Tourist Sights of Nerja – The Nerja Caves
The Nerja Caves are just one of the great places you can visit on your Costa del Sol holiday. However; they will leave a lasting impression on you, their sheer size of the caves alone is breathtaking. Massive stalagmites and stalactites greet you at every turn.
Be sure to take your camera, there are some amazing features of these massive caverns. Some parts of it look more like they have been made from fibreglass but they really are authentic.
Staying at the Nerja Beach Holidays villas you are a pleasant walk away from the Nerja Caves, although the taxi fares are cheap enough if you are in any hurry.
For those who don’t know the difference between ‘stalagmite’ and ‘stalactite’;
When discussing mineral formations in caves, we often talk about stalactites and stalagmites. A stalactite is an icicle-shaped formation that hangs from the ceiling of a cave, and is produced by precipitation of minerals from water dripping through the cave ceiling. Most stalactites have pointed tips.
The Caves of Nerja (Spanish: Cuevas de Nerja) are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja in the Province of Málaga, Spain. Stretching for almost 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers, which forms a natural amphitheatre.
The caves were rediscovered in modern times on 12 January 1959 by five friends, who entered through a narrow sinkhole known as “La Mina”.
This forms one of the two natural entrances to the cave system. A third entrance was created in 1960 to allow easy access for tourists.
The cave is divided into two main parts known as Nerja I and Nerja II. Nerja I includes the Show Galleries which are open to the public, with relatively easy access via a flight of stairs and concreted pathways to allow tourists to move about in the cavern without difficulty.
Nerja II, which is not open to the public, comprises the Upper Gallery discovered in 1960 and the New Gallery discovered in 1969.
The Nerja Caves are very interesting from many points of view and, if you would like to read more on the caves, you can get all the information from this link.