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“Neptunes grotto”

Frecce delle Grotte di Antonio Piccinnu
Ranked #21 of 113 things to do in Alghero
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Owner description: Tour this marine cave that is carved in a spectacular sheer cliff, with long winding passages that delve far into the rock passing many fantastical stalagmites and stalactites.
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Lovely trip. We've been to caves before but by far these were the best. The only thing I would say is its a bit rushed. You get off the boat, pay, then you follow guide in a long line,out and straight back on boat. There isn't any other way if you go by boat as only one boat can drop off at a time. If you go by land apparently there's 650 steps to climb down and back up again, no thanks! Glad we went, and would recommend. You can purchase food and drink on the boat. Not sure if it had toilets. Wouldn't think it would be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We went to the caves, as we were told so much about them. However, we were very dissapointed, and felt ripped off. There are enough people along the marina, plying for you to take their boat to the caves, most of the prices are much the same! We paid 16 euro's each, which we thought was ok. The boat trip itself is quite short, and pleasant, with some lovely views along the way. However, on arrival at the caves you are asked for another 13 euro's to enter the caves, "with a guided tour"! Nobody tells you of this extra cost. So, you either pay, or get back on the boat! Unless you want to walk up 600 steps to the top of the cliffs, whilst every one else goes into the caves? The caves are very pretty, and interesting, but we felt that a total of 29 euro's was a bit excessive for what you actually see and do there. The caves seem to be the only boat excursion in Alghero, which is why we went, but unless you are truly intriqued by caves, i wouldn't bother, it wasn't very good value.

1  Thank ArthurMccann
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Having read about this place it was on our "Must See" list while in Alghero. We decided to take a boat ride instead of trying to traverse the steps that lead down to Neptune's Grotto. So for 30 euro we hopped on a boat, relaxed for 45 min, then reached our destination. Exiting the boat into the Grotto was a little bit scary but manageable, as our 5 year old daughter was able to do it. The grotto itself is an amazing sight to behold, but the price of entry and the mediocre at best tour prevent us from giving it an Excellent rating.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Grotta di Nettuno is on the list of must-visit places in Sardegna. Best way to go there is NOT on a boat trip from Alghero but by the long stairs (over 600 steps) that go down the steep cliffside. Going down the stairs is unforgettable experience, like you were going a stairway to heaven even though you go down towards the sea and the grotto. To get to the cave you must participate in guided tours that are timed one in every hour. There are lots of people (easily about 50) in every tour in summertime and even though the stalactites and stalagmites are unbelievably numerous and cave itself huge it is quite hard to get into the right mood in the middle of dense crowd, lots of flashes and indifferent guidance. The tour is overpriced and relatively short - but the cave itself is one of nature's great wonders despite all the discomforts of the visit.

3  Thank Jari J
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Having seen this as a boat tour in Alghero, we then noticed a brown sign and went by road; as it enabled us to get out there and back sooner. we were staying in Golfo Aranchi.

There are a lot of steps down to the cave!! A lot; over 600.and it is actually hard work walking down to the cave entrance, though the stairs are level but of difering sizes. Plus it was a red hot and baking in the heat. Walking back up is even harder.

My wife who is a diabetic really struggled to get back up and I was not not finding it easy ( we are in our mid 50's ). Needless to say we were shattered by the time we got back to the top, and my wife was in need of some sugar. I had a beer with lemon plus a ice lolly! Which I needed.

Due to the wifes fatigue we never entered the Grotto as things did not look that appealing once down there and we had seen similar in Malta etc.
Entrance fee was € 13. I thought the fee in Alghero was € 15, but that was misleading as may have been for the boat trip only.

On hot day you may bake in the boat as well, so be careful. Though I think some have refreshments and shade.

The boats do not go into the cave but you have to step off onto rocks, so if it is slightly rough or a swell running it would be awkward. We were told the boat ride was 8 miles, ( I expect an hour to get there).
The drive was quite a scenic road with it being lined in the flowered shrubs.
I think you can also board a boat from a more local spot instead of Alghero.

If you have young children or pushchairs, or elderly in your group then the stairs are not for you, over 600 of them.
There is a shop at the top with refreshments.

1  Thank gregorio99
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