The Caves of Nerja were undiscovered until in 1959 when a group of local boys came across the narrow entrance into the limestone caverns while chasing bats. Once rediscovered the Caves soon became one of Spain’s important and popular treasures.
The town of Nerja lies approximately 30 miles from Malaga and the Caves of Nerja are located just two miles from the town itself. The caverns contain numerous archaeological treasures such as spectacular wall paintings from the Palaeolithic and post-Palaeolithic periods. Skeletal remains and artefacts found suggest the caverns were inhabited from approximately 25,000 B.C. until the Bronze Age. The rocky formation of crystalline dolomites date back over 250,000 years, and are thought to be some of the oldest deposits of the culture in Southern Spain.
Although some sections of the cave complex are closed to public viewing due to safety concerns and for preservation, you can walk through the smooth, polished steps and paths deep into the darkness of the caverns and witness the stunningly beautiful back-lit rock formations. With atmosphere music playing in the background and the high ceilings almost gives the sensation of being in an underground cathedral.
The cavern houses eight rooms including the Hall of the Cataclysm, which the Guinness World Book of Records claims is the worlds’ largest stalactite column measuring 49 metres high and 18 metres in diameter. This has been formed by an estimated 1,000 billion drops of water.