Hidden Gems of Belves

The “troglodyte” caves

From the town square you will see a bell tower with a clock on the side, go to the side entrance and you will find the tourist office. Here you buy your ticket and arrange a tour guide to the caves. We joined a large tour that was just about to leave, you can not go to the caves unless it is with a guided tour of people.

Finding the tourist office

Finding the tourist office

The entrance to the caves is found in a narrow street off the main square, seen on the right hand side of this photo, just beyond the motorbike. It is well hidden although not too far to walk from the tourist office, which is located in the street to the left of this photo

Hidden entrance

Hidden entrance

The cave dwellings are where the poorest people lived between the 13th and 18th Century. You can see the interior of eight cave dwellings on the guided tour.

Neat kitchen shelves

Neat kitchen shelves

Light is at a premium so you can just see if you squint a little, the spinning wheel which was used in one of the caves.

Home industry

Home industry

A large fireplace where people cooked and sat around for warmth.

Comfort around the fireplace

Comfort around the fireplace

This is a water system that was used in one of the later caves. Water was gathered from the water which would seep from above ground to trickle along the wooden tough and drip into a container below.

Running water, troglodyte style

Running water, troglodyte style

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