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El Soplao

+34 902 82 02 82
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Ranked #9 of 159 Attractions in Cantabria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

a magnificant cave with unique stalagmites and stalactite formations. a short easy walk round the cave - there is a guide who explains the geological formations - but you do a need very good understanding of spanish

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you are anywhere near these caves, and I mean within a few hundred miles ..you would be bonkers to miss this world class attraction, I have never seen stalagmites or stalactites for that matter before but wow what a display, I expected a large cave from a photograph I'd seen but never anything of the size that it turned... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Fascinating for anyone with even a passing interest in geology. Small old miners train takes you into the caves. They are full of stalactites and stalagmites, which are wonderful to see though many of them seem to have been damaged. Inevitable I suspect. Even the guide is only conducted in Spanish the guide very helpfully chatted to us in English... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

when we visited in 2010 we took the opportunity of not taking the train into the cavern, but descending on foot to visit parts of the cavern the main tour can't get to. You had to be reasonably physically fit, willing to do a bit of clambering/climbing, able to speak/understand Spanish so the guides could keep you safe and you... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Beauty mining Lost in the midst of the green Cantabria mountains, not far from the sea, you will find beautiful El Soplao Cave . The visit to the cave starts with a short but atmospheric ride in a miner ´s train, witness to the mining activity that took place at the cave since its discovery early 1900 If you like... More 

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Mafra, Portugal
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

the entrance of the cave using the ancient trains that transported minerals is rather rudimental, but going down you will see wonderful exemples of tiny exentric estagmatites and estalactites, i suppose they are the unique examples in the world, they are formed in so tiny way that they are really excentric as they cal them. Worth the visit. They say... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We went to the Cavern of El Soplao in October 2013 with two elderly family members and was a great surprise , the little old miners train trundles into the old mine and you find yourself deep into the caverns , it is very well organised , safe and interesting . A guide shows you around and explains the unique... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Scenery from out of this world. All you have read or seing is thruth, the views from the top are amazing totally a MUST SEE in Cantabria, SPAIN and BTW.. holds the WOLRD largest concentration of Excentricas (formation growing peaks in all directions) as well as plenty of stalactites and stalagmites. One of the most amazings natural sceneries I have... More 

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Kazan, Russia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

It's an amazing place not only for visiting with kids.It's marvellous! I think there are no many places in the world you can see so many stalactites and stalagmites the same forms. Stuff is very friendly. There are beautiful views around El Soplao. Have a good trip!

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Hampshire UK
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Great caves, had to wait about an hour so ate in self-service restaurant. Not much English spoken so meal was interesting but tasty. Best to wear an extra top as caves are quite cool, guided visit lasts about an hour but you can book an adventure tour involving climbing etc which looked great but not for us this time!

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