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Where is the largest cave in Cyprus located?

Updated: 7 days ago

There are not many caves in Northern Cyprus, but there is one very interesting cave that is definitely worth a visit.

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Fig Cave in Northern Cyprus

We are talking about the gypsum cave of İnğirli Mağarası, which translates as Fig. The entrance to the cave is directly covered by a fig tree, making it difficult to see the extensive gypsum labyrinths hidden behind it.

What is notable about the cave

The Fig Cave is notable not only for its size, although it is the longest in Cyprus. In the cave's chambers, you will find both stalactites and stalagmites, with all walls covered in various minerals, making it resemble a room encrusted with precious stones.

History of the cave's discovery

According to legend, near the aforementioned fig tree, thieves stored their loot from the surroundings to later transport it elsewhere. However, they discovered that part of the goods had fallen beneath the tree – thus, the İnğirli Cave was discovered.

Inside the cave, traces of ancient human habitation were found. Archaeological findings allowed scientists to determine that the cave was inhabited in ancient times. The discovered remains suggest that the cave was used as a shelter or dwelling for many centuries.

Dimensions of the Fig Cave

The length of the passages is over 300 meters, but only 70 of them are equipped and illuminated. However, this is more than enough, as inside awaits true beauty. The cave descends 14 meters from the entrance point.

How to get to the Fig Cave

The Fig Cave (another name for fig) is located in the area of Geçitkale, near the village of Çınarlı. It is a road towards the Karpaz, and the trip can be combined with a visit to Kantara Castle or with feeding donkeys on the peninsula.

But it's not just about getting there, you also need to do it at a certain time. According to various data, the cave may not be open on Mondays and Wednesdays, and it may not always be open on weekends. Opening hours are from 8:00 to 15:30. But to be let in, you can call the caretakers at the following numbers:

  • +905338441755
  • +905338689329
  • +903923733347 (Geçitkale lookout)

Entrance fee to the cave

According to the latest information, the entrance fee is 40 lira, children - 10. Payment must be made to the caretaker and in cash only.

Tips for visiting

Take a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. It is also advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater, as it can be cool inside the cave.

At the entrance, there is a small stand with drinks and snacks, but it's better to bring regular supplies and water from the store on the way.

Location on the map

See the location and coordinates of the Fig Cave in Northern Cyprus on the map below.

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