July-August: Every day from 10.00h to 14.00h, and from 16.00h to 20.00h.
September-June: Every day from 10.00h to 14.00h, and from 16.00h to 18.30h.
Situated 3 kilometres from Nerja town centre and well signposted.
These are breathtaking beautiful caves, some of the best in Europe, that should not be missed if the opportunity arises. Each July a festival of flamenco music and dance is held inside the caves. Please note that the main public display of objects found during archaeological digs at the caves of Nerja is not at the caves. The objects are found in Nerja Museum which is several miles away in the center of Nerja. To read more about visiting the caves please refer to our dedicated page on Nerja Museum.
Undergound caverns with stalagmites, stalactites & columns
The world’s widest column
Grand centre column in the Sala del Cataclismo (Cataclysm Hall) reaches a height of 32 metres
Karstic cavities formed by erosion of marble by water
Palaeolithic wall paintings
Officially recognised as a historical and artistic monument, Nerja Caves are one of the most important Prehistoric archaeological sites on the western Mediterranean. Dating back some five million years, they are notable for the large chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and the immense length, over 4,000 metres.
It is possible to explore some of the chambers and caverns not yet open to the public by joining a speleological group, consisting of a maximum 10 people over the age of 14. No special physical skills are necessary. For enquiries, the number to ring is the same as below.
Scientists investigating cave fauna have recently discovered species that were thought to be extinct in the caves. Amongst these, in areas not open to the public, are scarab beetles and blind scorpions. Alberto Atinavt, department head at the University of Granada, is carrying out studies on the interior and exterior micro fauna of the cave.