Harmonies and history below the surfaceMaro, Spain
All year round the Cuevas de Nerja are a popular Málagan tourist attraction. Remains found in them suggest they’ve been inhabited since about 25,000BC and have, in the years since, been used for everything from farming to pottery production. But once a year they take on a much grander role, hosting the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada.
The festival is held in June and July each year, and 2017 will be its fifty-eighth iteration. Internationally renowned performers including Yehudi Menuhin, José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa have all filled the caves with their soulful songs, while dancers from the Ballet Nacional de España and La Lupi Flamenco have soared across the stage.
- Learning about the fascinating history behind the centuries-old caves
- Admiring the jaw-dropping rock formations
- Experiencing the full acoustic potential within while witness performers belt out their tunes
- Being so far underground can have a way of making you feel a little claustrophobic
Take a more direct route and hop on a three-hour train ride from Madrid to Málaga. Cuevas de Nerja is located about 50 kilometres from Málaga City. By car, you’ll cruise along the Autovía del Mediterráneo A-7 (Mediterranean Highway) towards Almería, then take Exit 295 signed Cueva de Nerja. If you’d rather leave the driving to someone else, buses run regularly from Málaga to the caves. A return ticket with Alsa costs about US$9.50.
An hour-long tour with audio guide costs about US$10.