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Crete - Akrotiri - "3 Monasteries Cache" Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 03/17/2005
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3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Crete – Akrotiri – „3 Monasteries Cache“

What you need:
  1. Good Shoes (Flip Flops will not do the job)
  2. Enough Water
  3. Some Time (2-3 hours)


You will have to walk from the parking lot roundabout 30 min down into a gorge. The path is plastered and quite easy to walk, but has quite a lot steps (200 m height difference).

Because the last metres to the cache are quite challenging we think, that children could have some problems. We also recommend not to go alone.

This is a nice cache-trip for people interested in monasteries. It is located on the Akrotiri Peninsula, east of Chania While getting to the cache you will pass three monasteries. You can normally visit all of them during the daytime, during noon they might be closed for several hours, except the last monastery which is a ruin and can be visited without any restrictions.

The first monastery is called Agia Triada and can be found at N35°33.637 E024°08.080.

The second one is the Moni Gouvernetou and can be found at N35°35.096 E024°08.393. At this place you should park you car and start walking!

At the end of the parking lot you will see the beginning of a path which will lead you to the third monastery. During your walk you will pass two caves. The first one, the “bear-cave” is placed at N35°35.343 E024°08.618, the second cave is just a few meters above the monastery ruin in the gorge, you will pass it automatically.

The monastery in the gorge can be found at N35°35.422 E024°08.768. From this place it is just a few more meters to the cache, but you have to climb a little bit. It is not too hard, but be careful.

The cache location is N35°35.461 E024°08.786

Around the cache location you will find fragments of walls. The cache is NOT hidden in these walls, so:


Additional Info:

After you have found the cache, you can walk down into the gorge. Following the gorge you will reach the sea after 15 min. This is beautiful place for swimming and especially for snorkelling. It is like a small fjord in the rocks, no beach!!
So, if you like, take some swimming stuff with you! For the caves it would be useful to take a torch with you.


If you want to be sure to find the cache, then print out the following pictures. But be warned, they are real spoilers.

Small note on cache maintenance: My brother, who knows the cache spot very well, is living on Crete. So it is his “baby” and he will maintain the cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur pnpur vf uvqqra haqre fbzr fgbarf, ba gur gbc bs gur fgbarf fbzr xvaq bs ohfu vf tebjvat.
N yvggyr ovg yrsg (2-3z) sebz gur pnpur naq nobhg 1 z uvture ner fbzr fznyy “pnirf”.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)