The Area

The Nerja CavesCuevas de Nerja – are on the outskirts of the village of Maro and on the edge of the Sierra Almijara, Tejeda and Alhama natural park.

It is an area rich in flora and fauna with wild orchids, numerous birds of prey, deer and wild boar being just some of the things you are quite likely to see.

Arriving at the entrance to the caves complex, there is a bar/restaurant on the right and on the left, a great entry point to the natural park with clearly marked hiking trails. There are trails to El Cielo as well as to the picnic/barbecue area El Pinarillo and other points of interest.

Caves entrance, Nerja

bar,Caves, Nerja

The extensive grounds of the Nerja Caves are the site of the annual Romeria de San Isidro, which takes place on May 15th. There is plenty of parking both inside the caves complex and just outside.

Caves car park, Nerja

Within the complex is a small museum and tourist office, a souvenir shop, a photo shop and a very good restaurant with excellent views to the sea.

Nerja Caves Souvenir Shop

The area in front of the entrance to the caves themselves contains a sculpture in honour of local Nerja resident Antonio Padial, the first man to photograph the caves in April 1959.

Nerja Caves Padial Sculpture

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the discovery of the caves, the square was designated Plaza de los Descubridores and a sculpture was commissioned to honour the five local lads who first found the caves in 1959.

Nerja Caves, Plaza

Nerja Caves Sculpture

There are extensive Arabic gardens where you can enjoy a wander to the Ermita de San Isidro and for young kids there is quite a large play area.

Nerja Caves Play Area

Nerja Caves Gardens