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Visit Capri’s Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra)

Located on the island of Capri, near Naples, the Blue Grotto, known locally as Grotta Azzurra, is an unforgettable natural site. This underwater grotto, which takes its name from its intensely blue, sparkling waters, was once used as a personal bathing spot by the Roman emperor Tiberius.

Today, it’s considered the island’s must-see spot. It’s an experience to add to your list of things to do when visiting the island of Capri.

How to visit the Grotte Bleue

It all starts at Marina Grande, the main port on the island of Capri, from where you’ll arrive by boat from Naples (we explain how to take the boat in our detailed article on visiting Naples).

You can find various organized cruises right on the port, which usually include a tour of the island before arriving at the grotto. Almost all of them offer the same thing, and the visit to the cave follows the same ritual.

Please note, however, that the wait can be long, especially in high season, as the entrance may have to be closed due to tides.

The best time to visit the Grotte Bleue is in the morning, when the sun’s reflection on the water creates a unique light show.

As for the duration of the visit inside the cave, it’s generally quite short, around ten minutes, but the spectacle inside is so impressive that it will stay with you for much longer, so make sure you savor every moment.

Where can you buy your tickets?

We recommend you book in advance to avoid waiting too long in high season and wasting time looking for your tour on site.

Getting to the Blue Grotto from Capri

  • On site: you can book a cruise when you arrive at the port of Marina Grande. which generally lasts 1 to 2 hours and costs around €30.

    More picturesque, you can also reach the entrance to the Blue Grotto by bus via the road through Anacapri. There is no car parking nearby. The bus will drop you off at the stairs, where boats are waiting to take you to the cave entrance. Waiting times can be a bit long!
  • Ahead with the Blue Grotto stop: If you absolutely must visit the Blue Grotto, you can book your tickets for this cruise.

Discover the Grotte Bleue from Sorente

The town of Sorrento is just a 25-minute boat ride away, and day trips are available from Sorrento to visit Capri and the Blue Grotto.

This cruise (in a small group) will take you around the island of Capri, stopping at the most beautiful spots to take photos. Then there’s free time on the island of Capri, with recommendations for things to do. Finally, the day ends with a visit to the Blue Grotto, followed by a swim in crystal-clear water away from the crowds.

Visiting the Blue Grotto from Naples

Naples is 45 minutes away by boat. You can book tickets for a day with transport and a cruise around Capri, with a stop on the island and at the Blue Grotto.

Our tips for visiting the Grotte Bleue

To make the most of your visit to Capri’s Blue Grotto, here are some practical tips to keep in mind:

  • Wear slightly warmer clothes than usual, as the inside of the cave can be damp and cold.
  • Wear non-slip shoes as the boats can get wet.
  • Bring a light jacket if you need it on your visit.
  • Follow the instructions of the local guide and lay back in the boat to avoid banging your head against the cave walls.
  • Don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera or phone, as it’s well worth the effort.

Other things to do in Capri

Take the time to visit the island and stay overnight, as we recommend in our article on Capri. You’ll find all the information you need to organize your stay on site. You can, however, take an organized tour that will take care of your transport from Naples and take you to the island’s main sights, which is great if you only have a short time in Naples but still want to visit this beautiful island.

Capri’s Blue Grotto is one of the region’s most popular attractions and well worth a visit if you’re just passing through. With its crystal-clear waters and enchanting ambience, this grotto offers a unique experience you’ll never forget. Don’t forget to follow the practical tips to make the most of your visit and discover the other attractions on the island of Capri.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Naples and the surrounding area.

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