We rode our bikes to see two natural local phenomena, one underground lake and one limestone cave. Lake Melissani is a deep pool of water (39 meters or 128 ft.) within a cave that is 160 m long and 40 m wide. An opening above the lake lets in sunlight which illuminates the lake. You get a little boat ride around the lake. The water is breathtaking clear and breathtaking cold (40 degrees F).
After visiting the lake, we took the long way (and scenic) through some hill towns to get to Drohgarda Cave. We rode through some ancient olive trees that were larger than any we had seen. We think they may be approaching some of the oldest recorded olive tree ages which are over 2400 years old. We read up on olives on Wikipedia and the article is fascinating (check it out, trivia and science geeks!).
We took a lunch break at the highest point of our ride. The view was classic Greece!
Drohgarda Cave is a 3,000,000 year old cave that was discovered by children sometime in the 1600's.
After touring the caves, it was beer o'clock!
It was all down hill back to Sami, and so we finished a great day, our last full day in Greece.