Based on archeological findings, the cave was used as an ancient place of worship. You can take a walk from the town to the cave or ride a mule that locals rent out.
The cave itself is cold and beautiful, and has all sorts of Stalactites, which light up the lower cave. It is located in the Lassithi Plateau, one of the most toured areas in Crete. But it's hard to believe it would have been such a major attraction if not for the story of Zeus.
The story of Zeus and the cave where you are standing, starts with his father, Cronus. Cronus, together with his mother Gaia, castrated his own father Uranus, who knew from a prophecy that one of his children would kill him. Therefore Cronus, who wanted to live, used to swallow all his children.
However, Zeus, the last son to be born, was saved by his mother who wanted to keep him alive. Greek mythology tells us, that the mother hurried and hid Zeus in a cave, and gave Zeus's father a rock wrapped up in blankets to eat. Cronus assumed he swallowed his last son, and went on with his life.
Of course, this is not how the story ends. Zeus grew up into an adult, went out into the world to create a massive and brutal army. When the time came, he fought his father and the Titans and after a 10-year war, he won. Zeus did to his father exactly what Cronus did to Zeus's grandfather Uranus.
Come here and enjoy the cave!