Nerja Caves

Saturday, 26 August 2017 11:00

The Nerja Caves Foundation

Discovered in 1959 by 5 young men from the village, The Nerja Caves have been open to the public since 1960, and receives around four hundred thousand visitors per year, making it a major tourist attraction of Nerja and Axarquia.


It is located at the foot of the Tejeda and Almijara mountains, accessed from the A7, exit 295.
In 1961 it was declared an Artistic historical monument, due to the importance as an archaeological site and the ancient cave paintings within.
It is also considered an asset of cultural interest, under the status of archaeological site.
The cave is open all year round, except the 1st of January (New Year) and the 15th of May, when the San Isidro Pilgrimage is celebrated in its gardens.
There are special rates for large groups, schools, pensioners and associations.
It is a very pleasant touristic route, on which you will appreciate the enormous caverns, such as the cascade room and the spectacular cataclysm room, which contains a column that appears in the Guinness World Records. In each cavern there is a wide range of stunning formations created by a mixture of water and cal over millions of years; stalagmites, stalactites, and other natural creations.
Other activities carried out here are potholing and climbing up to the high galeries in small guided groups.
Other services are: audio guides, childrens play park, picnic area, restaurante-cafeteria with stunning views from the terrace, gift shop, photo souvenir and beautiful gardens.

The main objective of Nerja Caves Investigation Institution, founded in 1999, is conservation and scientific investigation.

International Music and Dance Festival
Since its inauguration in 1960 during the month of July, the International Music and Dance Festival is celebrated in the Nerja Caves, offering performances from important international artist such as Maya Plisetskaya, Ballet soloist of the Opera Vienna; spanish ballet stars like Sara Baras or Antonio Canales; lyrical dances like Montserrat Caballé, Jose Carreras or Alfredo Kraus; flamenco idols such as Paco de Lucía , Miguel Poveda or José Mercé; and those of classical music like Rostropovich.

Nerja Museum
The fantastic experience of immersing yourself into an underground world can be finished off nicely with a visit to the Nerja Museum. right in the historical centre of Nerja, above the Balcon de Europa car park.
Here you will find a display of archaeological artifacts discovered in the caves and a life size replica of the famous “camarin de las piciformes”, which is located in a non visible area of the caves. This chambre is unique in the world and contains paintings of seals which european scientists are working on to try and carbon date, as they may be the first rupestrian art works in human history.

It also contains audio-visual projections, touch screens and various interactive areas where adults and children alike can enjoy an unforgettable experience. Guided tours are available and educational tours for school groups.

 

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