Cueva de la Pileta, Benaojan

#5 of 29 in Nature in Province of Malaga
Must see · Cave · Nature / Park
In 1905, José Bullón was looking for bat guano to fertilize his fields when he stumbled across the entrance to Cueva de la Pileta, a cave filled with over 100 prehistoric paintings dating back to the Neolithic era. For the past century, his children and grandchildren have worked with researchers to preserve the cave and make its art accessible to people from around the world. Today, a tour led by one of Bullón's descendants guides you through the cave, explaining the history of the red, yellow, and black charcoal paintings. Investigate cavernous chambers filled with prehistoric art as well as the stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations worn into the karstic limestone by the flow of water over millenia. Make sure you wear shoes with a good grip, because the cave floor can be slippery. If you aren't using a car, you'll need to make a 3.35 km (2.1 mi) hike from the bus or train station at Benaoján up to the cave--check out the cave's official website for the route. Plan your Cueva de la Pileta visit and explore what else you can see and do in Benaojan using our Benaojan online trip itinerary maker.
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  • 11. 9. 2019 We visited on the way from Seville to Malaga. We were lucky that we managed the tour at the set time and that there were tickets left for us. a breathtaking walk through the labyrinth of.....  more »
  • READ THIS FIRST Great cave and poor tour. MUST SEE. We have been to maybe 15 caves around the world and this is the best, with the best art. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with the tour...  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in cave paintings and geology!! Incredibly well preserved for the age of the oldest paintings! Only €10 per person, you are given a very informative guided tour of the caves in Spanish and English and it lasts about 1.5 hours. Make sure you call to book a place in advance as they run 4 trips a day and places are limited. Make sure you wear decent shoes as parts of the caves are slippery and I don't recommend going if you have problems with mobility as there are a fair few steps in the dark.
  • Only accessible with tour. We arrived without prior reservation and were able to participate. Tour takes approximately one and a half hours. Language was Spanish and English. Good shoes recommended as cave is a bit slippery inside. The large number of cave paintings makes this definitely worth a visit.
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