crater, in the rocky landscape. According to the official explanation, it is about a dolini which was caused after the collapse of an underground cave. It is ellipsoid with a large axis of 95m., with a small one of 90m and with depth of 15-38 m. In the university books is mentioned as a classical type of a dolini, its rock is a Mesozoic limestone and is one of the most spectacular in Greece. The area around Voulismeno Aloni has been shaped for the visitors. The access to the center of Aloni is very easy. From there, anyone can admire the area’s exceptional acoustics. The legend says that in Voulismeno Aloni there was a threshing floor and that the person who owned it was working even in Prophet Ilias’s fest instead of devote this day to his grace. This happened several times until the day when the Prophet punished him by sinking his threshing floor…
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The inhabitants of the village, which according to the 2011 census amount 797 persons, have as main occupation farming and agriculture.

Historically the village was first mentioned in a document of 1248. Here were scattered Venetian villas, obviously serving the nearby Venetian fortress of Paleokastro and the Venetian palace of Modinos family, feudal lords of the area, which still exists.

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In a distance of 21 minutes (13 km) away from Tylisos Village and 23 km far from Heraklion City, while crossing a truly wonderful route through the mountains, lies the village of Marathos which is confined by mountains. It is a mountainous village and its residents are occupied with stock-farming, apiculture and cultivation of olive not only for the production of olive-oil, but also for the famous raisin-olive of Marathos. At the foot of the mountain lies the famous cave Arkaliospilio, which remains mostly unexplored and is being said to extend within a big part of the mountain. Inside the village there are 5 tavernas and a traditional cafeteria where the visitor can taste the truly unique tastes of Cretan cuisine with the pure traditional materials and the unique Cretan care.Also famous is the women’s association of Marathos “The xobliasto (with patterns) koulouraki” in which, apart from the homonymous product, all kinds of traditional sweets are being produced such as melomakarona (honey-fingers), kourampiedes (sugared shortbreads), kalitsounia as well as kneaded bread. Sticking to the tradition, the famous “koumparokouloura” (best man’s scones) are being produced, which are given to the best man or godfather in every wedding or christening.We can singularly feel the magic of the unexplored Crete by following the agrarian road towards Fodele (7 kilometers) where we will meet the monastery of Agios Panteleimonas which is located within a beautiful wild forest. During all this green course with the platens and all kinds of trees we are accompanied at a small distance by the Marathian river which lets out in Fodele.Every June, the cultural association of Marathos organizes the celebration of the “resain-olive”, where apart from the product of honour, traditional foods are also offered (snails with groats, magkiri, apaki etc.)Points of Interest1. Places of InterestMonument of those killedExhibition of sculptures of Marathian sculptor Ioanni Klinaki, under construction in the area of the old oil-millChurches: Agios Charalabos (Byzantine) & Monastery of Agios Panteleimonas of 17th century in the road towards Fodele2. Natural Environment Caves: Doxa, ArkalospilioMarathian River – flume from Doxa up to Fodele  3. Useful InformationTel. Number of Municipal Department’s Office 2810-521341Service of citizens on issues of Farmers’ Security Organisation takes place every Tuesday.Cooperative of Women of Marathos “The xobliasto koulouraki”Events of Marathos’s cultural association - celebration of the “resain-olive” in June4. Accomodation – Gastronomy – Recreation AreasThere are 5 taverns and a traditional cafeteria.