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Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta)

Benaojan, Benaojan, Spain
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Benaojan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A cave containing 25,000-year-old etched symbols.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were extremely surprised by the Pileta Caves! I went not sure what to expect and was delighted to see that we could get a relatively inexpensive hour long guided tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and the tour of the caves was really interesting.

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Quite amazing cave system with 3,000 Neolithic drawings. The guide spoke very good English, and explained in a lot of detail the finding of the caves, the exploration history, the paintings and what they do to conserve them. This is not a Disney version of what a cave system could be, this is dark, damp, slippery, dripping stalactites and amazing... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is definitely worth a visit! The caves have the oldest prehistoric cave paintings in Europe that can actually be seen up close, and it feels like a genuine cave, with bats flying over your head and not a sound and light show anywhere around. I would definitely combine this with lunch or dinner at Molino del Santo for a... More

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Senior Contributor
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

People need to be aware that whilst these caves may be worth a visit the people who run it don't deserve your money. Context - My family were travelling around Andalucia for 4 weeks and found everyone we encountered friendly, the food incredible and the sights superb. My wife speaks Spanish so phoned the cave up the day before to... More

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Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Good trip to escape the heat. Good explanation, wonderful to see. Paintings 40.000 years old, beautiful stone formations

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The tour allows access to only a tiny proportion of the cave and its paintings, but is well worth a detour. It's quite humbling to see the paintings and get a glimpse of life millenia ago. Wear shoes with a non-slip sole as it is quite slippery in spots, but you don't have to be super-fit or a mountain goat... More

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USA
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I agree with previous reviewers that this under-the-radar site is VERY special. The 32,000-42,000 year old drawings bring new meaning to the word "old." Wow. Wear good shoes, bring a sweater and prepare to be awestruck. Follow the instructions others have written for access and tours.

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NYC, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a once in a lifetime experience!!! In our previous trips (to France) it has been nearly impossible to see ACTUAL cave drawings in most caves - we have been seen replicas - this is a REAL cave - and REAL paintings from prehistoric and paleolithic times. Also - the drive there is spectacular through beautiful mountains. The tour... More

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New Gloucester, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Forty five years ago my husband visited the Pileta Caves He was so impressed as a young man that we have been looking forward to visiting for years. We were not disappointed! The unspoiled, pre-historic nature of the caves are beyond description. Few people in the world have the opportunity to see such a sight. All previous reviewers are correct... More

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England
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12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Visited from Ronda, approx 20 K by car. Pre booking not possible, unless a group of 15+. We arrived for the 16.00 tour and were successful. We were told by Tourist Office in Ronda that if 6 turn up the tour takes place and maximum numbers are 25 a tour. Tour lasts 'about 1 hour', ours was 1&1/4 hours. Good... More

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