Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta), Benaojan

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. Plan your Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta) visit and explore what else you can see and do in Benaojan using our Benaojan online trip itinerary maker .
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  • During our stay in Benaoján we had planned to visit this cave we found looking for tourist attractions in the area. It must be booked in advance, especially if the visit will take place in weekend, as it has enough number of people. The visit is done in group with guide, of course. To preserve the cave, there same lights are given. It must bring suitable footwear, as there are areas very slippery with moisture. The guide is very documented and explains everything in detail. There are paintings of great interest. Certainly it is to note that you prima conservation about economic exploitation.
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  • An exceptional experience! The paintings and in general the tour provided by the guide were really interesting and enjoyable, and of course the cave itself was also beautiful. I have been to many cave...  more »
  • I visited quite a few caves with cave paintings, it stands out by not using lighting effects. Only a few carbide lamps provide more or less originally left Cave. Careful planning is essential however (dates, routes, etc.)
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  • Very beautiful cave with a lot of interesting paintings. The one hour tour is done in both Spanish and English. Good guide with plenty of information. The group size of 25 people is very reasonable, enough space for everyone to see the cave and paintings. Well worth the 8 euro fee. You need a reservation but this is easily arranged by phone (or simply showing up).
  • A great way to spend an hour or so! Spectacular caves, with amazing paintings. The guide was very good, explaining what we were seeing. There are a lot of stone steps up and down, both before getting to the cave and inside as well. It is not for non ambulatory people.
  • Although we were not able to book beforehand the guide was helpful when we arrived and we were able to go on the next guided tour. The tour was interesting although all in Spanish, really worth while and good value for money. Something worth going out of your way for. Thanks! For great 1 hour guided tour
  • This is the only cave I've visited with old Stone Age (Paleolithic) cave paintings, so maybe I'm overreacting, but it was an indescribable thrill. The family that discovered the cave gives tours and has taken very good care to protect the archaeological features. No photos are allowed inside the cave. Tours were in English and Spanish.
  • Fascinating caves with prehistoric cave paintings & amazing rock formations. Well guided too. A bit slippery underfoot & lots of uneven steps, so not ideal if you're not steady on your feet

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