Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta), Benaojan

4.6
#6 of 16 in Nature in Province of Malaga
Cave Nature / Park
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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  • This place is wonderful. The phone number is incorrect on their website and trip advisor. The correct number is 687133338. Our tour was run by a young woman who said she is great grand daughter of dis...  more »
  • Great to see, but make sure you have had a Pee before you arrive as no facilities on arrival. You have to book a time, don't just arrive!  more »
  • Easy to get to by car, or a stiff walk uphill from Benojuan station. Bat-lovers will enjoy the cave!  more »
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  • Visiting the cave involves walking through a sequence of enormous caves and narrow passages, holding a lamp to light your way. The guide is informative and entertaining. There's some beautiful cave formations, wondrous primitive art, and apparently about 18000 bats (we saw a few hundred). Lots of steps. It's essential to reserve ahead by phone. Highly recommended.
  • The caves are a short walk from the parking lot. Loved the cave and the cave art. The tour is round 1 hour and requres waking in steps and narrow spaces. You have to prebook and check guiding times carefully. The tours are alternating in Spanish and english. Only downside was no photos were allowed.
  • 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.
  • The cave was amazing. Definitely recommend going there!