Blue Grotto – amazing place you cannot miss on Capri Island
Get Mesmerized By The Magical Blue of the Blue Grotto! There is no doubt that it is absolutely tough to describe the beauty and magnificence of the Blue Grotto (known as Grotta Azzurra). If you have been wondering what Blue Grotto is, well… it is something you simply have to see.
Basically, it is a cave of 60 meters in length and 25 meters wide, with a depth of about 150 meters. It is located on the beautiful Capri Island. Being a part of an island, the cave is based on waters, but it is the color of this water that makes the cave so amazing and different from others.
Blue Grotto, Capri, Campania by Jun
The water is absolutely blue in color and creates an illuminating effect. This is the reason why it is called Blue Grotto.
The Magical Blue
Well, the blue color of water is due to the light that gets inside the cave all through the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which creates a glowing effect inside the cave. And, it really looks brilliant.
Inside Blue Grotto, Grotta Azzura, Capri by Richard Gillin
The wall of the cave features a hole which diameter is just 1 and half meters, and through the hole the sunlight falls into the water of the Blue Grotto. However, the hole is large enough and a small rowboat can easily get into the cave through it.
Interestingly, there is another hole just below the small one, and it is large in size. Sunlight entering through the larger hole reflects on the bottom of the cave, just below the water line. Both reflections give rise to an amazing blue effect, which is a pleasure to the eyes.
The hole to Blue Grotto, Capri island by Dr Tr
Inside the Cave
If we talk about the area inside the cave, a number of marble statues were discovered in the beginning of 18th century. In addition, there was a landing spot as well, which hints toward the fact that the cave was popular even during the period of Roman Empire.
At present, the Blue Grotto cave has become the icon of the Island of Capri. No doubt, this is the reason why huge number of visitors throng towards this island every year.
Blue Grotto entrance, Capri by אסף.צ
In case you are thinking wow to get inside it, then all you have to do is hire a small wooden boat. Since the entrance, or rather say the hole is really small, therefore only small boats will be able to get inside it.
In fact, when entering the cave, tourists have to lay flat on their back so as to save their head from hitting the rock.
Nevertheless, once you get inside the Blue Grotto cave, you will figure out that the space is large enough. It is important to note that during high tides or when the waves are high then it becomes difficult to get inside the case as the boat can hardly fit through the entrance.
Considering the fact that it is not possible to get inside the cave during high tides, you can definitely expect traffic jams to happen during the peak season. Yes, during peak season a lot of tourists come up with small boats to enter the cave, and everyone has to wait for their turn to come. But, it is definitely a wonderful experience.
Traffic jam at Blue Grotto, Capri, Campania by S J Pinkney
How to get to Blue Grotto
There are several ways you can get to Blue Grotto. The easiest and fastest way is to hire a motorboat right at Marina Grande.
You fill find there several companies that organize tours to Blue Grotto, Faraglioni or to other parts of the island of Capri. The basic price is around €15 and the tour lasts for about 1 hour.