The Caves of Nerja or “Las Cuevas de Nerja” were not discovered until 1959 when some lads from neighbouring Maro stumbled upon the caves by accident. Located in the beautiful town of Nerja on the Costa del Sol, the caves are one of the main attractions in southern Spain.
The Ancient Caves of Nerja
The caves of Nerja system stretches for 5 km’s but it is believed to be one of the longest in Europe which could extend miles into the mountains of Granada in the north. The areas open to the public are much smaller by comparison to it’s considered length. The caves of Nerja are one of the most important geological discoveries of the 20th Century which contain paintings dating back tens of thousands of years.
These paintings were entered into the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 after being authenticated as the oldest that have ever been discovered. Other discoveries in the caves include Roman pottery and Moorish coins, not as significant as the paintings but still important finds.
Caves of Nerja Presentation & Guided Tours
The Cave of Nerja offer different types of visiting packages which entitles it’s visitors to additional and unique extras that are not part of the standard package. Below we provide information about the differences and what you can expect depending on the visiting package you select.
Standard Visit – The standard visiting package entitles everyone to a 10 minute audio-visual presentation of the caves which explains the features and history of the caves. After the presentation you will then take a 45 minute guided walk around the caves to discover it’s secrets. The tour guides provide audio in Spanish, English, Italian, Russian and the French languages.
Exclusive Visit – The exclusive visit is when a privileged few get the opportunity to have the caves all to themselves. Many of the secrets of the caves are hidden away from the general public and can only be seen during these visits. Certain areas such as the Chamber of la Torca and Mina are part of the exclusive and not the standard package. There is also the option of a night tour which allows you to enter the caves in total darkness with only a headlamp to guide you as you navigate the caves.
Cuevatren (Cave Train) – The Cuevatren (picture above) is possibly the best option as it takes you not only to the caves but to three other important places in the town. The other three stops include the Museum of Nerja, Maro Square and the Boat of Chanquete. The audio guide is available in English and Spanish and gives a good insight into each monument and place of interest.
Caves of Nerja Map, Route & Tourist Galeries
The image below provides information about the map, route and tourist galleries inside the caves (click to enlarge image).
The normal visiting times are between 9am in the morning when the caves open until 4pm with the last access at 3pm. July and August have a special timetable which allows entry until 6:30pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
Adults 10 €, 6-12 years 6 €,
Adults 15 €, 6-12 years 7 €
Adults 15 €, 6-12 years 10 €
Admission free for under 6 years.
You can check the Caves of Nerja website for the latest ticket prices and timetables.