Cueva del Tesoro
Cueva del Tesoro
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Rincón de la Victoria owns a unique place in Europe, Cueva del Tesoro. It is one of the only three marine caves known in the world. The other two are in Asia and Central America. For all the locals, visitors and tourists of Malaga it is a must see! The history, archeology and legend are united in Cueva del Tesoro, also known as Cueva del Higuerón. In its galleries were found remains of the Palaeolithic and the Bronze Age, as well as samples of Cave Art (Arte Rupestre). In a comfortable walk through its cavities, you can enjoy the curious forms that water has shaped over millennia. Perhaps, with a bit of luck, you will find the famous treasure that, it is said, still remains in the cave.
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Neatham
UK643 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
These unusual caves are fascinating. It is well laid out inside and the free audio guide helps you understand what you are seeing.

We had to book online in advance, but the benefit was that numbers are limited so you can really appreciate the caves.
Written October 26, 2021
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mariaben64
Sydney, Australia310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited the caves as a family group and spent an interesting hour walking through the various caverns and listening to the audio guide providing information on the history and features. Good value and an unexpected surprise. The caves are unusual in that they were formed by the action of the sea millions of years ago when the sea level was much higher. Well worth a visit for all ages.
Written January 2, 2020
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Shallwegothere
Ulceby, UK212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
I've described as good but this is due to car park facilities, price, ability to book ahead and free audio guide.
It is well laid out but in geological terms, many features are missing or look to have been destroyed when the caves where originally being explored.
The tour does make the most of the remaining geological features.
Written April 5, 2022
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Mrblaw
Miami Lakes, FL228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a really different place. Apparently there are only 3 in the world. It’s great also to come in from the heat. It’s not intensive but it’s definitely unique. The audio information is great because it’s not overly long and easy to get through. Make sure you go to both sides. It was worth it.
Written July 23, 2023
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Chris D
United Kingdom200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
This is very easy to reach. Come off the main A7 at junction 251 and head south direct towards the sea. Past some high rise residential flats, The road suddenly twists left and on the right is a wire fence beyond which is a small bluff (cliff) over which you can look down towards the car and coach park with the modern low rise building being the entrance to the caves. However you continue down the right towards the sea to gain entrance.

It was closed in Siesta time during July between the hours of 2 - 4pm.
It is government run and the building is clean, toilets satisfactory but limited capacity.
Take a proof of identity and date of birth to prove you are a pensioner. Admission then 2.75 Euros. Otherwise adults are 4.65 Euros each (July prices).

There are set times to be guided but actually the cave system is small enough to see on your own. However we recommend the guided tour because there is so much you would miss on your own. The Guide speaks at least english and spanish. Brochures are free in spanish for contact details (set out below herein).

On the reception hall and stairway down to the assembly point in the first cave, there are glass encased, illuminated artefacts with not so short captions in English and Spanish. This may add 10 minutes to your tour so give yourselves this much extra time to reach the assembly point in the first cave.

There is also a small lift from the reception hall to the first cave for those with walking impairments but note even when you are down there are still stair to negoitiate but not a large number of them. Moderate mobility will do.

When you get to the very bottom of the cave system you come upon an underground river and two pools. The guide says that when it is very quiet in that particular part of the cave, you can sometimes hear the mediterranean tide even though you must be nearly a kilometre inland.

Do not forget to ask your guide why one of the explorers dynamited himself to bits!!!! No joke.
However the cave system is safely run and has low level lighting to aid your tour.

The claim to fame is apparently 5 moorish kings fleeing from invaders in their native ancient Algeria, who apparently hid their treasured valuables in this cave. Even better man first started using this cave 25,000 years ago.

We know tours take place at 11.30am;12.15am and 1pm.
As said above closed between 2 - 4pm and there are more in the afternoon but we took the 4pm tour. It last about 25 minutes and you can be out in a further 10 minutes all the way to the top if you are reasonably fit. The caves were small enough to be illuminated by flash, which is permitted in this place.

The prehistoric cave painting are very limited but there are other compensations to a visit. Think of visiting a place in peace off the beaten track as a minor attraction on the way into Malaga or after a hot day on the beach.

Beware opening and closing times vary with the seasons. Telephone first to check -(limited but good english spoken by some staff).

There is moderate parking / circulation for coaches and car parking. The car spaces are under small sloping roofs rather like a bicycle rack to shade vehicles from the heat of the sun.

Contact details as follows:-
Tel: ++952 40 61 62
Fax ++952 97 83 00
www.rincondelavictoria.es
www.cuevadeltesoro.com.

Malaga 12 km
Nerja 30 km.
Not well signposted from junction 251 of the A7. Look up it's location on the internet before you
go.
If you get lost, ask the locals (you are in a residential suburb) for directions to "Cuevas Del Tesoro". I was not looking closely in the reception hall but do not remember seeing anywhere to purchase food and drinks so bring your own.

In our view young children would be safe except when you get to the small ponds and there you would have to hold their hands. You would struggle with baby buggies but it is small enough to be do-able. Put baby in a backpack..... the low level lighting and coolness (not cold) is good for all ages.

The car park and reception building are surrounded by good planting.... well done spanish government.

Chris, Anna and Jordan
Written August 16, 2012
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Eppar
Espoo, Finland84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Fascinating formations, interesting history. It was rather quiet in April, which was nice. We also appreciated the audio guide. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Nice (new) big restaurant right opposite to Cueva del Tesoro, with good food and amazing views of the coastline from the upstairs terrace bar.
Written May 9, 2019
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Eli_765
Sofia, Bulgaria27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
The cave is really interesting and free to visit on Mondays. Keep in mind that it is open for less hours during winter season, which begins on 16th of September. It has it's own parking. The cave is one of 3 known marine caves the world and the only one you can visit in Europe. It has very interesting formations and the little lakes inside of it, although artificial, are really beautiful to see. The audio guide was really helpful.
Written September 26, 2018
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johnmodesto
Modesto, CA713 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
This cave is conveniently located off the main freeway between Malaga and Almeria in Cala del Moral, which is part of Rincon de la Victoria. There is plenty of free covered parking and an archaeological park which doesn't seem to have any ruins but a lovely view of the sea and a charming and well presented assortment of the arid plants that can survive this hot climate. This place shuts down during the siesta, visit the website before going. The tours are in Spanish, though our guide also gave a quick summary in English. There are detailed panels explaining the geology, history, ecology, etc. of the cave, you won't have time to read them before or during the tour but you can linger as you are leaving the cave and digest the extensive information. Caves are a specialty of Spain, this one is unique because it was formed mostly by the sea, being one of only 3 marine caves known. The cave is extensive with important ancient paintings, but you don't get to visit these parts on the tour. Still it is good value, cool on a hot summer day, and interesting.
Written July 27, 2016
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KayF1962
Bexley, UK63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Beware that the website said open 10-3 but we got there at 1.30 and it closed at 1pm and reopened at 3.45! But worth the visit when we got there. Very interesting, guide explained everything in English and Spanish and all info boards before you get into the first cave room are in English Only €4.65 to get in. Nice picnic area next door and natural park area too.
Written May 10, 2016
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BigT54
Spain11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
The Cueva del Tesoro, (the Treasure Cave) twixt the sea and the motorway at Rincon de la Victoria close to Malaga, is a feature demanding more investment. The 'only marine caves' in Europe has its positives - but oh so many areas for improvement. Other caves are more spectacular - including the nearby caves at Nerja, but these caverns, hollowed by the sea and raised into the public domain by volcanic activity and falling sea levels offer an almost unique view of life under water. The admission price is low (if over 65!), and the 'guided' tour' is short (40 minutes), and the formations are mainly white limestone smoothed into alluring shapes, akin to walking through an alien skeleton. The 'lakes' area lacks mood lighting - as does all the tour. The steps are not well indicated (and there are a lot of them - take a torch), and some of the safety features need attention (broken hand rails). The overall effect is one of 'well that was interesting', but little more. Some better lighting, a much clearer speaking guide (although she did try some English for our benefit - with a heavy Andalusian accent), and time to peruse the many display boards would help this attraction to be more attractive.
Written March 3, 2015
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