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“Need good foot wear”

Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta)
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White Villages: 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.
Andalucia
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Need good foot wear”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

This cave is still privately owned, and worth exploring. There are Palaeolithic drawings and paintings to discover; prehistoric art in charcoal, as well as red and yellow ochre. This is no theme park experience – it is practically untouched, so decent footwear is essential to negotiate the slippery cave floor as you walk through low narrow arches equipped with a vintage gas lamp provided by the owners.

Visited September 2012
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Chesham, United Kingdom
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“Great experience”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Family ( three generations) run cave with a licence being Granted by the Spanish government to the Family, NOT commercially exploited, 500m of cave with 4/5 chambers. Loads of intact cave features including cave paintings from three prehistoric periods. Its a shame the artifacts, skeletons etc found are in the British and Spanish museum. The experience is enhanced by everyone sharing lanterns (no electric) and the leader with powerful parafin light highlighting the features. Quite a climb up steps to the enterence and a climb up steps when in the cave but well worth it. They only take 25 people in at a time, based on the maximum some of the cambers can hold, hit it wrong and you could have a wait. 7 euros well spent

Visited October 2012
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Alhaurín el Grande, Andalucia, Spain
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42 reviews
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Climbed the mountain to the entrance but, due to the time, decided to visit on another occasion. There are. clearly, fascinating things to see e.g. cave paintings, stalactites and stalagmites so we are looking forward to an opportunity in the future.

Visited September 2012
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Milton Keynes, UK
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“Not just any old cave paintings”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This 1hour tour is a mesmerising look back to times gone by - 25 thousand years to be exact!
It's not just the cave paintings but also the sheer extent and mineral formations in the caves that will take your breath away.
The tour guides are very informative and really bring the history of the caves to life.

It's definitely not suited to those less able, as the cave walk is dark and slippery with uneven surfaces (of course) and requires a steep uphill walk (without any shade/shelter) to get to.

I recommend getting there early to avoid the masses as the tour only goes on the hour and is restricted to around 25 people each time.

Visited September 2012
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camarillo, ca
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“Fantastic, but steep climb and walk involved”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

This is very much a family run operation. Our tour was lead by the great-grandaughter of the man who discovered the cave. She lights her own lamp, and then lights lamps for everyone in the group before starting the cave tour. No photos allowed of the paintings. Because this is family owned, there's no perfectly graded walkways or safety handrails, it's very much rough and on your own. I loved it. The paintings are amazing, and the cave is also very beautiful in and of itself.

Also, check the website for opening times!! They close at 1 pm for mid day, then re open. I noticed that after the guide finished with our group, she took another tour in about 12:45.... and that was probably it until the evening. So, it's best not to arrive at 12:55 and wonder where everyone is.

If you are in the area, you can combine this visit with a river walk from Benoajan to the Cat Cave (Cueva del Gato).. about 2 kms long... if it's cool enough. If it's a hot day, then you can drive directly to the Cave for a great swimming hole experience. The water comes directly from an underground spring, so BRISK, but the air pouring out of the cave and over the water is deliciously cool. It makes for a great picnic spot.

Visited August 2012
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