Sea Caves of the Gargano

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Location: Vieste Harbour, Il Gargano.
Open: n/a
Fee: n/a
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: n/a
Guided tours:
Address: Ente Parco Nazionale del Gargano (National Park of the Gargano), Via S. Antonio Abate, 121, 71037 - Monte Sant'Angelo (Fg), Tel: +39-0884-568929, E-mail: contact
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1954 Francesco Sante and Michele Trimigno, two fishermen, discovered the Grotte dei Contrabbandieri.
1991 the National Park of the Gargano was founded.


Numerous caves are known on the Gragano peninsula, 128 sea caves are known along the coast. As the caves were formed during the Ice Age, when the sea level was much deeper, many of them now lie well below sea level, showing under water speleothems. The erosion of the Gargano coast cut through many karst cave systems, which are now sea caves. The caves are eroded by the mechanical forces of the waves, the result are sea caves like any other sea cave on earth, except for some remaining stalactites on the ceiling probably.

The caves between Vieste and Mattinata can be visited by a boat trip. Some of those caves are: