There is no doubt that in Malaga there are a large number of places to discover and enjoy. Among them are the caves, which also provide us with the perfect opportunity to discover such exciting things as local cave paintings, stalactites and galleries as we explore them.

The truth is that it is not because of alternatives. Among the most outstanding are some as complete as the Malaga treasure caves or those of Nerja.

To show you some of the best options, we have selected several of them and we will also tell you about some of their best features.

The best caves in Malaga

Treasure caves

The Malaga treasure caves, located in the Cantal area and already inhabited by prehistoric man, are one of the most visited and recognised caves in the area. Some of the best known rooms that you can find inside are the Virgin, the Notiluca, Marco Craso and the volcano. This is the only marine cavity in Europe. Human and animal remains were found there, as well as pottery from the period known as the “Neolithic of the caves”.

Caves of Nerja

The caves of Nerja Malaga, discovered by chance by a group of young people at the end of the 1950s, are the most visited caves in the whole of Andalusia. Situated 158 metres above sea level and more than 4800 kilometres long, they have impressive geological formations of stalactites and stalagmites. They are also of enormous importance in terms of knowledge of prehistoric times thanks to the organic remains associated with paintings more than 42,000 years old that have been found inside them.

Caves of Ardales

One of the most curious facts about the caves of Ardáles Málaga is the fact that it is the only archaeological site in this part of the country to be included in the European Cultural Itinerary called “Caminos del arte rupestre” (Cave Art Routes).

And the truth is that it has more than enough merits to make it onto this list. Some of the most remarkable are the signs made with fingers and hands painted by airbrushing that only a few sites in the world have.

Caves of La pileta

The caves of Pileta Malaga are perfect for lovers of cave paintings, as there you can see paintings of this kind dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic period.

Among these paintings, the most outstanding are those of animals (generally represented one on top of the other). They were discovered in 1905 by a farmer in the municipality of Benaojan in the province of Malaga.

Caves of the Spider

The spider caves in Malaga are a spectacular visual wonder. It is a natural cave discovered in Malaga which, as its name suggests, is located in the district of La Araña.

The area in which these caves are located in Malaga always enjoys a privileged climate, even in the seasons when it is usually colder. They are also very rich in marine and terrestrial resources, as well as in caves and shelters in which to take refuge.

We hope we have helped you discover one of the many wonders to be found in Malaga. If you are going to spend a few days there, we recommend you to rent a car in Malaga to move around freely and at your own pace.

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