Caves of Nerja

Cave in Málaga

Nerjas Cave
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Mark Nakasone

The Cueva de Nerja or Caves of Nerja are a series of caves located in Maro which is a village three kilometres north of Nerja in the Province of Málaga, Spain. The Nerja caves consists of two four-kilometre long, 35-kilometre wide caves.

They were discovered on the 12th of January 1959 by a group of young locals who were on a late-night walk searching for bats.

Here you will find the oldest work of art known to man and also some of the largest rock formations around. There ahave been 590 rock paintings found so far. But, you can’t visit the areas where they are found due to conservation issues. These paintings are estimated to be from the Upper Paleolithic and recent ancient history.

Three galleries have been found: the public gallery, the high gallery, and the new gallery, though at this moment only the public gallery is open to tourists.

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Visiting Caves of Nerja


10am-4.30pm Sep-Jun, to 7pm Jul & Aug


adult/child €14/12

Address: Fundación Cueva de Nerja Carr. de Bajada a Playa de Maro 29787 Málaga Spain
Telephone: +34 952 52 95 20
Duration: 2 hours

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