Many of my guests enjoy a trip down to the seaside or are on a touring holiday so although Nerja is 150km (95 miles) away it is definitely worth a mention.
On January 12th 1959, five local lads from the village of Maro decided to go hunting for bats and headed for a pothole known locally as ‘La Mina’ where they spent the night watching a great number of these creatures exiting through the hole in the rocks.
The boys decided to return the next day, taking with them some tools to dislodge a couple of stalagtites in the entrance. Once inside, they found themselves able to descend to a huge cavern where they discovered a number of skeletons next to some ceramic pottery.
Excited by their find, they went back to tell their family, friends and teachers but it wasn’t until the cave was visited by a medical expert and a photographer that the true extent of their discovery became apparent.
The first photographs of the caves were published in the Málaga newspaper ‘Sur’ about 100 days after their discovery and after first being called ‘Cueva de las Maravillas’, they then became ‘Cueva de Nerja’.
The Nerja Caves were officially inaugurated on June 12th 1960 and opened to the public.
Amazing, isn’t it, to think it took so many years to discover this Andalucian gem. It remained a secret to all but the the local wildlife for so long! Who can blame them wanting to keep it to themselves.
During the period January to March 2014, visitors to the Nerja Caves can take advantage of a guided tour of the Caves at no extra cost. The tours, in Spanish, take place daily at 13:00. There is also the possibility of combining a visit to the caves with a lunch or dinner at the Nerja Caves Restaurant. These special guided visits can be booked online via the Nerja Caves website: www.cuevadenerja.es. Nerja town is also worth a visit. A sleepy seaside town with many bars, restaurants and shops to explore. Enjoy!