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Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta), Benaojan
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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Maravillosa visita a la prehistoria de andalucia y la serranía de Ronda Malaga , el guía es un gran entendido del tema y 4 generación del descubridorWonderful visit to the prehistory of Andalusia and the serrania de Ronda Malaga, the guide is a great understanding of the theme and the discoverer 4 Genshow original
Aunque solo esta abierta unos 500 metros merece la pena visitarla. Impresiona la oscuridad ya que no está alumbrada, te dan unas lámparas para ver y el guía alumbra los techos, las estalactitas y esta... read more »Although this only open 500 meters worth visiting it. It impresses the darkness since it is not lit, they give you some lamps to see and guide illuminates ceilings, stalactites and stalagmites, and cave paintings. You should go with comfortable shoes and care as you slide enough.show original
El sendero desde la estación de Benaoján hasta la Cueva es precioso e ideal para hacer con niños. La Cueva es maravillosaThe path from Benaoján to cave station is beautiful and ideal for use with children. The cave is wonderfulshow original
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.
Danny van der Rijn
Well worth the 2.5 hour each way detour we took. My son had been here and wanted us to come. Lots of 20-30,000 year old cave paintings, a neato cave, decent tour guide (our tour was in both Spanish and English). We showed up at noon and just missed a tour, so had to wait until 1, but we were prepared for the possibility and sat under the shaded awning and played cards for an hour. Pretty easy to find from Google Maps and signage. Some small narrower roads, but nothing too wild.
Well worth the side trip if you are in Ronda. A serious cave tour with lamps and an educated tour guide. No cheezy music or disco lighting. Just flashlights, 30000 year old paintings, and the odd bat. The kids loved this trip. We did not make a reservation but just showed up on the hour when the tour was suppose to start. It seemed the tour guide sorta waits until there are enough people.
This is the real thing. You can see 30,000 to 40,000 year old drawings on the walls. Profoundly satisfied my anthropological curiosity.
Arzur RdzBeautiful cave. Incredible structures created over the years. Incredible that still preserve vestiges of our before last with 20mil years BC dating 100% recommended. Q I think Alberto was our guide... a professional. Information and how to tell us the story referred to the cave... left us speechless.show original
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