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Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja) Tours

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Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja)
The enormous prehistoric Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja) boast extensive grottoes, archaeological remains, and the world’s largest column, rising 105 feet (32 meters) up. The cave formations look like organ pipes, and the area’s evidence of human habitation stretches back 25,000 years to the Paleolithic Period. Galleries display artifacts, paintings, and skeletons unearthed since the caves were discovered in 1959. 

The Basics
As one of the most popular historical sites in Spain, a trip to Andalucia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Nerja Caves. Most travelers explore the caves on a day trip from Malaga or Granada, often combined with a visit to the seaside villages and sandy beaches of the Costa Tropical (Tropical Coast). General admission to the caves includes an audiovisual introduction and a 45-minute audio tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The caves are a must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers.
  • Remember to bring a light jacket, as it can be significantly cooler inside the caves.
  • Flip-flops are not permitted inside the caves.
  • The Nerja Caves are not wheelchair- or stroller-accessible.

How to Get There
The Nerja Caves are just under two miles (three kilometers) east of the Andalucian town of Nerja, which in turn is 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Malaga. Buses run regularly to the caves from Nerja every day except Sunday. If you’re driving, the caves are just off the N-340 coastal road. The hop-on hop-off Cave Train (Cueva Tren) connects the caves with the Nerja Museum, Maro Square, and Parque Verano Azul.

When to Get There
The Nerja Caves are open daily, with the exception of New Year’s Day and Romeria de San Isidro on May 15. Sunday mornings can get busy, as entrance is free for Nerja residents. The natural amphitheater is a memorable venue for the concerts and classical music performances held here over the year. If visiting in July, you might be lucky enough to catch the annual flamenco festival.

Visiting the Nearby Nerja Museum
The Nerja Museum, opened in 2011, recounts the history of Nerja from its earliest cave dwelling Paleolithic residents through the tourist boom of the 1960s. Divided into four themed areas, the museum houses several objects discovered in the Nerja Caves alongside informational panels describing their significance.
Address: Nerja, Spain
Hours: Winter hours: 9am - 3pm. Summer hours (July & August) plus Thursday, Friday, & Sunday during Easter week: 9am - 5:30pm
Admission: Adults: €10
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Frigiliana and Nerja Tour from Costa del Sol

Frigiliana and Nerja Tour from Costa del Sol

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Sugar-cube houses, Moorish fortresses, and the Mediterranean coast await you on this half-day tour to Frigiliana and Nerja. Begin with a pickup from Costa del Sol, and then travel by air-conditioned coach to the village of Frigiliana. Wander along narrow streets thronged with snug houses, enjoy a guided tour of the village's Moorish stronghold, and walk along the cliffside promenade. Then, continue to nearby Nerja, once a sleepy fishing village. Explore the postcard-perfect Old Town, and upgrade your tour to include a visit to the prehistoric Caves of Nerja.
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Nerja and Frigiliana from Costa del Sol, Private Trip

Nerja and Frigiliana from Costa del Sol, Private Trip

Do not miss this lovely trip to Nerja and Frigiliana, two of the most popular destinations in Costa del Sol. These villages have kept their traditional charm and typical spanish village flavour. See the amazing views from Nerja "Balcony of Europe" and visit the Caves, among the oldest in all the continent. Enjoy the spectacular beaches in Nerja, considered among the most beautiful in Costa del Sol. Smell the moorish atmosphere in Frigiliana, one of the prettiest and enchanting village in Spain.
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What are Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja) hours of operation?
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Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja) hours of operation: Winter hours: 9am - 3pm. Summer hours (July & August) plus Thursday, Friday, & Sunday during Easter week: 9am - 5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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