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Las Cuevas de Nerja: everything you need to know

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In the picturesque town of Nerja, in the province of Malaga, hides a natural treasure that has fascinated visitors and locals alike: the Nerja Caves. Discovered in 1959 by a group of amateur explorers, these caves not only dazzle with their impressive geological formations, but also tell the story of human presence over the centuries. From Visitanddo.com we tell you everything you need to know to visit the caves of Nerja.

History of the Nerja Caves

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The accidental discovery of the Nerja Caves took place on 12 January 1959, when five young men, led by Francisco Navas Montesinos, looking for bats in the Sierra de Almijara. Finding a small opening in the rock, they decided to explore it, never imagining the incredible underground world they would discover.

News of the discovery spread quickly, attracting the attention of experts in speleology and archaeology. The first official expedition was organised in February 1960, led by the speleologists Francisco Navas Montesinos and José Luis Barbero. As they explored the caves, were amazed by the geological formations and cave paintings that adorned the walls of the caves.

What to see in the Nerja Caves

What to see in the Nerja caves

The Nerja Caves are home to impressive geological formations that have been sculpted over millennia. These marvellous caves offer a unique experience, including:

The Foyer

A large hall welcomes visitors and displays some of the most remarkable formations in the caves. To descend through the dark underground passages is to enter a fascinating world of stalactites and stalagmites that have taken shape over millennia.

The Cascade Hall

Highlighted by a stalactite that resembles a waterfall, this room is one of the most impressive in the caves.

The Music Hall

So called because of its excellent acoustics. Concerts and musical events are held in this hall on an occasional basis. The fusion of natural beauty with human creativity makes these events an unforgettable experience, where the music resonates in harmony with the surrounding rock formations.

The Column

An impressive natural column formed by the union of a stalactite and a stalagmite, rising up to 32 metres high. This marvel of geology is one of the largest stalactites in the world, a jewel that has taken centuries to sculpt drop by drop. The Column is a tangible reminder of the slow and steady work of nature, a lesson in patience and the beauty that lies deep within the earth.

The Cataclysm

A room that recalls a great collapse in the past, evidenced by huge blocks of fallen stone. The Hall of the Cataclysm, with its majestic stalagmites, is a true spectacle that leaves visitors speechless at the magnificence of nature's handiwork.

Visit the Nerja Caves

Visit the Nerja Caves

Tickets:

Tickets for the Nerja Caves can be purchased on site, at the ticket office, or through the official web site of the caves. There can be different types of tickets, such as regular tickets, reduced rates for students and children, as well as guided tour options. These tickets include: the visit to the Nerja Cave, free audio guide through a mobile app, visit to the Nerja Museum and the Virtual Reality Room.

Highlights include the night visit with Miguel Joven, "Tito" in Blue summerwhere you will meet this endearing actor from the famous Spanish series and walk through the caves in the dark, lit by lanterns. A different and very exciting experience.

Timetable:

The opening hours of the Nerja Caves may vary according to the season. Generally, the caves are open every day, but specific opening times may change. In addition, there may be temporary closures for maintenance or other events. Check for updated timetables before your visit..

The general opening hours are from 09:30h to 16:30h, with the last access time being 15:30h. In summer and on special dates it is usually open until 19:00h.

Prices:

Ticket prices vary according to age, nationality and type of visit. Discounts are usually available for students and groups, and children up to 5 years old are free. Prices start at €15 per adult for general admission.

In addition, there are possibilities to buy packages that include different tourist attractions such as the combination of the visit to the Nerja Cave and the tourist train with a round trip on the "Cueva-Tren", with stops in Nerja, Plaza de los Cangrejos Park, Maro and Nerja Cave, check the timetable here.

You can also access visit the cave for freeThis free visit is available from Monday to Friday at 9:30 a.m., with a limit of 60 tickets per day for members of the European Union. The ticket does not include an audio guide. These tickets can only be purchased online at 9:30 am, 48 hours before the day of the visit, with a maximum of 2 tickets per person. For example, if you plan to visit on a Wednesday, you can purchase tickets on the Monday before at 9:30am. These tickets are valid for the 9:30am shift only, and entry is not permitted after 9:30am, so punctuality is recommended.

If you download the audio guide on your mobile phone beforehand, it will be free of charge. However, please note that these tickets do not include access to the Virtual Reality Room. If you wish to enjoy this experience, you can purchase it separately during the purchase process, at an additional cost of 5 euros.

Recommendations for visiting the caves of Nerja

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Here are some recommendations to make the most of your visit:

  1. Buy your tickets in advance: The Nerja Caves are a popular attraction, especially during the tourist season. To avoid long queues, consider buying your tickets in advance, either online or at the ticket office if you're nearby.
  2. Select the type of visit: The caves offer different types of visits, from basic tours to more detailed experiences with specialised guides. Choose the option that best suits your interests and time availability.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear: The caves have a constant temperature, but it can be cool inside. Wear comfortable clothes and be sure to wear suitable walking shoes, as there are stairs and uneven terrain.
  4. Check opening hours: Check the opening and closing times of the caves before planning your visit. Make sure you have enough time to explore all areas and enjoy the unhurried experience.
  5. Join a guided tour: Local guides offer valuable information about the geology, history and archaeology of the caves. A guided tour can enrich your experience and provide interesting background on the rock formations and cave paintings.
  6. Respect rules and regulations: To preserve the caves and ensure the safety of visitors, follow the established rules and regulations. Avoid touching the rock formations and follow the instructions of the staff.
  7. Enjoy the Hall of Cataclysm and The Column: These are two of the highlights of the Nerja Caves. Take the time to admire the impressive stalagmites and stalactites, as well as the majestic Column.
  8. Visit the Prehistoric Exhibition: At the end of the tour, you will find an exhibition displaying archaeological artefacts and replicas of the cave paintings found in the caves. It is an opportunity to learn more about the ancient history of the region.
  9. Participate in cultural events: If you have the opportunity, attend cultural events or concerts held in the caves. The unique acoustics of the site make these experiences truly special.
  10. Explore the surroundings: After visiting the caves, take time to explore the charming town of Nerja. Its beaches, picturesque streets and gastronomic offerings will complement your experience.

The Nerja Caves are a gift of nature and a window to the past, it is one of the most beautiful caves in the world. top 10 things to see in Nerja.

If you wish to organise a visit to Nerja on your own, take advantage of our day trip to Nerja and Frigiliana from Malaga which includes:

  • Transport to and from Málaga & Costa del Sol
  • English and Spanish speaking guide during the coach trips and excursion.
  • Free time in Frigiliana
  • A glass of wine and tapas in Frigiliana
  • Free time in Nerja

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