Cuevas de Nerja y Balcón de Europa

On my second day in Spain, it was raining, the way that we’re all used to here in Scotland, but the way that shuts everything down in Spain. The rain in Spain wasn’t falling on the plain. We were on the beach. And we had to wait over an hour for the bus in the morning. It was totally fine.

Actually, my day involved no plan but to explore the beautiful Cuevas de Nerja, caves near the city of Nerja.

A little info:

  • The oldest cave paintings known to man are found in Cuevas de Nerja.
  • The caves have been inhabited for at least 25,000 years.
  • The cave was rediscovered on January 12, 1956 by five boys who fell through a sinkhole.
  • Inside the cave is the largest known cave column, 32m (~96ft) high.

Here are some pictures for you.

First room was the Bethlehem room because of this structure:

After the Bethlehem room, you descend into the waterfall room:

The cavern in this room is so big and with such good acoustics they have several concerts there over the decades.

Here is a poster of some shots of them:

The next room was the phantom chamber, named so from the shadows the formations cast on the wall as well as the fact the discoverers found the floor covered in human bones.

The next room was the cataclysm, where the massive column was:

In this room there was an earthquake several thousand years ago. You could see in the ceiling where massive chunks of formations fell off, and on the floor where they landed and new formations started cropping up upon them.

In this room was also “The Organ”, a formation that looks like organ pipes and has some remnants of cave painting on it. Each “pipe” had been colored differently at some point.

Of course, all the really good cave paintings have been sanctioned off and the public can’t access them, but I did find this one:

Some other formation I thought were cool are the castle:

And the curtains:

And here is the sinkhole the boys fell through to rediscover the cave:

So after visiting the actual cave, I went to the Museo de Nerja and learned more about the lives of the people that inhabited the cave. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the bones they found (and I obeyed the rules this time), but I did get some of some of the tools.

Harpoons:

And loom weights:

These suckers are thousands of years old! I am so fascinated by the relevance of these primitive tools!

Anyway, after that excursion, I wandered around Nerja for a few hours. Made it back to the beach,

And the “Balcony of Europe,” an outcrop in the Nerja coastline where used to lie a fortress built to protect the city from pirates, but is now…a balcony.

Got some pretty cool views from there.

So all in all, a lovely day in Spain.

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