Gruta de las Maravillas, Aracena

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Get adventurous at Gruta de las Maravillas, caves that extend for more than 0.8 km (0.5 mi) below Aracena Castle. The caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites, as well as pools of water. This site has been used as a location in films, such as “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” You need to be physically able if you plan on exploring underground here, because the ceilings get quite low in some spots and there are many stairs to climb. Hire a guide to accompany you and share interesting details about different areas of the cave. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gruta de las Maravillas by using our Aracena vacation route planner.
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  • Sometimes you can pay 8.50 and get 8.50's worth of nothing but this is a spectacle WORTH 8.50. From the modest exposition display above the ticket counter (with a breathtaking case of quartz and other...  more »
  • I've been several times and the truth every time I fall more than the work of art that nature has made under the Earth
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  • Second time I have visited it, and I'm still hallucinating, its rooms, its lakes, its formations,... leave you speechless, a ride of more than 1 km by a ring under a mountain, in my opinion, and without fear of being exaggerated, La Gruta de las Maravillas is one of the "wonders" of the planet.
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  • . If there were 6 stars, this would get them! A most amazing place to visit! Just WONDERFUL. This is the 2nd largest grotto in Spain, with at least 3 huge chambers, lakes, stalagmites and stalactites galore and masses of weird and wonderful sights. You have to reserve your place on a guided walk, your hotel will tell you the opening times. We arrived at the ticket office at 5.15 and got two places on the 6 o'clock walk. WARNING: this is a kilometre and a quarter of walking up and down, on slippery uneven floors, alongside sheer drops (with a guard rail) and with loads of steps. Not for those with walking difficulties or fear of heights. At one point you have to walk on an uneven path and bend down to avoid hitting your head - if you have poor balance it's a bit tricky. Having said that, it was a wonderful experience. Cool inside - averaging 17 degrees Centigrade all round, it was delightful after the fierce Andalusian sun outside. The walk takes about 45 minutes, depending on how often the guide has to stop to tell people not to touch and make sure that they didn't get left behind. The grotto is 50 metres high at one point, and you are only 100 metres under the castle and church on top of the hill. Which means that when you walk up to the castle, the ground underneath is hollow. Scary thought . . . There is no English spoken nor any guide in English. But it's basically just what they told you in school. You know: Mites go up, Tights come down. :-) One thing he told us was that the best time to visit is in the day or two after heavy rainfall, because then there are spectacular waterfalls in the main caverns. But even without that, this was a real highlight of our week in the Sierra de Aracena. They take photos of you in family groups inside the grotto and sell you the prints - go on, buy them, these poor people are trying to make a living! And do give the guide 2 or 3 Euros - it's not a prosperous place. .
  • The caves were very beautiful but the beauty was overshadowed by the grumpy tour guide who spoke in a monotone voice and looked like the caves were the last place he would ever want to be. We ran into him at a restaurant near the caves and he insulted us to all the patrons and to our faces. Even though we are English speakers, we understood everything. We do not recommend this tour unless they change the tour guide. There are plenty caves elsewhere.
  • Worth the visit of you are in the region. 45 minute tour for 8eur. Impressive.
  • Amazing
  • beautiful place. Visit is a must.