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Kiladhia - we're still here

11 June 2024
Jane Paulson
We were determined to visit the Franchiti Cave and took the dinghy ashore and tied up on the small dock that had been thoughtfully installed for visiting yachties. Visitors by car had the daunting task of walking a trail through rocky terrain following a series of whitewashed rocks. Ours was by far the best option . Once tied up, a short walk along a very flat path led us to the mouth of the cave. We weren't sure what to expect as from the boat, at night when it was lit up it looked very impressive. We weren't disappointed. Incredibly cool inside with a lovely smell of damp earth and very big. Our photos couldn't quite capture the size.

Archaeological surveys of the limestone cave took place from 1967 to 1984 and established that the cave was inhabited mainly during the Upper Paleolithic period – 40,000 to 10,000 BC, the Mesolithic period – 9000 to 7000 BC and the Neolithic period – 7000 to 3000 BC.
During the Neolithic period, inhabitants moved outside of the cave and along the present seashore. Due to rising sea levels, most is now submerged. The Neolithic inhabitants adorned themselves with ornaments made from seashells and other natural materials.

Well worth a visit and my late Dad, a keen and experienced caver himself, also very knowledgeable about geology, would have loved to have seen it.
Vessel Name: Stiletto
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 33 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Gosport, UK
Crew: Andreas Giles & Jane Paulson
We have been sailing together for 18 years and have owned Stiletto for 16 of them. We have exhausted the Solent and the UK South Coast and all the other usual passages: West Country, France, Channel Islands etc. that are available from our home port of Gosport. [...]