The Nerja Caves

The famous Nerja Caves are found in Maro, a district of Nerja (Málaga). 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. The Nerja Caves are the perfect place to relive a bit of Nerja’s past. The caves in Nerja have been classed as a “Good of Cultural Interest”, a form of heritage register in Spain.

In the Nerja Caves, you and your family will enjoy a 45-minute excursion of one of the most important caves in the World. Here you will find the oldest work of art known to man and also some of the largest rock formations around.
In the Nerja Caves there exist 3 galleries, as far as we know. The public gallery, the high gallery, and the new gallery, though at this moment only the public gallery is open to tourists.

What really sticks out of this cave, are the numerous amount of speleothems present. They are present on the ceiling, floor, and walls. There are various types:

  • Stalactites
  • Stalactites
  • Columns
  • Gours
  • Spirals

In the Nerja Caves there are also 589 rock paintings, as far as we know. 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.

Opening hours for the Nerja Caves

Normal hours

The normal opening hours are from 9:00am till 3:30pm

Special hours

The caves have special opening hours for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Semana Santa (around easter time, a very similar festivity) and during the months of July and August. These opening hours are from 9:30am till 6:00pm.

How to get to the Nerja Caves?

The Nerja Caves are found in Maro, 39km from our house “Cortijo Los Capitos. To get here by car, you have two options: on the old national 340 road or the A7 motorway.

Address of the Nerja Caves
  • Address: Carretera de Maro, s/n,29787 Nerja, Málaga
  • Latitude: 36.761688
  • Longitude: -3.844792
  • Website:
  • Phone: 952 52 95 20

Prices of the Nerja Caves

The price of entry to the Nerja Caves is:

    • Adults: 10 €.
    • Kids between 6-12: 6 €.

Kids under 6: free of charge

You can buy tickets online here

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