The mysterious grotto of Neptune is a classic example of a perfect sea cave. It extends more than 4 km deep into the cliff. A huge number of stalactites and stalagmites greet visitors with their beauty. There are several passages of various lengths and heights in the cave system. In addition, there is a relatively large salt lake in the grotto. This lake is approximately 120 m long and is at sea level. Its depth varies, but averages 9 meters.
Interesting facts about the Grotto of Neptune
- While not the only sea cave in the area, most consider Neptune’s Grotto to be the most beautiful in the area. This place was accidentally discovered in the 18th century by local fishermen. However, evidence suggests that even primitive man knew about the existence of this geological miracle.
- The entrance to the cave was formed at the base of extremely steep and solid rocks. However, it is only at a height of just over 1 meter above sea level. Thus, the cave can only be safely accessed during periods of sea calm, when there are no big waves. Inside the grotto can be reached by boat (from time to time) or by stairs carved into the rock itself.
- This beautiful grotto was home to the Mediterranean Monk Seal. Unfortunately, this species is disappearing and no longer inhabits the region. As a result of its natural beauty, the grotto now serves as an extremely popular destination for tourists.
In addition, the grotto of Neptune has a maximum width of 25 m. The regular influx of sea water through wave activity maintains a shallow lake. A large stalagmite protrudes right in the center of the lake, making this place even more beautiful.
Included in the list of the most famous sea caves in Italy, the magnificent grotto of Neptune can be visited on the Italian island of Sardinia. The surrounding cliffs, 110 m high, contain several other sea caves. Since these rocks were formed during the Cretaceous period, the sea had time to carve out a vast cave system. Evidence indicates that the caves and grottoes have existed for approximately two million years. Since its discovery in the 18th century, Neptune’s Grotto has become renowned for its natural beauty. Today, tens of thousands of tourists visit the stunning attraction every year. However, access to the full network of the cave system remains limited and only available to certified speleologists. The location was also used in 1978 for the filming of a science fiction film called Fishermen’s Island.