Five Fascinating Facts about Nerja

Fact 1 - Stalactite city

 © Michelle Chaplow Stalactite city.
Stalactite city.

Stalactite City - Prehistoric caves, with the tallest natural pillar in the world

The Cuevas de Nerja were formed five million years ago. This 4km-long cave system was once inhabited - skeletons, pottery, ornaments and implements of stone, flint, copper and bronze dating from Neolithic times were found when the caves were discovered in 1959, as well as animal paintings (not viewable, unfortunately).

Now you can take a guided tour and gawp at the amazing limestone formations, with stalactite and stalagmites galore; the central column of its Cataclysm Hall (main chamber) is the tallest in the world, at 32m. The main chamber offers a natural cathedral space, with wonderful acoustics, ideal for concerts. If you're here in July/August, the annual Festival Cueva de Nerja showcases international music and dance stars (see Fact 5).

  • Fact 1 - Prehistoric caves, with the tallest natural pillar in the world
  • Fact 2 - Head just inland from Nerja to the prettiest village in Andalucia
  • Fact 3 - Nerja has beaches galore - in town, and more isolated
  • Fact 4 - Wash your sins away at the Noche de San Juan beach party
  • Fact 5 - See top international singers and dancers at the Festival Cueva de Nerja


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