Ionele's Gate Cave: A fascinating adventure in the underworld

A mystery of nature: the Poarta lui Ionele Cave is a spectacular cave located in Caras-Severin county, which will take you through mysterious galleries and fascinate you with its unique karst formations. The cave is a speleological nature reserve, important for the conservation of biodiversity and natural heritage.

A trip back in time: visiting the Poarta lui Ionele Cave will take you back in time, through the geological history of the area. You can admire stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours, formed over millions of years. The cave is also home to a number of species of animals adapted to life underground, such as bats and troglodytes.

An experience for all ages: Ionele's Gate Cave is an ideal destination for families with children, caving enthusiasts and anyone who wants to enjoy a unique and fascinating experience. The visit of the cave is guided, who will lead you through the underground galleries and give you detailed information about the history and formations of the cave.

Useful information for tourists:

  • Access:
    • Peștera Poarta lui Ionele is about 40 km from Reșița.
    • You can reach it by car, bus or taxi.
  • Hours:
    • Wednesday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00 (May-October)
    • Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-15:00 (November-April)
  • Prices:
    • Adults: 20 lei
    • Children (6-12 years): 10 lei
    • Students, pensioners: 15 lei
  • Recommendations:
    • Clothing suitable for low temperature (about 10°C)
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Compliance with the rules of visitation
    • Photography is allowed without flash
  • Accommodation:
    • There are many guesthouses and cottages in the area offering affordable accommodation.
    • It is recommended to book your accommodation in advance, especially on weekends and during peak season.
  • Dining:
    • There are many restaurants and cottages in the area where you can dine.
    • It is recommended to try the traditional Romanian dishes.

Discover more:

  • The Poarta lui Ionele cave is about 1400 meters long.
  • The cave was discovered in 1955.
  • The cave is home to a number of bat species, which are protected by law.

Plan your visit to Ionele's Gate Cave and enjoy a fascinating adventure in the underground world!


  • Poarta lui Ionele Cave:
  • Underground gallery:
  • Stalactites and stalagmites:
  • Bats:

Further information:

  • Sightseeing routes:
    • There are two sightseeing routes in the cave, one short (about 45 minutes) and one long (about 2 hours).
  • Tips for tourists:
    • It is recommended to visit the cave outside the tourist season to avoid crowds.
    • You can purchase souvenirs from the cave shop.