Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta), Benaojan
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In 1905, José Bullón was looking for bat guano to fertilize his fields when he stumbled across the entrance to Pileta Caves (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. Use our Benaojan vacation trip planner to add Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta) and other attractions to your Benaojan vacation plans.
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  • The Pileta cave is a little bit out of the way but worthy of a visit. Both for the paintings / drawings and the marvelous geological concretions. The guided tour is very instructive (and occasionally ...  more »
  • A sight to behold, the echo go with lantern and completely silently makes the visit experience. It is advisable to reverse previously since the visit is guided and reduced. To highlight the famous painting of the fish and the winged "sorcerer", as well as paintings by every corner which is discovering.
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  • Don't miss the opportunity to see these fascinating original cave paintings. The tours are led by excellent and informative guides in multiple languages. Groups are small and lighting is by hand lante...  more »
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  • Amazing pre-historic cave art. The real deal. Quite a climb to reach the entrance, but well worth it. Could be quite slippy underfoot in places. Good view of the bats and the cave art. Well impressed with 30,000 year old painting of a horse. I couldn't do it as well.
  • A real highlight of a wonderful holiday. Cueva La Pilata combines pretty much everything I could hope for in a cave: great stalagmite and stalactite formations, lakes, paleolithic, neolithic and bronze age paintings, bats!, an amateur navigable path, and accessibility to the public. Cora led the tour I was on, offering cultural, geological, historical, and biological insights in both clear Spanish and English. The tour is conducted with hand held lanterns, rather than pre-installed lighting, enhancing the intimacy of the experience. I was tempted to return the following day to take the same tour again. Super.
  • Very interesting visit. For us, walking in the big cave system itself was the most interesting part, although the paintings are nice as well. Guide spoke both spanish and english on the tour. €8 entrance fee for adults. Seems like the tours go every hour. Be precise, if not you need to wait until next full hour/tour.
  • You need to be reasonably fit to access this place. People began to leave marks on the walls of the cave 34,000 years ago. Wonderful drawings of animals, soot blackened walls, signs of 30,000 years of habitation. It is very moving and leaves a sense of wonderment. Fortunately, the guide concentrated on the art rather than the usual guff about odd shaped stalagmites etc.
  • Fascinating cave art.