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Papanikolis Cave, Lefkada, Greece

Papanikolis Cave, Lefkada, Greece
Discover the second largest sea cave in Greece, Papanikolis Cave, by taking a boat tour from Vasiliki or Nidri. Crossing the water from the harbor to Meganisi Island, your boat tour will take you to Papanikolis Cave, a turquoise water cave with a fascinating story.
TypeCave, Natural
When to visitDuring the summer, anytime
TicketsFree entry
Getting there
  • Papanikolis Cave is located on Meganisi Island.
  • By boat from Vasiliki (15-20 E) or Nidri  (20-25E)
  • You can reach this cave going on a trip to the nearby islands (Kefalonia, Ithaca, Scorpios) and these excursions cost 20-35e per person.
LocationPelagos 310 83, Lefkada, Greece, Europe

Papanikolis Cave

Papanikolis is only accessible by boat, either through an organized tour from Nidri or by hiring your own motorboat. Most tours last all day and include a visit to the village of Spartochori on Meganisi, as well as beach barbecues and the chance to snorkel in the crystal clear seas. If you’re sailing yourself, take a trip north to Alabaster Cave near Lefkada to see incredible stalactites.

During the Second World War, it’s believed the cavern was used as a hiding spot for Greek submarines seeking cover after attacks on Italian ships. Legend also has it that the cave was used by sailors to escape from fierce pirates in the Aegean Sea.

Papanikolis Cave has a huge chamber about 120 meters long and 60 meters wide.

Papanikolis Cave, Lefkada, Greece
Papanikolis Cave, Lefkada, Greece
Papanikolis Cave, Lefkada, Greece