Itinerary: Capo Caccia, Sardinia, Neptune's Grotto, Tramariglio, Pischina Salida
Discover Capo Caccia and its famous Neptune's Grotto, one of the most interesting natural sites to visit in Sardinia
Once in Sardinia, you should really visit the imposing Rock of Capo Caccia (pic n°1). The limestone promontory is just 25 kilometers far from the beautiful city of Alghero, in the north-west of Sardinia.
Capo Caccia (pic n°2) is located within a protected marine park, and its sheer cliffs are scattered with marine caves (pic n°6), both on the surface or partially/totally submerged. The sea that surrounds the cliffs has the most beautiful and clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea with colors ranging from emerald to turquoise. When you dive in the water you will be surrounded by the red corals, typical of the area, but also by other species of corals who live here.
A beautiful scenic drive takes you to a vantage point of the peak of a limestone cliff that overlooks Foradada Island, and will give you the chance to admire a breathtaking spectacular view.
Nearby you will find the "Scala del Capriolo" (Escala del Cabirol) (pic n°3), a steep 656-step staircase where to go down (and, above all, come up later !) to the entrance of Neptune's Grotto, one of the most amazing natural wonders that you can visit in Sardinia.
Neptune's Grotto (pic n°4) (pic n°5), named after the Roman God of the Sea, is said to be one of the most impressive caves in the entire Mediterranean area. You can access this beautiful grotto by the above-mentioned staircase or by boats that leave from Alghero or Porto Conte, and of course, only when the sea conditions allow it.
The grotto (pic n°4) (pic n°5) was accidentally discovered by a local fisherman in the eighteenth century, and since then it has become a popular tourist attraction. Neptune's Grotto is actually a group of smaller caves, and it is divided into Halls. The most beautiful halls are Sala dell'Organo and Sala delle Trine e dei Merletti. Neptune's Grotto also hosts a salted water lake, called Lago Lamarmora, as well as an impressive number of stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years.
Visits are allowed from 9 am to 7 pm in summer, and from 9 am to 2 pm in winter. Although the overall length of the grotto is 4 kilometers, people are allowed to visit some hundreds of meters only, but it is quite enough to learn and admire such a stunning place.
You can visit the Grotto with a guided tour only, and the guides will certainly tell you some stories about this beautiful natural wonder.
Some pics of Capo Caccia, Sardinia:
Capo Caccia (pic n°1); Panoramic view (pic n°2); Scala del Capriolo" (Escala del Cabirol) (pic n°3); Neptune's Grotto (pic n°4); Neptune's Grotto (pic n°5); The sheer cliffs are scattered with marine caves (pic n°6)