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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. 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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Parece mentira que tengamos lugares tan maravillosos en nuestro país, fuimos dos parejas con autocaravana y pudimos aparcar sin problema a la entrada del carril, llegamos tarde porque no teníamos el s... more »It seems lie that we have such wonderful places in our country, we were two couples with motorhome and we could park without problem at the entrance of the lane, we arrived late because we had no room in our planning of vista, we saw it on the way to benaoján and is very well signposted on the road, this was the reason to see it stop. We started to climb a very steep staircase of stones and sand (beware of children and adults) until you reach the entrance, our surprise was that last visit was inside and they opened the doors for us to be able to include us in the group, admission is €8 with guide included, give you a lantern and we recommend taking sports shoes and even a long sleeve still August since inside there is high humidity. The cave presents different paintings up to 40 thousand years old, skeletal remains and natural sculptures of stalactites and stalagmites, the guide explains in detail the most significant cave and as our ancestors used to life there. Very interesting to put in place for a moment. We do not think that we would both like.
La cueva realmente espectacular.El guía era un señor mayor, bastante amable, aunque eché de menos explicaciones un poco más extensas, documentadas y entretenidas. Volveré a visitarlas en un tiempo, se... more »The truly spectacular cave. The guide was an old man, quite friendly, although I missed less a bit more extensive, documented and entertaining explanations. I'll be back to visit them in time, safe
Pinturas de hace 30.000 años iluminadas por el foco del guía y atravesando escaleras y pasadizos naturales. Incomparable con ninguna otra experiencia. Lo que nos extrañó sobre todo la poca repercusión... more »Paintings of 30,000 years ago lit by the focus of the Guide and crossing natural passageways and stairs. Incomparable with any other experience. What surprised us, especially the little impact this and little-known which is. Perhaps to purpose.
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!
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