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Neptune's Grotto (Grotta di Nettuno)By Anthony Parente
Initially the only way to travel to the grotto was by boat. This changed in 1954 when steps were cut into the cliff in a zigzag pattern making the grotto accessible by land. The trip by land is a 45-minute drive from Alghero. Once you reach your destination on Capo Caccia you will then need to go down 654 steps, which are referred to as the escala del cabirol (billy goat steps). If you are afraid of heights or think you may have difficulty going down the steps and then coming back up them then you may want to choose getting to the cave from the sea. You can do so at the port of Alghero. They have boat trips for a fee, which does not include the entrance fee to the Grotto, that depart at regular intervals (every hour during the summer months and less frequently during the spring and autumn months). No matter when you decide to go you need to make sure the caves are open to visitors. With the opening of the cave at sea level they will cancel tours and close the caves to visitors if the weather is bad. Whichever way you decide to go you will see some awesome sights and breathtaking views.
Photos copyright © Mr. Paolo Calaresu.
Special thanks to the The Official Tourist Centre of Alghero for the photos.
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