The whole coast of the Gargano peninsula is sprinkled with sea caves, and beautiful ones.
The sea caves tour was the first trip I decided to have once I arrived to Apulia (Puglia in Italian), and it didn’t disappoint.
A little boat took me around some really amazing caves, entering some, and giving me some great views over the coast.
Heading north to south, from Vieste to Baia delle Zagare (Zagare Bay), and return, the trip took about 3 hours including a short stop on a little beach for some my first swim in the Apulia sea!
I can’t name nor remember all the caves I saw as they were too many, but there are some that really impressed me as well as the little “arches”: natural arches made of rocks on the coasts. 100% natural beauty.
I shot like a million photos that day, and here are some notes/photos from my favorite caves!
- Grotta Sfondata, “Smashed Cave”: so called as the ceiling is open so once you get into the cave you can see the sky above, after a dark passage. What an atmosphere!
- Grotta dei 2 Occhi, “Two eyed Cave”: so called as the ceiling has 2 holes, resembling eyes.
- Grotta dei Pomodori, “Cave of Tomatoes”: so called because of the red shellfish on the sides. So funny!
- La Tavolozza del Pittore, “the Painter’s Palette Cave”: so called for the beautiful colors on the sides! This is definitely my favorite one. Check out the following pic… It’s hard to spot the colors at the beginning but when eyes get used to the darkness… it’s spectacular!
On the way around the caves, there were many beautiful sights and other interesting facts worth naming:
- Vieste, the nearest town, as seen from the sea. The rock on the left is called “Pizzomunno”.
- Beautiful colors of water, algae and mussels.
- Dream beaches! So romantic *aww*
If I remember well, the one above was in the “Grotta dei Desideri” (=The Cave of Wishes). Well it made me wish to stay there!
- Proud sailors showing off their preys!
What an amazing day!
Have you ever visited sea caves like this? I saw some before but they were not quite the same. I am so happy to be working in this natural paradise!