Xerri’s Grotto, an unearthed cave in 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.