Stalagmite caves in Gozo

On a one fine winter day I decided to go on a quick trip to Gozo to Explore more about these magnificent stalagmite caves that are located below residential buildings in Xaghra.

Ninu's stalagmite cave in Gozo - Copyright Landscapes of Mlata by Derren Vella

Ninu's stalagmite Cave in xahra (gozo)

Ninu's Cave is an underground cave in Xaghra, Gozo, discovered in 1888 by Joseph Rapa in a private site. It was instantly considered notable because of the abundant natural stalactite and stalagmite formations.


Natural columns that track nature's time

The entrance is via a 4m staircase, which lead you to a large chamber. The calcification of water dripping from the ceiling of the cave formed a number of columns standing side by side, while there were numerous straw stalactites that had been broken off. There are even a few helictites. The formations are now dry and mainly the same colour as the surrounding rock, although some are semitransparentand it is possible to see the rings formed as they grew.


When to visit Ninu's Cave

The cave is well illuminated by electric lights, and the family guide will give you a tour. It is open daily all year long from 08:30 to 18:00.

Xerri's Stalagmite cave in Zaghra Gozo - Copyright landscapes of malta by Derren Vella

Xerri's stalagmite cave in xaghra (gozo)

First a well and then an air raid shelter

Xerri’s grotto is an underground site in Xaghra, Gozo. This cave was discovered in 1923, underneath a house, while the owners were digging for a well. The excavations were carried out during the Second World War, when the caves were used as a shelter from air-raids.


A speleothems zoo

This small cave is known for its unusual yet colourful alabaster stalactites and stalagmites. There are a few attractive calcification formations that range from a height of 25cm to a metre.  Other interesting formations developed from the calcification of tree roots can be found here, as well as speleothems resembling a tortoise, a vulture, a giraffe and even a pair of elephant’s ears.


How and when to go to Xerri's Cave

The entrance is via a 10 metre spiral staircase, and the cave is artificially illuminated. The owners give you a quick tour, highlighting the geological structures that were created over the millennia. The cave is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00 and the entrance fee is €2.50 for adults.

 

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