One of the Costa del Sol’s main tourist attractions are the Caves of Nerja – a series of caverns stretching for almost 5km under southern Andalucia – which are definitely worth a visit while on holiday at Club La Costa World.
The Caves of Nerja date back over 5 million years, are one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites in the western Mediterranean and are officially recognised as an historical and artistic monument. The caves were formed when fissures in the marble rock were dissolved due to water penetration forming huge subterranean caverns. Following seismic movements in the earth’s crust and landslides the water was forced to find new pathways through the cave system and began forming the stunning stalactites and stalagmites that can be seen in the caves today.
Following discoveries of skeletal remains and cave paintings, indications suggest that the caves were inhabited from around 25,000 BC up until the Bronze Age.
In 1959 a group of five friends rediscovered the cave system when they entered a narrow sink hole known as “La Mina” which forms one of the two natural entrances to the caverns.
In 1960 a third entrance that gave easy access to tourists was created and the Caves of Nerja quickly gained popularity as a major attraction.
Today the Caves of Nerja are breathtaking and have been split into two areas, one that is open to the public and one that is not. The public area includes the show galleries that have concreted pathways and easy flights of stairs for visitors to move around without difficulty.
The show galleries have a number of halls and areas that subdivide the main chambers and some artefacts discovered in the caves are now on display throughout the tour.
In the hall called Sala del Cataclismo (Cataclysm Hall) the grand central column soars to a height of 32 metres and measures 13 metres at the base.
Festival of music and dance
One of the main chambers also offers a natural amphitheatre where a number of concerts are held every year, the acoustics are recognised as being sublime.
Annually a festival of music and dance is held inside during the second week of July, which marks the anniversary of the caves rediscovery. Stars from the world of opera including Monserrat Caballé, Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras and Julio Bocca have all performed at the festival.
There is plenty of parking, a museum and restaurant as part of the facilities.
The Caves of Nerja are just over an hour away from Club La Costa World and are definitely worthy of a visit. The Caves of Nerja are open every day of the year except 1 January and 15 May.
Opening hours in winter are from 10:00am – 1:00pm and 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Opening hours in the summer (July & August) are from 10:00am – 7:30pm