Cueva El Soplao

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iceman_icestreet
The Ardennes, Belgium923 contributions
Friends
A brief train ride I to this superb cave system and then on foot. I was in awe viewing the magnificent Stalagmites and Stalagtights in many different formations, colours and development.

Well worth a visit if in the area.
Written September 10, 2021
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RatonCantabria
Cantabria2,733 contributions
We've been to el Soplao a few times, and it's really worth a visit. The caves are nothing like the others in Cantabria, nothing like Altamira, there are no paintings, it's the formations which are the attraction, they're totally unique and noone knows exactly how they're formed. When we've been before we've just done the normal guided tour (with the train into the cave and the tour), which was great, but this time we decided to do the adventure tour, and it was fantastia great experience. It's quite expensive, 30 Euros or so I think, and you need to book ahead, but it's worth it. You get dressed up in overalls and boots and hats with lights and they take you right into the cave, past the normal visiting area, to see more formations, and have the "lights out" experience. Some parts were quite wet and slippery and there were a few bits where you had to slide down slopes or up/down ropes and stairs, wouldn't recommend this tour for everyone (the normal one is fine), but that made it all the more fun. Make sure you leave enough time to get there, it takes longer from the motorway than you think and you have to collect the tickets 30 mins before, we've been caught out before with that.
Written January 6, 2011
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Wags63
Epsom, UK451 contributions
Family
The journey to the caves is an expedition in itself, but they did not disappoint. Arrive early if you haven't booked - very efficient train into the caves and a bout 45 minutes round them. More than just the usual stalactite formations - some very flowery ones too and colours as well. The visit is in Spanish but they have an English brochure and its prety self explanatory. we really enjoyed the visit.
Written August 10, 2014
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Watfordduck
Eastbourne, UK19 contributions
Family
Went here on a rainy day in August - highly recommend, but phone or visit to book ahead - it's very busy. Even the drive up is great, and we loved the cave.
Written August 22, 2017
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CarocheBabe
London, UK636 contributions
Family
We booked ahead and did the longer "Adventure" tour. It is worth it to see something the mass of visitors never see - is fun passing the tourists doing standard visit wearing all white outfits and lighted helmets, they stare wondering where we are off to.
The BIG shame is the tour is very much catered for Spanish and we struggled to understand with our limited Spanish. Recommendation: they should print English info sheet that can be read at the various stops when the guide is explaining lots of info in Spanish, which got boring for our kids.
But the "scramble" parts up and down tight tunnels (you need to be a bit fit) and the going into complete darkness at the deepest part is AMAZING. I have NEVER seen dark like that!
p.s. one of our BEST meals on 2 week vacation was lunch at the cafe here.
Written September 14, 2014
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manhattanmom
Fes, Morocco907 contributions
Couples
We visited the caves on September 4th with Spanish friends of ours who planned a 6 day visit of the Basque Country. We took the last tour out that day at 6:00 in the evening. To get to the caves, you drive on these lovely winding mountain roads that take you through some charming villages. The turn off for the caves takes you up through the mountain (about a 3 KM drive) to get to the cave's entrance. When you get to the visitor's center, there's a train (about a 3 minute train ride) that takes you into the depths of the caves. Then, there's about a 500 foot walk to the caves' entrance. Once you enter the caves, the sight is staggeringly beautiful -- stalagtites and stalagmites abound at every turn. You don't know where to look first. In one room, classical musical was playing as we gazed at the delicate shapes of these natural formations. My only regret is that you are absolutely forbidden to take photos. And, the only negative is that the tours are only in Spanish. While I speak some Spanish and was able to understand about 50% of what was said, my husband doesn't speak much at all and didn't understand anything. However, by asking our guide, we found out that she spoke perfect English given that her husband was from GB. So, after each talk/segment given in Spanish, we would walk with her while she repeated the highlights in English of what she explained to the group. While she didn't translate 100% of what she said in Spanish, we got most of it. So, if you go there and you don't speak English, ask the guide if he or she speaks English. Chances are, you'll be in luck.

By the way, I highly recommend that you spend the night in Ruente at the hotel del torre. It's a typical Spanish Cassona (inn) not too far from the caves . . . very charming. The village was only a 20 minute drive from the caves.
Written September 20, 2012
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MMMM
Dorking, UK394 contributions
As caves these are an experience not to be missed, what lets this attraction down are two things, there were no translations to English and there was a definate feeling of being hurried and herded, on two occasions we were called to hurry up when really there was little point in standing in a group and not understanding a word that was said. This is not a cheap experience 38 euro, 2 adults and 2 children for all of one hour. Perhaps some of the entrance fee could be spent on some audio guides in English. They are certainly no concessions for experiencing 50% of the experience.
Written July 15, 2011
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Elyna T
United Kingdom47 contributions
We went twice. First was spontaneous, arrived by 3 pm and tickets all sold out. Went home, booked tickets for the next day and went again, better prepared. The drive up there was beautiful and fresh to the eyes. Plenty of parking space. Gift shop sells interesting stuff. Adequate selection of hot and cold food at the cafeteria and the view whilst you sit and eat is just amazing. Train into the cave was broken so we were walked into the cave. Each group gets a guide who only speaks in Spanish. Inside is just so beautiful. We went earlier this week (summer) and brought a jumper each. A light jumper is sufficient. It's a little chilly up there and inside the cave. Go, because it'll give you totally different experience in your holiday. However, you'll only get to describe how it looks like to your family and friends because photos are not allowed. Not even without flash. Not sure why. It sucks coz what you'll see is amazing and naturally one will want to immortalise it in photos. If you really want to, be creative.
Written August 18, 2019
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bobby-kinsuk
Southampton, UK159 contributions
Couples
This place is absolutely amazing. You first enter the cave by an old mining train which only takes about 3 minutes. After that there is about 1 kilometre of pathways to follow all of which is either flat or gently sloping, there is one part that has about 18-20 steps but if you are in a wheel chair or would find it hard to climb them they have a lift for you to use. The brosure states that the guided tour is all in Spanish but when we went there was only about 20 people in the tour and the guide said to use as it was only a small party she would tell us about it in an abridged form at the end of each section which she did. To see the crystals when they turn the lights on is just truly amazing. This has to be the best cave system we have ever been in. NOT TO BE MISSED. Cave temp at a constant 12-12 degrees.
Written June 20, 2018
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AnaPrataDiasCosta
Lisbon, Portugal163 contributions
Friends
I had read about this cave for many years, so as soon as I got the chance to visit it, I did, and I was not disappointed. It is amazing! The cave is quite big (wide and high), there are several "rooms" and we can see examples of stalagmites, stalactites and of the renowned eccentric formations that make this cave so important. These formations exist in other caves in Cantabria and in other parts of the world but it is the whiteness, thus the pureness, and the amount of the eccentric formations that make it unique. There is an option of an adventure tour, a longer tour, which would take you through the "untouched" cave.
The cave was discovered in 1910 by lead miners, but remained a secret until the 70's. You enter the cave through the tunnel where the cave was discovered, boarding a little train.
Written June 14, 2011
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