The Most Popular Attraction in Nerja ...
... the Nerja Caves!
The Nerja Caves or “Cuevas de Nerja” is without doubt one of Nerjas most popular attractions.
In fact, according to the Nerja Tourist Office, the caves of Nerja are the 3rd most visited monument in all of Spain!
They are located about 3 kilometers out of Nerja near the town of Maro about 700 meters inland from the coast in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara mountain range.
The caves were accidentally discovered by 5 kids from Maro in January 1959 and they were open to the public a year later.
The caves are considered of extreme historic and cultural importance.
Based on human remains and artifacts found in the caves it is thought that the caves in Nerja were inhabited as far back as 30,000 years ago and ceased to be inhabited about 3,000 years ago.
Some of these artifacts can now be viewed in a small archeological museum at the entrance to the cave.
What can you see in the Caves?
The Nerja cave is made up of a number of impressive chambers which have been carved out of the limestone rock by underground streams over thousands of years.
The chambers are naturally adorned by spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
Only one third of the chambers are open to the public … about 1km in length.
The chambers have been fitted out with special lighting, and in some cases steps, staircases and balustrades have been fitted to make it easier for visitors to move from one chamber to another.
The chambers open to the public are as follows:
La sala de Belen (the Crib chamber)
La sala del Colmillo de Elefante (the Elephants Tusk chamber)
La sala de la Cascada (the Waterall chamber). This chamber is the most impressive with a height of about 30 meters.
It has remarkable acoustic properties and has been converted into a concert hall with seating capacity for 800 people.
The annual Nerja Caves Festival is held in the Waterfall chamber each yer.
La sala de los Fantasmas (the Ghosts chamber)
La sala de El Cataclismo (the Cataclysm chamber). This chamber has a huge column in its centre 18 metres in diameter that has been formed by the fusion of a stalactite and stalagmite.
Getting to the Caves
If you have your own car and are driving, getting to the caves of Nerja is relatively easy.
Just follow the old National 340 coast road (Avda Pescia) in an easterly direction out of town.
You’ll pass the old sugar mill on your left and just before you get to Maro you will get to a roundabout.
From there you’ll see sign posts which will take you to the caves.
If you don’t have a car, there is a public bus service that runs regular services to and from Nerja town and the Caves.
Alternatively, you can catch a taxi from town to the caves.
The Nerja Caves Festival
In July each year the Nerja Caves Festival is held.
This is an International Dance and Music festival with concerts being held inside the cave itself.
It really is an incredible spectacle, and well worth attending if you’re in Nerja in July.
The Caves are open in the morning between 10am and 2pm.
They then close at 2pm for lunch and re-open in the afternoon at 4pm until 6.30pm.
During the summer months of July and August the Caves are open continuously between 10am and 7.30pm.
However, during the week in July when the Nerja Caves Festival is on, the opening time is 10am to 6pm.
The caves are open every day except for 1st January and 15th May.
You can buy tickets for the Caves at the entrance to the cave. You don’t need to buy them in advance.
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