The Nerja Caves are located in the province of Malaga called Nerja. The distance from Malaga to Nerja is about 40 miles East of Malaga City where we live. It sits up high above the town of Nerja, one of those idyllic beach towns with white houses clustered together and narrow streets that constantly reminds you of Greece. During the winter, it is mostly full of retired folks who enjoy the warmer climate. In the summer, it is host to millions of tourists, most of whom are seeking sunshine, beaches and tapas under the Spanish sky. Visiting the Nerja Caves is one of the top things to do in Malaga.
How to get to Nerja from Malaga:
Since a visit to the Nerja Cave is a must from Malaga, we decided to do just that. Normally, one would take an Alsa bus from the city, but we gave the ride sharing app, Blablacar a try. We had been seeing the commercials on television. Think of blablacar as paid hitchhiking. A car owner offers up space in his/her car to strangers for a fee. I was further convinced to try it after reading very positive reviews. It was quite painless, and popular. I went online and searched for someone going to Nerja. We ended up getting a ride from a lovely lady from Holland who had the sweetest little dog. We were joined by a 4th person, a girl from Chile. The ride was about 40 minutes. It gave me a chance to practice some Spanish. The ride was enjoyable, and we definitely plan on using blablacar again. It cost €3 each as opposed to the bus cost of €4.50. The best part was that it was direct. We took the bus back, and the journey time was double because the bus had so many stops. A big thumbs up for Blablacar .
Inside the Nerja Caves:
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History of Nerja Caves:
The Nerja Caves were rediscovered by five friends in 1959 who had entered through a sinkhole called La Mina. There are actually 3 caves, but only one is open to the public. The other 2 were discovered in 1960 and 1969. Supposedly, they have discovered Neanderthal cave paintings in them, and there are ongoing studies. It would be neat if they were to open those up eventually too.
How old are the Nerja Caves? The Nerja Caves have been there for about 5 million years!!! At various times, they were inhabited either by people, or by cave hyenas. It is about 3 miles long in total. The cave open to the public is divided into like 10 rooms, with names like Bethlehem, Waterfall, Ghosts and Waterfall. You are allowed to take pictures, but can not use any flash, so you can just imagine how insanely difficult it was trying to take good photos. Hopefully, you are able to get an idea of how immense and truly magnificent this place is.
The Stalactite (the ones hanging from the ceiling) and the Stalagmites (the ones rising from the floor) are made from water getting into the fissures of rock and then over the years, with help from landslides etc. forming these incredibly awe inspiring, humongous things. It is easy to see where Gaudi got his inspiration for the Sagrada Familia Church (I’m sure he must have been influenced by nature like this and other caves :-) ). It certainly doesn’t get more inspiring than this!
A visit to the Nerja Caves is absolutely recommended by yours truly if you find yourself in Malaga. How much does it cost to see the Nerja Caves? The entry fee to Nerja Caves is €9, and it takes about an hour if you go straight through, without the crowds of course. Another cool thing about the Nerja Caves is the Amphitheater right in there, with free concerts held at various times yearly. Apparently, the acoustics are great. I agree with that. We were alone on the stage, and l sang “Ave Maria” at the top of my lungs thinking we were alone, until we walked past it, and the guard said “Ola” while laughing!!! :-) . That’s how dark it was!!!
The other famous landmark close to the Nerja Caves is the Eagle Aqueduct in Maro, which is about 2 minutes from there. It was built in the 19th century and was used to transport water from a spring in Maro to an old abandoned ruin of a sugar factory, which we saw from the top, but didn’t get close to.
Does the Nerja Caves of Malaga sound interesting to you? Is it someplace you would like to see? Does it make you want to visit Malaga?