On holiday in Malaga: Nerja Caves
The Caves of Nerja
In this article we will introduce you to one of the most hypnotic places in Nerja in Malaga; a protected and world-renowned area.
Five young people from Maro’s village were spending the night watching bats. They realized that they were going in and out of a cave known as “The Mine”.
They made the decision to explore further; they removed some of the rocks blocking the entrance. That night it all started.
Everything they began to discover was spectacular.
The geological discoveries they made are what have allowed Las Cuevas de Nerja to be declared a Spanish Historical Heritage Site and an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1985.
Art and Cave Paintings
The cave paintings found in Las Cuevas de Nerja are between 42,300 and 43,500 years old, making them the oldest work of art in the world by far
Inside the cave, remains of ceramics, prehistoric tools, pottery, human remains and cave paintings have been found on the walls.
More than a million pieces have been catalogued to date.
The human remains and paintings show that the caves were inhabited by groups of humans on a seasonal basis.
They contain the longest column in the world, 32 meters high, and this has been reflected in the Guinness Book of World Records since 1989.
The Caves of Nerja are divided into three main areas; the tourist or low galleries, the high galleries and the newer galleries, which have been recently discovered.
Only the tourist gallery or Nerja 1 is accessible to the public.
Logically only one third of the cave, the one belonging to the first group of galleries, can be visited without restriction. Furthermore, in this area access is easy due to the spaciousness of its rooms and its great height.
The cave has two entrances: two natural ones and one artificially habilitated in 1960. The High and New Galleries are accessed through a narrow overpass located in the Cataclysm Hall but are not open to visitors.