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Speleology represents study, research, sport and it is a smart way to experience nature face to face. It's a different type of nature than the one we are used to see for example during a simple walk along the beach or on the hill. Places that bewitch and where you'll understand that fantasy has a limit and is not able to imagine how the world is underground.

A world full of works of art, where humans can only enjoy and admire nature's beauty and magnificence. Only if you visit these places, you can be aware of all mysteries hidden in tunnels, wells, bottlenecks, underground passages and rivers the big number of which have been already explored and are mentioned in famous speleological guides while few others still have to be discovered. Do all tourists come only because attracted by mystery? This aspect and the history are without doubt something that can stimulate a tour in the cave. Sardinia is an ancient island full of mysterious sea tunnels, caves and cavities that sometimes open directly along the coast.

These charming places can give you unique emotions and snatch you out of the city chaos to take you in a peaceful world where you can find rare and dying species such as the monk seal. Stalagmites, stalactites, big rooms, underground rivers follow one another and represent a main attraction for foreigners and intellectuals all year long. Sardinia's territory , in this case Ogliastra, is a real "gruyere", that can soddisfy experts' needs and also beginners with guided tours along Sardinia's most famous caves.

The "fig's cave" (Grotta del Fico) for example, sited in Baunei's territory, remained close for several years and was opened to public only in 2003. From this date on, the cave has been visited by hundred of tourists every year who are mainly attracted by the fact that this cave in undamaged, it was lived by the monk seal up to the 80's and is very near to the sea and for this reason it can be easily reached by boats. The cave is between Cala Mariolu and Cala Biriala and the entrance is at 10 meters from the sea level.

The "fig's cave" is still being explored. First researches were done in the late 50's from the speleological group of Bologna called PIO XI and in 2006 another part of the cavity was opened. This new part, can be reached after 80 meters and after you find a 40 metres deep well from which you can admire the sea that is connected from the outside through a siphon called "Monk seal siphon". Another cave, sited in Baunei's territory, is the "Miracle's cave", whose name confirms that nature has realized a real miracle.

The cave is geographically located on the scope of 'Baccu Erettili', along the part of the coast occupied by Cala Sisine and in front of which the cave stands. The magnificent entrance is about 100meters long and can be reached just after passing the hall that joins the atrium. The natural columns and sculptures are imposing and are able to make also usual visitors stand open-mouthed. Stalagmites and stalactites create a reflection on the surfaces on which they raise adding charm to the cave.

The caves can be visited with the support of Baunei's speleological centers with which you can discover these magnificent places and admire nature's majesty. Besides Baunei's most import caves, Ogliastra is rich of cavities that can be explored with the support of expert guides. Urzulei's territory for example is known for "Su Palu", a karst phenomena of about 40Km of length considered among the biggest ones in Italy and Europe. The cave called "su Marmurri" is another important attraction situated in Ulassai. The famous "cave of the sea ox" is sited in Dorgali near the beach of Cala Luna. As you can notice, the area is full of caves that attract curious people, sportsmen, researchers and intellectuals in general.


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