The famous Nerja Caves are found in Maro, a district of Nerja (Málaga). They were discovered on the 12th of January 1959 by a group of young locals who were on a late-night walk searching for bats. The Nerja Caves are the perfect place to relive a bit of Nerja’s past. The caves in Nerja have been classed as a “Good of Cultural Interest”, a form of heritage register in Spain.
In the Nerja Caves, you and your family will enjoy a 45-minute excursion of one of the most important caves in the World. Here you will find the oldest work of art known to man and also some of the largest rock formations around.
In the Nerja Caves there exist 3 galleries, as far as we know. The public gallery, the high gallery, and the new gallery, though at this moment only the public gallery is open to tourists.
The Nerja Caves are open 363 days a year. They are closed on the 1st of January to celebrate the new year and also on the 15th of May to celebrate San Isidro, the patron of the laborers.
* You must know that due to the conservation of the caves, no tourist is allowed inside when the caves are closed.
How to get to the Nerja Caves?
The Nerja Caves are found in Maro, 4km from Nerja. To get here by car, you have two options: on the old national 340 road or the A7 motorway.
National 340 road
If you wish to go to the Nerja Caves via the old national 340 road then you will have to leave Nerja as if you were going to Almería. Shortly after you will arrive at the Maro roundabout and you will have to take the second exit. Now all you have to do is continue up the hill, past the hotel Al-Andalus, and park your car outside the caves. Worry not, it is all quite well signposted.
If you decide to go to the Nerja Caves via the A7 motorway you must drive towards Almería and take the Nerja-Maro exit (exit number 295). Now you have to head towards the sea and take the last roundabout, there take the second exit. You will now be arriving at the Maro roundabout, take the second exit and continue up the hill to arrive the caves.
Address of the Nerja Caves
Prices of the Nerja Caves
The regular excursion consists of an audiovisual projection that lasts and 10 minutes, and a 45-minute visit through all its rooms. This includes an audio guide.