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11 nature escapes with caves and grottos for the solo sojourner! No. 6 is stunning

11 nature escapes with caves and grottos for the solo sojourner! No. 6 is stunning

Here are 11 places where exploring the mysterious caves and grottos can top your list. Lastminute.com users suggest the best.

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1. Malta, Malta "Places you saw: Mdina, 3 cities of Cottonera - Birgu etc, Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto..."

Lastminute.com reviewer Roshni adds, "1. AMAZING! Weather was superb. Food was authentic to Maltese tradition, yet Italian/Arab cuisine could be easily sourced due to their proximity to the country. 2. Sightseeing was done all over the 3 main Islands as well as renting a catamaran to the Blue Lagoon. 3. Malta is an ideal vacation spot for individuals, couples and families alike due to the proximity of the islands to wider Europe/Africa and Asia. Rich in history and nature, there is plenty to do whether its Sightseeing or just lazing about taking in the sunshine and at night there is great nightlife and food options. Malta has very quickly become one of my favourite places and I will be coming back again soon! You enjoyed: Weather, food and the friendly locals! Places you saw: Mdina, 3 cities of Cottonnera - Birgu etc, Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, Comino - Blue Lagoon, Gozo Island including the blue hole, Valetta, Sliema. Which cruise: Comino Co-op tours, The views and ease of jumping on and off! Liked most on the trip: The weather and amazing houses of Malta!"

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2. Pisa, Italy "Weather was great...Carrara marble caves..."

Lastminute.com reviewer Kristin says, "Weather was great and food at the hotel spectacular - the concierge gave us indications to 5 Terre, Pietrasanta ( sculptured) Carrara marble caves ( we had already visited Pisa and really enjoyed the northern Tuscan specialities - bordering on Liguria the foods are slightly different and more seafood than central Tuscany. De-stressing tips: Spa at IL Bottaccio. Walks on the Beach in Forte Dei Marmi and in the hills of the Apuanian Alps. Shopping at the weekly market in Forte Dei Marmi ( Wednesday). Solo experience: Easter meal at the Bottaccio - amazing service and excellent cuisine. I liked: My stay at the Bottaccio."

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3. Delphi, Greece "[A]mazing walk up to the caves as well."

Lastminute.com reviewer Aaron says, "Archaeological site and museum very good, amazing walk up to the caves as well. Travelled alone: Yes. Adventure activities: Hike to caves. Places you saw: Archaeological site, Caves. Liked most on the trip: Archaeological site."

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4. Salzburg-AT, Austria "Ice caves is a must visit in Salzburg!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Rebecca adds, "Ice caves are a must-visit in Salzburg! Lakes and mountain tour is breathtaking! It was a thrilling experience overall and I would definitely come back to Salzburg! Sightseeing places: Werfen Ice Caves. Solo experience: Hiking. Places on business trip: Salzburg university! Amazing infrastructure. I liked: Everything in Salzburg."

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5. Dubrovnik, Croatia "Solo experience: Jet Ski to the blue cave alone."

Lastminute.com reviewer Ibrahim says, "Weather was great apartment was great food was okay didn't have time to eat or try many places. Island tours great, jet skis are fun but be careful some try to scam you with damage or late return charges. Culture club Resnik was a great night out/party with people of all ages so everyone can feel welcome. De-stressing tips: Partying at culture club revnik. Sightseeing places: The 3 island tour is great takes about 6 hours but worth it. Solo experience: Jet ski to the blue cave alone. I liked: Being able to get away and relax and enjoy myself how I wanted to and get away from real life for a while."

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6. Split, Croatia "Explored the Blue Cave and island of Hvar..."

Lastminute.com reviewer John adds, "Weather and food usual Fab in Croatia, but made even better in Brac and as during summer months! Explored the Blue Cave and island of Hvar, with a detour via Vis also. Stunning! Will be revisiting all again soon! De-stressing tips: Sight seeing/relaxing by sea/music/cocktails/great views. Self experience: Boat trip island hopping and blue cave. I liked: Weather and Scenery. Food also!"

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7. Lanzarote, Spain "Places you saw: Mirador del Mar - views are great. Cueva the Los Verdes - interesting volcanic caves..."

Lastminute.com reviewer Magnus says, "Reliable weather, good food, a day tour to sights at the north was interesting and scenic, cheap hire car, nice runs along the coast in the mornings. Travelled alone: I'm single and friends are all married with kids. I try to avoid travelling on my own, but don't mind if I have to. Places you saw: Mirador del Mar - views are great. Cueva the Los Verdes - interesting volcanic caves, Jameos del Agua - Tuesday nights for dinner, but otherwise see the pretty lagoon, Scuba diving the underwater museum. Wellness activity and experience: Spa at the hotel. Like most in trip: The food with the privilege grade accommodation."

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8. Manchester, United Kingdom "Solo experience: Bat caves in Leyte."

Lastminute.com reviewer Walter says, "Weather good, good shops, transportation very good. Looking forward to my next visit. Maybe invite a friend. Sightseeing places: My journey took me to the Philippines where I visited Manila and Leyte. Long flight changing at Oman then onto Manchester. Solo experience: Bat caves in Leyte."

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9. South Shields, United Kingdom "I had a lovely walk to Whitburn via Marsden beach and grotto."

Lastminute.com reviewer says, "The weather was gorgeous and hot. I saw Marti Pellow at Brent Park, great event. I had a lovely walk to Whitburn via Marsden beach and grotto. The beaches were very clean and so was South Shields. Everyone was so friendly. I ate in 3 restaurants on Ocean road, all good and reasonably priced. De-stressing tips: Walking, watching the sea, meeting friends, listening to good music at Brent's Park. Solo experience: Every bit was good. I love the beach and walks along the cliff. The people are so friendly. The free events at Brent Park are excellent. It's lovely and clean. I liked: What didn't I like? I felt fab afterwards. I love South Shields. Great beaches, walks, entertainment, friendly people, good restaurants, fab B&B. I disliked: Nothing."

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10. Faro, Portugal "I visited Carvoeiro - the shops and the cave visit was fun."

Lastminute.com reviewer Krishna says, "I travelled from Faro to Albufeira. I visited Carvoeiro - the shops and the cave visit was fun. I also travelled to Portimao - shops are great and lots of churches to visit. It might help to create a walk path/plan as they are distant from each other. De-stressing Tips: Shopping. Relaxing by the pool and beaches. Walking and exploring. Food experience: I thoroughly enjoyed the pastries and homemade ice cream where I went to visit! I ate at January in Carvoeiro and their food and ice cream was great! Shopping experience: Lots of shops to visit, Can't remember the names! Solo experience: Spending to reflect in resting and relaxing place was the best experience for me! I was free to work around me. I liked: Me time! I disliked: Nothing! Wish I stayed longer!"

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11. Santa Ponsa, Spain "Some nice secluded caves to sit in."

Lastminute.com reviewer Jacquelibb says, "Went on 2 hour boat trip which was nice. Longer trips offered. Beach nice. Some nice secluded caves to sit in. Weather great. More quiet location compared to other places on island. Plenty places to eat."

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