Secret Greece: Exploring the Magical River Cave of Maara in Drama



When you arrive at the entrance of the Cave of Maara you will be enchanted by ancient platanus trees lining the Aggitis river.

The river cave is located at the southern foot of Mount Falakro, just 25 kilometers from the northern Greek city of Drama.

Once you enter the cave, you will see the Aggitis river flowing through it, while multicolored stalactites in a variety of shapes can be seen creating a magical canopy over the underground waters of the river.

This unique cave is the biggest river cave in the world and the only one of its kind, in Greece.

The river spans a length of 21 kilometers and a passage of 500m that ends at a siphon is where visitors are able to experience the magic of this cave. To date, only 8.5 kilometers have been explored, of which visitors are able to see 2.5 kilometers.

This ancient cave has only recently been explored. The first noted exploration took place in 1952 by paleologists Yannis and Anna Petrocheilou from the Hellenic Speleological Society. In 1978 more scientific explorations were executed by a team of French speleologists in collaboration with the Hellenic Speleological Society.

Be sure to check out this breathtaking cave while visiting Greece. It is open daily, including weekends. Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 5 pm and Sundays and Holidays from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.