Caves of Nerja

Caves of Nerja
Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja) are considered one of the most famous landmarks in Spain attracting tourists from all over the world. They are located near the town of Nerja in Andalusia in the eastern part of the Costa del Sol 45 km east of Malaga, about 1.5 hours by car from our villa.

The Nerja caves were discovered Jan. 12, 1959, when five young men from the neighboring villages, deciding to catch bats, chanced upon the narrow opening, extending into a long corridor with stalactites and stalagmites..., within two years after the event - June 15, 1961 the caves were declared historical-artistic monuments. According to speleological investigations, the Nerja caves were formed about 5 million years ago, and subsequently the rainwater seeped into the cracks of rocks, expanding them and creating underground halls. Also, scientists have shown that in these caves were inhabited between 25,000 BC to 3,000 BC is evidenced by the numerous findings, i.e, rock carvings, fragments of pottery, stone tools and traces of fire

The total area of  the caverns is about 35 thousand sqm, of which 9 thousand sqm are open to tourists with an elevation difference of 70 meters. There are three access points to the cave system, two natural and one a specially designed in 1960 for easier access for visitors. Roughly, the Nerja Cave system is divided into three groups: the lower galleries are open to visitors, where steps are arranged and are lit by electricity, the upper gallery, opened in 1960, and the new galleries, discovered in 1969

From the entrance, the 8-foot descent to the so-called Entrance Hall (Sala del Vestibulo) leads down and deep archeological investigations were carried out. Some finds are exhibited in the shop windows

Next, a passage leads down to Bethlehem Hall (Sala del Belén), where the columns of stalactites and stalagmites scattered throughout the space form an amazing "architectural" ensemble

Then you get to the Hall of  the Cascade (Sala de la Cascada- waterfall hall) which is equipped with a concert hall for 100 people and hosts unusual performances and music festivals. At one time Mstislav Rostropovich, Maya Plisetskaya, Montserrat Caballe and many other world  famous artists performed their art in this unique place in the world!

A further touristic route goes through Cataclysm Hall (Sala del Cataclismo - earthquake-) where a giant tower, rising in the center of the cave, enters the list of the Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world at 32 meters tall. An earthquake, which took place 800 million years ago, crashed in her a series of stalagmites, the remains of them can today be seen on the floor of the cave, which is the lowest point of the underground system

Nerja caves are open to visitors all year round, except for the 1st of January and 15th of May

Hours: 10:30-14:00, 15:30-18:00. An entrance fee is charged.
The usual tour for visitors takes 30 minutes, but you can order your individual caving tour for up to 7 hours.

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