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“Cave Art”

Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta)
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White Villages: Private Guided Day Trip from Seville
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Benaojan
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Owner description: A cave containing 25,000-year-old etched symbols.
Reviewed June 7, 2012

The caves are fascinating. I would urge any potential visitors to first read all the information on the cave's website. (cuevadelapileta.org) Our Spanish is poor and there was very little English spoken on the tour. When speaking English, the guide's accent was so heavy that I had trouble understanding her. If we had read the history and general information on the website first we would have enjoyed our visit more. The going is a bit tough. This is not a tour for young children. Beware that there is a steep 10 minute climb on irregular rock "stairs" from the parking lot to the cave entrance. Wear waterproof shoes with good tread as the cave floor is irregular and wet. It was not cold in the caves - I wore a light sweatshirt over a tee and was comfortable. All that being said, it was a very worthwhile experience.

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Reviewed May 14, 2012

first 'big' cave experience - loved the small group size of 12, hand held lanterns, guide gave explanations in English & Spanish...no photos allowed, but postcards and other material available to purchase. Some steep slippery sections, no recommended for those with walkers,canes or anyone afraid of the dark. This is a natural cave without illumination or music.

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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Closest you'll ever get to prehistoric paintings. It's way out in the gorgeous Ronda countryside. The grandson of the man who discovered the paintings is still giving the tours. He's obviously well-versed in prehistory and does an excellent job with the tour. Groups are kept small. One interesting thing is that the tour is only lighted with kerosene lamps!

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Reviewed April 19, 2012

For reasons of conservation, there are no longer many places in the world where you can simply show up and see ancient cave paintings (20,000 BC and earlier!) like this. But you can do so at Cueva de la Pileta, not far from Ronda on the way to Sevilla. It is absolutely worth a detour if you have a car.

This is a very rough-and-ready attraction. There's a steep walk from the small parking area up to the wooden hut at the cave entrance. Tours go every hour or so; the times are published online. Only 25 people per tour -- first come, first served.. About 23 showed up for our tour. The guide, a young lady, spoke in both Spanish and English. Her English wasn't bad, although much of her commentary seemed to be memorized, and actually it wasn't that hard to understand the Spanish version anyway. Lanterns are handed out at the beginning of the tour -- one for every five people. So if you don't get a lantern, try to stick behind or in front of someone who does. The cave floor is uneven and slippery, so wear appropriate footwear with good tread. The route passes through some narrow spaces -- not for the claustrophobic. The whole thing is a bit of an adventure.

It cost only seven euros per person. The Rick Steves guidebook warns that car thefts sometimes occur at the parking area, and I note that one reviewer below was victimized. No one on our tour had such a problem, but be careful.

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Reviewed March 31, 2012

These caves owned by the same family for generations are not your typical tourist trap; no celebrity concerts held here. Limited daily trips to see untouched interior. No photographs allowed, navigation tricky, but purity is worth it. Not easily accessible. Must be up to walking, hiking, slippery stone stairs.

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