Certificate number: BTS 001/2019 RTI
The Nerja Cave is located in the municipality of Nerja (Málaga), between the Natural Park of the Sierras Tejeda-Almijara-Alhama and the Natural Site of the cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo. It was discovered in 1959 by a group of five young people while hunting bats and a year later was open to the public. Located at 158 meters above sea level, it is, with 4,823 meters, one of the most topographically developed caves in Andalusia. The cavity has a practically horizontal development, with about 750 meters in length measured along its major axis and a vertical drop of about 68 meters, 37 meters above the reference level, located on the floor of the entrance, and 31 meters below it. Its rooms and galleries, of great dimensions, occupy a volume of about 300,000 m3 and an area of 35,000 m2, of which only a third correspond to the so-called Tourist Galleries.
One of the most striking features of this cave developed in dolomitic marble is undoubtedly the largest column in the world that, with a height of 32 meters and a base of 13 × 7 meters, is located in the Cataclysm Room.
The enormous wealth of the Nerja Cave, due to the presence of prehistoric rock paintings and other exceptional archaeological remains, motivated its declaration as a Historical and Artistic Monument of Cultural Interest with category of Archaeological Zone in the years 1961, 1985 and 2006, respectively.
La Cueva de Nerja opens its doors every day of the year except for January 1 and May 15. For your visit we recommend the advance purchase of tickets on the website cuevadenerja.es.