Escape the heat by visiting the most beautiful grottos and caves in Europe.
August is in full swing and if it is difficult to get away from the heat, there are natural refuges that are always cool, even in the middle of summer: caves! To help you find inspiration wherever you are in Europe, Musement has compiled a list, in no particular order, of ten of our favorite caves in Europe where you can escape the hot August climes.
1. Gaping Gill, England
North Yorkshire is home to Great Britain’s largest known cave. And that’s not all: this cave contains the continent’s largest uninterrupted waterfall and it’s a thrill! Take note: it’s only open to the public two times a year.
2. Postojna Caves, Slovenia
In Slovenia, a small train has been transporting the curious since 1872 to discover the Postojna caves, the largest in the karst region. Of the 24 km of galleries in total, five are accessible to the public: 3.5 by mini-train and 1.5 on foot. So bring good walking shoes and especially a sweater, the cave’s temperature remains at 10°C. Make sure to check out Predjama Castle, the world’s largest castle built within a cave.
3. Eisriesenwelt Cave, Austria
Ice in the middle of summer? In Austria, it’s possible! From May to October, you can visit the stunning Werfen Ice Caves accompanied by experienced guides. The 28 miles of sculptures and ice formations make Eisriesenwelt a breathtaking landscape. The visit takes an hour and fifteen minutes, and good physical endurance is necessary, as you will have to climb several steps in the cave. Even though it is possible to access it by cable car, there is still a 20-minute walk from Werfen.
4. Cuevas del Drach, Spain
The Drach caves in Majorca are four interconnected caves housing five underground lakes, including the largest in the world: Lake Martel. It is possible to cross it by boat to the soundtrack of soft classical music. The visit takes one hour to cover the 3/4 mile across the four caves. And if you’re missing Game of Thrones, the caves will give you a dragon fix!
5. The cave of Saint-Marcel d’Ardèche, France
This cave located at the gates of the Gorges de l’Ardèche has 1/3 mile ready to be explored. A play of sound and light helps visitors immerse themselves in the magical atmosphere, where you’ll also find a the Gours waterfall cascading into a basin of beauty.
6. The Blue Grotto, Italy
The Blue Grotto, located off the island of Capri near Naples, is a bright blue sea cave. Access is only possible on small boats of up to four people, with only authorized sailors at the helm. We advise you to go there between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm when the colors are most intense.
7. Cueva de Los Verdes, Canary Islands
North of Lanzarote, Cueva de Los Verdes is an underground volcanic cave created by a succession of lava tunnels after the eruption of Mount de La Couronne. The lighting effects are unreal.
8. Melissani Cave, Greece
In Kefalonia, the Melissani Cave shelters an emerald lake beneath a collapsed roof, which adds even more beauty to this already splendid place. On a mountainside, surrounded by a forest, this cave of karst rock is a real jewel.
9. Benagil Cave, Portugal
In the south of Portugal, on the coast of the Algarve region, there is a delightful rocky formation with orange hues bathed by a turquoise sea. The best way to access this treasure of the Portuguese coast is by boat or even by canoe. You will be surprised by the size of the cave illuminated by a day well offering pretty natural light.
10. The blue ice caves of the Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
After training in Austria’s said Werfen caves, adventurous spelunkers will be able to tackle Vatnajökull glacier caves in Skaftafell during the winter. These caves are, among other things, the result of melting glaciers in summer and are in constant evolution. That’s why a visit to the Skaftafell ice caves, which seem almost made of a fine blue crystal, is always singular.