Grotta Zinzulusa, Castro

Get adventurous at Grotta Zinzulusa, a karst cave between Santa Cesarea Terme and Castro Marina. Explore the cave on foot or arrive by boat, then jump in for a swim in the crystal-clear water. Many archaeological finds have been made inside the cave, including the remains of hippopotamuses, horses, rhinoceroses, elephants, and bears, as well as Neolithic and Eneolithic earthenware. English-speaking guides are often available for this tour. Put Grotta Zinzulusa on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Castro trip itinerary builder .
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  • We were in July with a couple of friends. Lovely and wonderful. I recommend you to visit the cave by boat ride so you can admire the scenery that surrounds you. Gorgeous.
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  • Cave small but nice. You visit in 25 minutes. We also made the boat ride. 20 minutes with entrance into two small caves. If you have low expectations you will enjoy a couple of hours of great vacation with a small bathroom from staircase. The water is really SUPER.
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  • The Zinzulusa cave is located on the coast of Salento's most popular attraction in the area Center Castro, especially during the summer. Can be visited from the sea, through rental private boats or taking advantage of sightseeing tours organized, which from the Mainland, via a staircase. The guided tour, which also includes the nearby caves that abound in the coast, takes about 2 hours. The Zinzulusa cave can be visited on foot through walkways that were created in the years ' 40, when some workers realized the work to rid bat guano from the cave. The thickness of the same guano was nearly 6 metres and this has enabled them to fit with some walkways, up to 160 m deep from the opening, touching on a height of 35 meters.
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  • Crowded and over exploited. Tourists polluted the whole area, trash everywhere along the coast. Most of the original fauna disappeared. Beautiful coastline. Beautiful sea. We started collecting trash on our way up to the parking. What a shame.
  • Beautiful spot, with many stunning colours. We went there around 10 am, there was not much tourists so we could enjoy the views and sights. The 6€ visit is worth the visit only if you speak Italian and/or if you are very interested in caves (only 100m deep, and the visit finishes off graffitis of ruthless visitors from the 50's... desolating).
  • The experience was amazing. A beautiful place to visit. If you can take the chance to go on a boat tour only for a small fee and see even more hidden places. Unfortunately we didn't have time that day, as we had to leave to the Airport. Worth to go and explore this beautiful place. Clear light blue ocean and a growing cave.
  • Waste of time... tour guide tells you as much as is already on the leaflet. Short cave and not spectacular.
  • It's a must to visit if coming to East coast Salento. Shows you the power of nature.

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