The Nerja Caves are holding their thirteenth Science Week, as part of the national event which aims to popularise science and knowledge and is, according to the Caves director Angel Ruiz “the biggest media event of science and technology to be held in Spain”.

On Tuesday November the 12th visitors can take part in the “Stalactites, Stalagmites and other Speleothems in the Cave of Nerja” tour to discover the many and varied geological formations which the caves houses, including the well known stalactites and stalagmites, like macaroni and cave pearls.

“Meet the underworld: the Nerja Caves” will be held on Thursday November 14, which, according to Angel Ruiz will “reveal the least known parts of the caves and its scientific facilities”. This open doors event will put on show aspects of the caves that are normally unseen by visitors, with information about the many varied formations in the caves, the animal species that live there and the cave paintings.

The tours will be in Spanish and be around three hours long, between 10am and 1pm and are free. To reserve email or

The Nerja Caves (Las Cuevas de Nerja in Spanish), are Nerja’s most famous tourist attraction, competing with the Balcon de Europa and Burriana beach for the attention of the visitors. The caves themselves are more than five million years old and were home to early mankind more than 40,000 years ago. The caves were discovered in modern times by five young men out exploring in the countryside near to Maro in 1959, when they found the first entrance to the caves. Since then the caves have grown to be the biggest tourist attraction in this part of Spain, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

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