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Blue Grotto

One of Capri’s most celebrated attractions is a sea cave of luminous blue light used as a place of worship during Roman times.

Venture inside the Blue Grotto, a deep-water cavern bathed in vivid blue light. Capri’s most famous sea cave gets its color from sunlight being filtered by the sea as it passes through an underwater opening below the cave entrance.

During Roman times the interior was used as a nymphaeum, a place where mythological deities known as nymphs were worshiped. In subsequent centuries before the grotto’s rediscovery in 1826, islanders refused to enter the cave. They were scared of the witches and monsters believed to dwell within.

To access the cave, climb aboard one of the small wooden rowing boats waiting outside. The only way in is through a narrow arch. Be prepared to wait as boats can only enter once a preceding group has finished. As you pass into the cave you will need to lie down flat as the narrow, low entrance is only 3-feet (1-meter) above the sea surface. Once inside, you can sit upright again.

The natural cavity is approximately 196 feet (60 meters) long and 82 feet (25 meters) wide. Sit back and marvel at the color and reflections that illuminate the cavern. The water is at its bluest in the early afternoon. Visits last for only a few minutes but can be longer if you are prepared to tip your oarsman generously.

Some people come back here to swim in the cave after the boats have left for the day, but this isn’t recommended due to safety concerns. The water is deep and there are no ledges or platforms where you can rest.

Situated on Capri’s northwest coast, the Blue Grotto is 2.3 miles (3.5 kilometers) from Anacapri. Come by bus or car or walk from the town. A flight of stairs leads down from the parking area to near the cave entrance where you can buy your ticket. Alternatively, take a 10-minute boat journey from Marina Grande and then transfer to one of the row boats. 

The Blue Grotto is open every day, sea conditions permitting.


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Lodging Near Blue Grotto

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Villa Eva Resort

Villa Eva Resort

Via La Fabbrica, 8, Anacapri
4.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Anacapri, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Imperiale di Damecuta, Chiesa di Santa Sofia, and Chiesa di San Michele. Casa Rossa and Piazza Vittoria are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Al Mulino

Al Mulino

Via La Fabbrica, 9, Anacapri
4.4
of 5, from 52 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Anacapri hotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa di San Michele, Chiesa di Santa Sofia, and Casa Rossa. Monte Solaro Chairlift and Villa Imperiale di Damecuta are also within 1 mi (2 km).

IL Giardino Dell'Arte - Guest House

IL Giardino Dell'Arte - Guest House

Traversa la Vigna 32\b, Anacapri
4.8
of 5, from 41 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Anacapri, this townhouse accommodation is within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Chiesa di San Michele, and Casa Rossa. Piazza Vittoria and Villa Imperiale di Damecuta are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Anacapri - Villa Linaro

Anacapri - Villa Linaro

Traversa III Linaro, Anacapri
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa di San Michele, Chiesa di Santa Sofia, and Casa Rossa. Piazza Vittoria and Monte Solaro Chairlift are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Bussola di Hermes

Hotel Bussola di Hermes

Traversa La Vigna 14, Anacapri
4.0
of 5, from 55 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Anacapri, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa Sofia and Chiesa di San Michele. Casa Rossa and Piazza Vittoria are also within 15 minutes.

Country House in the Center of Anacapri With Internet, Air Conditioning, Terrace

Country House in the Center of Anacapri With Internet, Air Conditioning, Terrace

Traversa la Vigna, 12-14, 80071, Anacapri
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Anacapri, this property is within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Chiesa di San Michele, and Casa Rossa. Piazza Vittoria and Villa Imperiale di Damecuta are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Orsa Maggiore

Orsa Maggiore

Via Tuoro 30, Anacapri
4.6
of 5, from 48 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Chiesa di San Michele, and Casa Rossa. Villa Imperiale di Damecuta and Piazza Vittoria are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Casetta Minghitto

Casetta Minghitto

Via Cera 1-3, Anacapri
4.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Anacapri, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Chiesa di San Michele, and Villa Imperiale di Damecuta. Casa Rossa and Piazza Vittoria are also within 1 mi (2 km).