The wondrous caves of Nerja


The caves of Nerja

There are caves and there are CAVES… the ones that make you gape in awe and fill you with an immense sense of wonder. I’ve visited many caves on my travels around the world and only a handful of them fall into this latter category. The caves of Nerja are one of them. Located near the town of Nerja in the province of Málaga in Spain, the caves are a series of caverns that stretch almost 5 kilometers. Discovered by accident by a group of friends in 1959, the caves have since become one of the top natural attractions in Spain.

The caves of Nerja comprise several humongous caverns, one of which is open to the public. This ‘Show Gallery’ is equipped with trails and staircases that make it easy and comfortable for visitors to see the caves. Once inside, I was simply bowled over by the fantasy-like forest of stalagmites and stalactites. It was like I’d landed in a surreal dream!


One of the amazing caverns.


So surreal!


A forest of stalactites!

There are many amazing structures to admire in the cave but one will definitely grab your attention and keep you staring for ages: the massive column in the Hall of the Cataclysm. This column, the largest of its kind in the world (with a height of 33 meters), is absolutely awe-inspiring!


The largest column of its kind in the world!

In 2012, scientists discovered paintings of seals. These paintings are presumed to have been created by Neanderthalers some 40,000+ years ago! The paintings are still being studied and are not accessible for the general public.

Getting to the caves of Nerja

The easiest way to get there is by car – the caves (Cuevas de Nerja) are located just off the Maro exit (295) of the A7/E15 coastal highway that connects Málaga and Almeria. The drive from Málaga takes less than an hour. There are also regular buses from Nerja and Málaga.

Tip: wear sturdy shoes with a good grip as some of the trails/stairs can be wet and slippery.

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2 Responses to “The wondrous caves of Nerja”

  1. Keith Jenkins 29/07/2015 12:51 pm

    Hi Rob,

    That’s so true! The caves are a great escape from the Andalucian summer heat!

  2. rob hermans 29/07/2015 12:43 pm

    they truly are stunning!
    also nice to cool down a bit in this super warm area of Andalucia, Spain..

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