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Nerja Caves are located near the pretty village of Maro. It is one of the monuments with the largest number of visitors in the country. After being discovered by five young men from the neighbouring village of Maro, on 12th January 1959, Nerja Caves were declared a Historic and Artistic Monument. The caves, which have a length of almost 5 kilometres, are one of the crown jewels of Andalusian Geological Heritage. Their most important geological characteristics, which have earned them their international fame, are the colossal size of the halls in terms of their surface area and volume, their spectacular interiors and the scientific interest of their shapes and sediments. Along with their truly exceptional geological worth, they have other notable cultural, educational and recreational values. Nerja Caves are one of the most exceptional prehistoric archaeological sites in southern Spain.
Descubierta en 1959 por un grupo de amigos del lugar, la zona que de la cavidad se visita tiene una longitud de 700 metros y una superficie de 140.000 metros cuadrados. Existen otras galerías de mayores dimensiones que permanecen cerradas al público por su difícil acceso. De las numerosas salas que integran la enorme estancia subterránea, destaca la del Cataclismo, la más amplia de la cueva, presidida por una enorme columna de 45 metros de altura, 20 de diámetro y 64 de perímetro, recogida en el Guinness como la mayor columna del mundo. En la sala del Ballet se celebra todos años, en el mes de julio, el Festival de Música y Danza por el que pasan los más aclamados artistas internacionales.
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The top 'attraction'
Nerja's caves were discovered in the 1950s by some young lads who were exploring. they are fairly impressive, formed within the limestone karst of the area and full of stalagmites and stalactites created thousands of years ago, when the land was so much less dry than it is nowadays.
The caves are the second most-visited attraction in Andalucia (after the Alhambra in Granada, I assume)
There are two natural entrances to the caves, and one new one which has been created for public access. The public can visit a series of caverns which do have some splendid rock formations and in which concerts are occasionally held. The more interesting part, for me, are those upper levels which have no public access...it is there that prehistoric paintings have been found, some possibly Neanderthal. But you can't see those......
The caves are interesting to explore but, at least when I visited, remarkably dry. It seemed very odd to walk through a cave without hearing the constant drip of water and having a sense of damp. The massive pillar of stalagmite/stalactite in the Sala de Cataclysmo (Hall of the cataclysm...earthquake) is the largest in the world, 32m tall and measuring 13m by 7m at its base. I must admit i was impressed by the size of the rocks which had fallen from the ceiling during the (1884??) earthquake which gave the cavern its name.
The caves are well on the way to being a fully-functional tourist attraction, with cafe and gift shop, botanical gardens in preparation, landscaping, ample car parking and a proposal for a 'tourist train' to run to and from the new-ish Museum of Nerja (see tip).
If you have never visited caves, or if they fascinate you anyway, then these are worth a visit. If you have visited, for example, the Skocjan caves in Slovenia...or even the Blue John mines in Derbyshire..they may not much impress. Personally, I feel they should make much, much more of the prehistory which has been discovered. Whilst visiting the actual caverns is obviously not feasible (it would damage the paintings) there should at least be full-size replicas created for visitors to see, with explanations about the importance.
The entrance fee is 9 euro, which isn't cheap.
NB Flip-flops/thongs are not allowed. The caves aren't at all slippery nor in any way dangerous but there are notices making it very clear that you won't be able to visit if you are wearing flip-flops.
There's a regular bus to and from Nerja to the caves or, like me, you can walk. It's around 5.2km on the roads from the Balcon de Europa and is fairly easy going.
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CUEVA DE NERJA - NERJA CAVES
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
While in Nerja, a must see activity is to visit the CUEVA DE NERJA the Nerja Caves, a 3000 years old cave with colossal Stalactites. Hans and I thoroughly enjoyed going through the caves. At the time the entrance fee was 800 pesetas or $7.20 CDN.
Among its most outstanding features is a column of 32 metres in height made up of one billion drops of water.
Discovered in 1959, when five youngsters from Nerja and Maro stumbled upon it while on a nocturnal adventure hunting bats, Nerja Cave is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
There is a total of 4,283 metres of caves, of which only a third are open to the public. For the moment, you are only allowed to enter the areas called Galerias Bajas (the lower galleries), known for their high vaulted ceilings and beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites
One of the most spectacular caverns is the one known as the Cataclysm, an area on which Palaeolithic cave paintings (symbols and animals) can be seen.
As it was so dark inside the caves, it was next to impossible to take any decent photos, so the accompanying picture is from a post-card.
Cueva de Nerja
The caves were discovered accidentally in 1959 by two young boys playing in the surrounding hills. They were explored and revealed a history of cave dwelling dating back 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. Paintings of fishes and other animals were found hinting at the lifestyle of the Stone Age people who inhabited the caves.
The discovery, exploration and opening up of the caves played an important part in the transformation of Nerja from a simple, unspoilt fishing village into the busy, popular tourist destination it is today. First professional cavers, archaeologists and scientific historians came, then the sightseers and tourists.
The caves are well worth a visit. Quite apart from their historical significance the colours of the rocks and shapes of the stalagmites and stalagtites possess exceptional beauty.
Wear sensible footwear and be prepared for some tricky steps. The caves maintain a temperature of 20degrees C all year.
Visit Nerja Caves
You have to Visit Nerja Caves, Such a beautiful strange place,it's Just a few kilometres from Nerja. There lies one of the most important and oldest symbol of Spanish heritage in the country; the Nerja caves. Millions of years old and containing the oldest cave paintings in the country, The cave centre is very well organised and able to cope with the huge amount of visitors. You will find an informative visitors centre, a restaurant and bar, a lovely gift shop and well organised parking(where you can park your car in shaded areas). There is also a very nice play area for children.
These are breathtaking beautiful caves, Each July a festival of flamenco music and dance is held inside the caves.
Scientists investigating cave fauna have recently discovered species that were thought to be extinct in the caves. Amongst these, in areas not open to the public, are scarab beetles and blind scorpions. Alberto Atinavt, department head at the University of Granada, is carrying out studies on the interior and exterior micro fauna of the cave
you would be silly to pass this, you must visit, me and Gee couldnt believe how beautiful it was inside and the smell of the place with all the paintings ~~~
Opening times: ~July and August 09.30 - 8pm~Rest of year 09.30 - 6.30pm~
Enjoy a concert in the Caves of Nerja
Just three kilometres from the centre of town, lie one of Nerja's most spectacular attractions, its fascinating caves. Discovered in 1957, by some young boys out playing, they include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains.
One of the huge natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many music and flamenco performances are staged during the summer months.
It takes about an hour to wander round all the caverns, more if you like caves. And these are quite special.
You will find an informative visitors centre, a restaurant and bar, gift shop and well organised parking. There is also a play area for children.
Tickets are 5 Euros
July and August 09.30 - 8pm
Rest of year 09.30 - 6.30pm
Apparently, during a local fiesta, everyone goes to the caves area for dancing, singing and (extremely large) picnicking -
I think this is the May fiesta (I will check) - We were advised to get there early in the day.
We haven't made it yet, but it is our intention ; )
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caves of nerja / cuevas de nerja
the caves of Nerja are located in the slopes of Sierra Almijara mountains a few kilometers from the town of Nerja.
length of the cavity 7219,28m of polygonais.
only one third of the halls are open for tourists.
low galleries (entrance hall, creche hall, elephant eye tooth hall, ballet hall, phantoms hall and cataclysm hall)
sometimes there are concerts inside.
dont forget your flashlight.
july / august
10 am 2pm and 4pm to 8pm
rest of the year
10 am to 2pm and 4pm to 6.30pm
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Las cuevas de Nerja
The caves of Nerja are probably its most famous attraction and a few kilometers away from the town center. In the mountains surrounding Nerja, these caves have developped in the past millions of years.
A visit to all the Halls that are open to the public will take around 45 minutes. That's about the time you need to walk between the stalactites and stalacmites of these karstic cavaties.
Only one third of the total cave system is open for touristic visits. The total volume of the Caves of Nerja is however much larger: 264,379.33 m3.
Some 25,000 years ago the caves were even inhabited...
Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its fascinating caves, located just three kilometres from the centre of town. They include archaeological treasures such as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains. One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many performances are staged during the summer.
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