Travel to Sardinia

Day 1 Capo Caccia, Grotte di Nettuno (15 km)

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(in 15 Km) The Grotto of Neptune (Grotta di Nettuno in Italian) is at Capo Caccia. This grotto over 10 million years old was discovered 500 years ago by fishermen in the area. Originally, there was a large population of marine seal (monk seal) but unfortunately human action has ravaged making them disappear forever from the Grotta di Nettuno.

Capo Caccia - Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune's Grotto)
Capo Caccia - Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune´s Grotto)

To reach the Grotta there are two options: through a boat (if the weather conditions allow) that lead directly from Alghero to the entrance of the cave and down the 654 steps of the "escala del Cabirol"(or goat´s steps) separating the cave from the upper surface. We chose the second option. It takes about 15 minutes to walk down these stairs that were completed in 1959. These were cut into the sheer cliff wall in 1954 and zigzag down the cliff before running horizontally along to the Grotto entrance. These steps are an experience in themselves.

Capo Caccia - Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune's Grotto)
Capo Caccia - Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune´s Grotto)

Inside the cave is the second largest inland lake in Europe and with a column of 12 meters high and 30 meters wide. The total length of the cave is approximately 4 km, but only a few hundred meters are open to the public. Inside are important stalactites and stalagmites, and a saltwater lake about 120 meters long, which, fed through a siphon by seawater, maintaining the same level of the Mediterranean, this fact means that, in case of rising waters when there is high tide, access by sea is closed.

Capo Caccia - Escala del Cabirol
Capo Caccia - Escala del Cabirol (stairway of Cabirol)

Visits are guided and the cost was 12€ per adult. The cave opens at 9am and closes at 19pm. Photos are allowed inside, except in its narrowest to avoid overcrowding. The tour takes about 40 minutes.


 

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