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You should carve out a couple of hours to visit Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja Caves) as well as the exterior grounds/park. Just on the Eastern edge of Costa del Sol, bordering Costa Tropical, you will find the town of Nerja, Spain. If you need a break from the sun, why not bond with mother nature underground style.
This is the perfect day trip from any location on Costa del Sol or just a 15 minute drive west, from our town of Almuñécar. As you enter the caves you are in a small chamber area full of Stalagmites rising up from the ground and Stalactites, tapering accordion like structures, hanging like icicles from the roof of a cave.
Side Note: While in the cave, we couldn’t remember if Stalagmites were up or down. So here is the trick we used to remember moving forward, because as you know this is life saving information you should always remember. 🙂 Stalactites – this has a “T” in the name and “T” stands for Top! These come down from the Top. Stalagmites have an “M” in the name and “M” stands for Mound. Mounds are found on the ground going up. Phew, aren’t you glad we told you this trick?
Now that we have all of that cleared up, how about some tips and then some cool photos? It is very difficult to capture the full experience into words. Without a doubt photos help, but there is nothing like being there to trigger all of your senses and to get your mind thinking. The cave was very spacious and you can’t help but wonder what lives/lived in this place. How long has it been here? Isn’t nature the coolest thing ever?!
We really enjoyed our time in the caves. It was a perfect afternoon activity for the kids and they are now becoming cave experts. In 2011 we toured the Rio Camuy Caves Park, in Puerto Rico and recently enjoyed all of the caves and tunnels in Gibraltar. They do hold concerts in the Nerja caves during the summer months, so we want to be sure to return and enjoy that experience as well.
6 Wise Tips for Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja Caves)
- Wear good soled shoes! (no flip flops)
The interior of the cave can be slightly wet in areas, so it is wise to have no slip shoes. The path you follow through the cave has lighting, but it can be dark in some areas. If you are wearing the proper shoes, you should be less likely to trip. Remember it is a cave, so don’t expect daylight.
- Don’t arrive at opening time!
Perhaps it is best to arrive 30 min after opening or 90 min before closing. We arrived right at 4 pm and there was quite the line (queue) to purchase the entry tickets. There was just one person manning the ticket window, so this did take a bit of time. When we exited the cave, about 5:30 pm, there was no one waiting to purchase tickets at all. Not only does this save you time in the line, but it should be less crowded inside. Just think all of those people in line with you, also enter and follow the same path as you. Take it Spanish style and don’t be so prompt. I think you will enjoy the caves that way.
- Layer your clothing!
Did I mention this was a cave? As you first enter it can be a bit on the chilly and damp side, depending on the weather outside. As you descend further into the cave, you will find that there are pockets of warmth and humidity. Not to mention you have been walking up/down stairs and effectively small hills. This can get your blood circulating and make you a bit warm. Just layer yourself so you can have that light jacket or sweater to put on and take off as needed.
- Turn off your flash!
No flash photography inside the cave. We all want pictures to capture our experiences. In a cave you are tempted to put on that flash, but as you can imagine that would really mess with the eyes. You can take some great photos with no flash, just follow the rules and you will have happy fellow travelers. Not to mention, you will avoid a scolding from security. (Just a wild hunch)
- Take your time!
We have been asked by others how much time to allow for the caves. That is a difficult question to answer, because it is a self guided walk through the caves. You can probably walk through the entire thing in 20 minutes, if you were on a mission. If you do that, why bother going? I mean really, this is a sight to see and you should take it slow. Take your time and really soak it all in. Marvel at mother nature and the vastness of the cave. The shapes, sounds, smells and textures are incredible and you should really experience all that you can. Don’t let it be just a checked activity on your list of things to do.
- Visit on a Sunday
This isn’t a must, but visiting the Nerja Caves is perfect for a Sunday activity. There aren’t many things open on a Sunday in Spain, so why not take the family to the Cuevas de Nerja! The Cueva de Nerja is open every day of the year except January 1 and May 15. The hours vary for winter/summer.
Winter 10:00 to 14:00 16:00 to 18:30 Summer 10:00 to 19:30
The caves are located across the N340 from the sea. It is about 20 minutes west of Almuñécar and 30 minutes east of Malaga. There is parking onsite for about € 1-2.
Cuevas de Nerja (The Nerja Caves)
Ctra de Maro
Tel: 95 252 95 20
Standard ages 12 & up € 9.00
Children ages 6-12 € 5.00
Children Under 6 Free
Combined adult ticket + Museum Nerja Cave € 11.00
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