Located in Patelia, 1 km north west of the village of Sitanos, 25 km from Sitia. Its height is 610m above the see level. It occurs in Jurassic Limestone. Further north there are Pre-tertiary Filites, and north west and north east there are small masses of Dolmadic rock from the Tertiary period. Only 50m of the cave had been explored by the locals. Then, P. Faure explored the whole cave on the 26th of July, 1967. Some days later, it was mapped and studied by El. Platakis and Io. Tsiftetakis. The entire length is 360 m. After the entrance there are two chambers, one 34m x 16m, and to the right of it another, 32m deep. From the left-hand chamber a long narrow gallery extends 330m into the hillside; it is between 2 to 8m wide but only 0,50 to 1,50m high. The streams of water give the impression that it was probably once the bed of an underground river. It is rather lacking in naturally decorative features. Sitanos is located 5 km southern from Karidi.
From the book "Sitia", N.Papadakis, Archaeologist,1983