Best known for its historical architecture and compelling art galleries, Malaga in the south of Spain is also home to one of the most incredible natural attractions in the country: Malaga’s Nerja Caves. Known as Cuevas de Nerja in Spanish, this spectacular landmark is definitely worth visiting during your trip to Andalusia. It will leave you spellbound with its remarkable beauty that was first discovered almost 70 years ago.
What are the Nerja Caves?
Malaga’s Nerja Caves are a network of giant caverns that cover almost 5km. The caves are categorised into galleries. Each gallery is made up of several halls, some of which are closed off to the public for further excavation. Highlights include the largest stalagmite in the world (measuring a staggering 32m tall). Several fluted columns can be struck to create different musical notes. Also on display is one of the skeletons found when the caves were first discovered.
Why visit Malaga’s Nerja Caves?
Unless you’re particularly into geology, you might think a trip to Malaga’s Nerja Caves could be a bit on the dull side. That couldn’t be further from the truth. As you move from gallery to gallery, you’ll be left awe-struck at the incredible sights all around you.
The towering rock formations are optimally lit by carefully-chosen atmospheric lights to make the natural wonders look their best. The audioguide tour takes around 40 minutes. You’ll spend most of that time craning your neck to admire the spectacular columns and snapping away with your camera.
History of Malaga’s Nerja Caves
On January 12th, 1959, a group of boys from a nearby village went hunting for bats. They spent the night watching huge numbers of bats fly in and out of tiny holes in the rocks. Curious to see what was inside, they returned the next day with tools to dislodge a few stalactites and enter. Once inside, they discovered a pile of skeletons and some ceramic pottery.
Eager to share their find, they rushed home and told their family, friends and teachers of their discovery, but no one was really interested. It wasn’t until a medical expert and professional photographer visited the caves that they discovered just how spectacular they really were.
Visiting Malaga’s Nerja Caves
- The Nerja Caves’ address is Carr. de Bajada a Playa de Maro, s/n, 29787 Nerja, Málaga.
- They’re open every day of the year, except January 1st and May 15th.
- Opening hours are 9:30am to 3:30pm, except during July, August and Easter when the opening hours are 9:30am to 6:30pm
- The standard audioguide visit is €11.75 for adults, €9.75 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.
- The audioguide is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Russian.
- Guided tours are €15 for adults (€13.75 is you book online), €13/€11.75 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.