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The Nerja caves

The Nerja caves, ' Las Cuevas de Nerja ', are just a few kilometres away from the centre of Nerja, in the village of Maro. The beautiful cave with its strange shaped stalagmites and stalactites is also called "the Cathedral of the Palaeolithic". Because of the beautiful acoustics a large dance and music festival is being held here annually in July. 

Accidental discovery

In 1959 five local boys from the village of Maro discovered by chance the cave when they were hunting for bats at a mine shaft. Studies by archaeologists and geologists show that the cave was used for habitation, as a shelter and cemetery from prehistoric times, about 30,000 years ago in the Paleolithic period. E.g. rock paintings of fish and horses as well as tools and skeletons have been found.

Important point of interest

A year after discovery the caves were open to the public and they are in the top-5 of the major attractions in Spain. In one of the caves one can find a stalactite of no less than 32 meters high, one of the largest in Europe. The caves are so large that to this day one knows only 15%. The corridors have a length of no less than 5 km.

For more information please visit the website of the Cueva de Nerja.

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