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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  • Situated in the pretty town of Aracena, worth a visit itself, parking is available close by. You access the caves by a short walk. booking office opened at 10:30 and we were booked on the first tour. ...  more »
  • I have visited several similar caves but I found these to be superb and worth visiting. Tour is 45 minutes you can get audio assistance and earplugs to hire for €1.50 per person. You have to have a pa...  more »
  • The ticket office is open at 10 00 but you have to wait until at least 25 people arrive. We arrived at 10 but had to wait until 11 am  more »
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  • Just a head's up: No photos or video allowed in the cave. They take your picture 5 minutes into the tour. When you come out, the picture is already printed and they offer to sell it to you for €8. You cannot take your own pictures.
  • Pretty extraordinary. Well worth the cost even if you don't understand most of the tour. Young kids may find it a little long but it's worth putting up with the grumbling for the last 10 minutes.
  • One of the best caves i saw in my life. Worth every coin i spent
  • I am not really one for commercial cave experiences, but, the national features of this cave are absolutely stunning!
  • . 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. .