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Fast Facts

  • Location: On the north-western corner of the Capri Island in Italy.
  • Attraction Type: Sea cave.
  • Significance: Splendid crystal clear turquoise blue water from the sea, and the sunlight passing through an underwater cavity create an amazing blue reflection inside the cave.
  • Time to Visit: During Summer.
  • Visiting Hours: 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • How to Reach: Catch a bus from Anacapri to reach Marina Grande. Take a boat from Marina Grande to reach in front of the cave. Small rowboat will take you inside.
  • Nearest International Airport: Naples International Airport (NAP).
They say, you need to earn your visit to the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is perhaps one of the most amazing creations of nature, hidden in the sea cave on the Coast of Capri Island in Italy. The splendid crystal clear turquoise blue water from the sea, and the sunlight passing through an underwater cavity create an amazing blue reflection, pretty similar to the color of a sapphire blue topaz, which illuminate the grotto to give it an astonishing look and hence it has perfectly been named as the 'Blue Grotto'. As you ride on a boat to enter into the cave, a whole new world is going to unfold in front of you — truly different in nature, shade, and essence.

The Blue Grotto, located on the north-western corner of the Capri Island, is a small sea cave with a tiny opening, just wide enough to get through a small rowboat. The most exciting thing about it is that, the entrance, only about 1 meter high, opens and closes with the tide. The cave with 54 meters length, 30 meters width, and 15 meters height, can have depth from 14 to 22 meters. Besides the famous crystal turquoise blue water, the cave is also known for another feature of its water. The water has a wonderful effect on submerged particles which appears to be silver in color due to the coloration and intense blue filter.

Things to Do

You need to enter into the cave on a tiny boat. You may almost need to lie down on the boat before you can enter through the tiny gateway of the cave. There will the darkness all around when you enter into the cave. Go 20-30 yards further ahead after entering the cave and turn back to be amazed by the astonishing blue effect of the water. The turquoise hues sparkling in the water and against the rocks are just amazing.

It is the best to enter into the cave when the sun is in its fullest glow and shines directly on the water outside the cave. Anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. would be perfect for the visitor. It is also necessary to check the tides before you go for the trip as your entry to the cave will fully depend upon the tides. Trip to the cave cannot be possible during the adverse weather condition. You can find round trip boat from Marina Grande to the outside of the grotto. Then you need to hire a rowboat go enter into the cave. Besides visiting the cave, you can also go for a cruise around the Faraglioni Rocks.

Rates:
Boat from Marina Grande to cave: €9.00
Rowboat inside the cave: €4.50 or more
Admission: €4.00
Faraglioni Rocks Cruise: €12.00

Accommodation

Those who are going to visit the Blue Grotto, may stay at Anacapri. Following are some of the hotels in Anacapri.

Hotel Il Girasole
Via Linciano
47 — 80071 Anacapri (NA)

Hotel Casa Caprile
Via Follicara
11 — 80071 Anacapri (NA)

Hotel Carmencita
Viale Tommaso De Tommaso
4c — 80071 Anacapri (NA)

Related Links :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcJCh-8FDS4&feature=related: Check out the mysterious and sublime world of the Blue Grotto at Capri. It is definitely one of the most unforgettable experiences you can ever gather in a lifetime.

http://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Italy/Campania/Capri/blog-190606.html: Click on this link for a wonderful first hand travel account on a visit to the Blue Grotto. You also get a comprehensive account of a visit to Capri, that paradise on the Amalfi Coast.

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