Cueva de Nerja

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Cueva de Nerja
4.5
Caverns & Caves
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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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With a volume of more than 100,000 m3 and a surface covering 9,371 m2, the Tourist galleries represent approximately one-third of the cave. The cave has been used as a habitat, a burial site and for cultural expression. There are remnants testifying to the passage of hunters, gatherers and fishermen from more than 30,000 years ago. The General Visit starts with the screening of a audiovisual presentation in which you will be able to see spectacular details of the cave (10 minutes). Then an audio-guided visit through the different chambers of the Cave, in a pleasant walk of about 45 minutes where you will discover the many secrets the grotto keeps (audio-guided in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian and Russian). When the cave closes its doors, a small group of privileged people can enter the mystery of the underworld to enjoy the magnificence and beauty of the cave, and discover its secrets. You can choose between three modalities of Exclusive Tours
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Gwespyr
Rhyl, UK1,698 contributions
We went up to the caves on two occasions, the first to visit the caves themselves and the second to do a walk up the hill behind the visitor centre. On both occasions we travelled there on the land train which goes from opposite the Eurosur offices which are at the junction of Castilla Perez and Calle Malaga. the service was hourly on the hour from this stop and it is possible to book a combination ticket for the train and entry to the caves or just a ticket for the train (4 euros for a return trip for two adults). It makes sense to buy the combination if a visit to the caves is intended - we paid 18.30 euros for such a ticket and that covered two adults. It is possible to walk up to the caves from the town centre as it is about 4 kilometres one way.
The visitor centre has a restaurant, toilet facilities and a souvenir shop as well as rooms for educational purposes. There is also ample car parking adjacent to the visitor centre although I do not know if thee is a charge. Apparently, there is a local service bus that also stops close to the caves but, again, I do not know the details of how frequent the service is or the cost.
We visited the caves in January when the COVID pandemic was slowly easing and so visitors were few and certain restrictions were still in place (e.g. masks etc).
The caves are a natural marvel and it is possible to self guide through the marked trail although it is also possible to have a guided tour with a member of staff. When entering the caves a audio guide on an app can be downloaded to a mobile phone which gives a very good commentary at certain points within the caves explaining how each feature came about and how the caves were discovered and are being preserved.
It is worth remembering that new areas and new caverns are still being opened up in the complex so it is a work in progress.
Written March 8, 2022
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Janet W
Brussels, Belgium217 contributions
Solo
While in Malaga I decided to visit the nearby town of Nerja and see some caves outside of town. Without a car, it is less easy to organize as buses are infrequent. First, let me give some practical information. From Malaga, I left from the stop called Puerta Malaga, which is closer than going to the regular bus station. But it’s advisable to book your ticket in advance. I was lucky to get on the bus, but some people were not lucky and had to wait for the next one. The bus ticket costs €4.70 one-way. Please check the times, because the buses aren’t so frequent. Once you arrive in Nerja, you can buy your return ticket at the bus kiosk across from the drop-off point, so you’ll be sure to have a place on the way back to Malaga. I also recommend reserving in advance the visit to the caves, as it’s a popular place to visit.

Here are the current times (Aug., 2021) for the buses from Nerja to the caves (Cuevas): Departures are at 9:35, 11:05, 11:40, 13:10, 13:50, 14:20. The bus trip takes 10~15 minutes. My bus came 30 minutes late, so I barely made it in time for my booked time at the caves. The ticket costs only €1.20. The return bus trip from Nerja Caves to Nerja are at the following times: 10:30, 12:30, 13:15, 14:30, 15:25, 16:30, and 17:30. While taking the bus back from the caves, I realized that the bus was continuing on to Malaga. The driver understood my request to go on to Malaga and when he stopped in Nerja for more passengers, he allowed me to jump out and at the ticket kiosk pay the difference in the ticket price and jump back on. If you explore Nerja in advance of going to the caves, it’s best to buy your ticket from the caves straight back to Malaga.

The caves were even prettier than I’d expected. Stalactites, stalagmites, the usual features of such caves. They give you an audio guide to put over one ear, included in the ticket price. It’s a lovely visit and not so steep or dangerous. I’ll try to post a few photos which I took with my phone, so not the best quality due to the darkness. I recommend this place if you have time to visit. There’s a restaurant on site and apparently a botanical garden, which I didn’t see.
Written August 19, 2021
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Nina A
London, UK42 contributions
Took a bus from Malaga to Nerja and the final stop was the caves. We purchased the tickets (14 Euros) once there and were lucky enough to only have to wait 15 mins to the next entry/tour. I would advise to book tickets online if you prefer not to wait.

The caves are great and very interesting. The audio guide is informative and helpful incl.in the ticket price. Lots of walking and stairs. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful. Their is a cafe / restaurant beside the ticket office. It is about an hours scenic walk back to Nerja city centre, however, there are plenty of buses which only take about 10 mins to get back into Nerja town.
Written May 31, 2021
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RyZigger
Staffordshire, UK38 contributions
Booked through the web-site and despite it advertising discounts for young people (and us having bought such tickets) the card required to obtain such a discount is the very specific (and little known) European Youth Card, which of course we did not have.

Sadly they absolutely refuse to accept national identity cards and student cards if you want a student/childrens discount. Payment of a supplement of 2 euros per person ensured we were able to enter, but we question whether it was worth it given the already steep entrance fee.

Much fuss is made about the art work and early forms of some written communication, but these were not identifiable anywhere making the aural explanation largely redundant. Otherwise its just a cave with a load of stalactites and stalagmites, of which there are far better examples in other places in Europe.
Written July 5, 2021
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First of all: thanks for your comments and suggestions. We consider them very useful for the intention of constantly improvement of the experience of our visitors. Answering you: -The European Youth Card is standard, we´re sorry. -Nerja Cave has been declared Historic Interest Cultural. It needs maintenance and care, the price responds to the uniqueness it offers, it is unique in the world. Practically all of our collection goes to the maintenance, management, conservation, adaptation and promotion of this natural heritage. -All the caves in the world are magnificent, of course, and truly incomparable. Nerja Cave -declared as a site of Cultural Interest In 2006- is rich in stalactites, columns and other formations of great beauty that you cannot see anywhere else. All of them are framed in rock vaults of overwhelming dimensions. With a Guiness Record column! It's an authentic museum of speleothems and, therefore, declared a Site of Geological Interest of international relevance. -You can´t visit the cave art, for conservation reasons. We inform about it in our communications and on our website. You can see images and videos of the cave paintings in the Museum of Nerja. Thanks and best regards.
Written October 6, 2021
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Volha B
Estepona, Spain14 contributions
When I planned to go there, I thought that nothing will impress me because I had seen couple of more caves in other countries before that. And you know, I was impressed :) It was really interesting to listen audio guide, follow the excursion and observe all "rooms". Btw, audio guide was on Russian that is my native language and it made the excursion even more easy to follow. All excursions are in groups by schedule, so you cannot come there any time that you want, you need to buy a ticket for a particular timeslot and don't miss start time. We bought tickets in advance online to make sure that places for us are reserved. Also using this ticket to Caves it was possible to visit some museum in Nerja (but we didn´t have for this enough time, so I have nothing to say about this, but as I remember it was valid during next week or 2 next weeks, not mandatory to do in the same day). If you come there from Málaga, there is a direct buses, so can go from Málaga María Zambrano straight to Nerja Caves, or have a bus to Nerja and there change to another one (personally, I think that first option is better).
Written May 30, 2020
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Kendall K
703 contributions
Solo
I enjoyed seeing and being able to walk through Nerja’s caves. The way the earth creates such beautiful structures and natural formations is nothing short of amazing. The history of how the caves were discovered was interesting and I’m glad they were found because if not, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy them. There’s a helpful audio guide device that you can get on the tour to learn about each section of the cave and get a brief history lesson.
Written March 19, 2022
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada740 contributions
Couples
The cave is just a short distance from Nerja and so worth a visit. We’ve been to many caves before and this one was totally different from anything we’ve seen. It’s absolutely huge! I’d love to be here in the summer when they have musical performances inside. For €13, you get the cave tour with an audioguide. No need to push any buttons, it gives a commentary as you walk through. We were given a timed entry as only so many go in at a time and we were accompanied by an escort. There are lots of stairs up and down and no flash photography allowed. There is a large parking lot and plenty of roaming around to do while you wait for your entry. Just stunning!
Written February 29, 2020
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BanzaiClepton
Dublin, Ireland575 contributions
Family
It is well worth a visit as tbe caves are a wonder. However other things make it less of a good day out. You cannot see the cave art - this is not viewable by the public. The audioguide will not connect to bluetooth so you walk around with hour phone to your ear and the numbered areas are easy to miss. The onsite shop and restaurant are meh.
Written June 10, 2022
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Answering you: -Thank you for evaluating our cave positively. -You can´t visit the cave art, for conservation reasons. We inform about it in our communications and on our website. You can see images and videos of the cave paintings in the Museum of Nerja. -Currently, due to the Covid-19 crisis, all visits are audio-guided. It has 2 options, the traditional audio guide -which you can hire separately- and the audio guide on a mobile phone, which is free, and which you must download -in full- before entering the cavity, which we inform about on our website. and on various billboards around the venue. Once downloaded outside, inside the cave you can listen to it without any problem, since it is on your phone, it does not need internet. Both are very easy to use, since the route is numerical and appears on the light beacons. Press the corresponding number in the audio guide (either app or terminal), as explained before entering and on our website. Our staff tells you how to use it and advises you if you have any problems.Thanks and best regards. Thanks and best regards.
Written July 7, 2022
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trainback
London, UK256 contributions
The caves are well worth a visit when in Nerja. If you are staying in Nerja the best way to get there is to book tickets at the Museum (in the new plaza at Nerja) and catch the small train that leaves Nerja every 30 mins. Allow a few hours for the round trip.
Written September 8, 2021
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rosentel
Bournemouth, UK255 contributions
Couples
I must admit we have visited many caves on our travels and in every case we came away underwhelmed. This is so special, we had a truly magnificent experience strolling through accompanied by our audio guide. We found its sheer size very impressive, it was also a welcome break from the heat outside, a pleasant excursion. Just one word of caution, the walkway can be a little slippery in places, well it is a natural wonder so that's unsurprising. Definitely a must visit if you are in the locality.
Written August 18, 2020
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