Sardinia Sights

Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune's Cave)

  • Geological Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/03/2016

Fodor's Review

At the base of a sheer cliff, the pounding sea has carved an entrance to a vast fantastic cavern filled with stunning water pools, stalactites, and stalagmites. The dramatic cave and coves, discovered by fishermen in the 18th century, are popular tourist attractions for their sheer natural beauty. You must visit with a guide; tours start on the hour. It's possible to reach the caves by boat or by land. Between March and October, boat trips depart at regular intervals from the port of Alghero for €16 round-trip (admission to the grotto is extra). To reach the grotto by land, you can descend the 654 dizzying steps of Escala del Cabirol ("Goat Steps"), which are cut into the steep cliff here. By public bus from Alghero's Via Catalogna, the trip to the top of the stairway takes about 50 minutes. Allow 15 minutes for the descent by foot.

Sight Information


13 km (8 miles) west of Alghero, Alghero, Sardinia, 07041, Italy



Sight Details:

  • €13
  • Grotto: Apr., daily 10–6; May–Oct., daily 9–8; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4 (weather permitting). Last entry 1 hr before closing. Bus from Alghero to stairs: year-round, 9:15; mid-June–Sept., also 3:10 and 5:10. From Capo Caccia: year-round at noon; mid-June–Sept., also 4:05 and 6:05

Published 05/03/2016


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