Nerja Caves – Cuevas de Nerja
There are many things to keep a young family entertained close to Cantueso which are listed on our website, under ‘things to do‘. Below is a report by a young family who recently visited Nerja for a day out.
Our Day Out in Nerja
We decided to spend a day out in Nerja and having looked at the options decided to visit the Donkey Sanctuary and the Caves at Nerja.
Nerja Donkey Sanctuary
The Nerja Donkey Sanctuary has sadly had to close since this was written but animal lovers can see some of the original donkeys at El Refugio del Burrito. See www.elrefugiodelburrito.com for details. It is about 45 minutes drive from the coast near Fuente de Piedra which is famous for its Flamingo Lake.
Nerja Caves ‘Cuevas de Nerja‘
The Nerja Caves are a major tourist attraction and, judging by our visit, attract lots of Spanish people in addition to the many tourists.
The Nerja Caves are a large series of underground chambers which include the world’s largest stalagmite (the ones that rise from the floor of a cave) – an impressive 32 metre high column of rock. The caves were discovered by some local boys out watching bats in 1959 and have since been developed into a very well run site.
The World’s Largest Stalagmite
Entrance to the caves cost us €8.50 per adult and €4.50 per child (although children under 6 years of age are free). Audio guides are also available for hire, which explain the history, geology and facts about the caves. You enter the caves by walking down a wide staircase and instantly feel the cooler air underground. The cool air of the caves was a welcome change from the hot and sunny weather above ground.
The Large Chamber Used for Music Concerts
It takes around 30-40 minutes to follow the well-marked path through the various chambers, including the large chamber which is used to hold music concerts in a spectacular setting. Keen amateur photographers would no doubt enjoy taking advantage of the spectacular scenes and unusual lighting in the caves.
The caves are very well signed from the motorway and from the centre of Nerja – from where it takes no more that 10 minutes to drive. Right by the entrance to the caves is a restaurant (which serves very nice ice creams), gift shop and a shaded picnic area and children’s play park. All of which means that it is possible to spend a very nice half a day in and around the caves, if you include lunch in the restaurant or take your own picnic.