This amazing, natural, phenomenon has thousands of visitors a year wandering through its huge cavern. With a few steps, easy access and a level floor almost anybody can visit it.
St. Michael’s Cave
Thought to be bottomless and first mentioned in the writings of Roman travel writer Pomponius Melia in 45CE, St Michael’s has seen millions of visitors since then though not all with tourism in mind. For instance, learn about how 500 Spanish soldiers were led to safety by Simon Susarte, the shepherd who knew a secret path during your visit. Also explore the cave in all its glory, see the stalagmite that eventually got too heavy on one side and literally fell over still lying there after centuries. You can even examine the growth rings, the darker rings occurring during periods of less rain. Wonder at the sight that is the Cathedral cave so called because the mineral formations around the walls resemble the pipes of a cathedral organ. It is here too you will see the famous Leonora’s Cave thought be the undersea link to Africa through which the apes came. St Michael’s is worth the walk the temperature inside remains constant all year round and drips no matter how long it has been since our last rainfall. In fact if you look carefully at the floor, you will see the beginnings of those stalagmites that in a 1000 years might just be knee high to a grasshopper.
For the more adventurous amongst you and with those with a little more time on their hands why not explore Lower St Michael’s Cave. Discovered while opening an alternative entrance to the cave during WWII, this cave is also open to visitors but strictly by appointment only. An experienced guide is needed to guide you as you climb and slide as you explore deep into the cave. One of the many highlights is a walk around the 5cm rim of a small lagoon! Truly an experience that you will talk about long after your return home.
How to get there:
St Michael’s Cave is located with in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve therefore to enter into St Michael’s Cave you must first purchase a ticket for the Nature Reserve which will also gain you entrance into other sites. This can be purchased with your Cable Car ticket. For the more independently minded we recommend you travel to the Top Station via the Cable Car then walk the 0.8km down hill to St Michael’s Cave. Once you have finished your visit into the cave you can then walk another 0.9km down hill to the Ape’s Den from where you can catch the Cable Car back down to the base station which is just a 5 minute walk from the shops of Main Street. However please be advised that the Cable Car will not stop at the middle station between the months of April to October. (Cable Car and Nature Reserve ticket Recommended)