Cueva de los Murcielagos, Zuheros

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The Cueva de los Murciélagos is a cave system in the Sierras Subbéticas located about 4 km southeast of the town of Zuheros in the southern province of Córdoba in Spain. Although the caves were discovered in 1868, they were not studied until 1938. The caves host one of the largest bat colonies in Andalusia.Location and formationThe caves are located in an extensive karst landscape at an altitude of 980 metres in the heart of the Cañada de Malos Vientos mountain (1000 m) in southern Andalusia. The rock formations and caves with stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean lakes were formed due to weathering and leaching of carbonate rocks. The caves have a total length of 2,000 metres, of which only 450 metres can be accessed.HistorySpeleologists discovered tombs from the middle Paleolithic period, which show evidence of human occupation of the caves 35,000 years ago. According to the Carbon-14 dating method, finds from the Neolithic period have an age from 4,300 to 3,980 BC. The researchers reconstructed the lives of people whose artefacts were found preferentially at the cave entrance. Here they cooked their meals on an open firepit. Their diet consisted of the meat of wild and farm animals and various cereals. They used tools created of flint and bones, in order to cut leather. They manufactured red painted vessels, as well as necklaces and bracelets made of sea shells, which they probably acquired through trade with coastal residents. Apparently, the group was on the transition from a live as hunter-gatherers to a live as farmers, who cultivated crops and bred domestic animals.
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  • We visited the cave with a reservation that includes also the Castle and the Museum of Zuheros by € 7.50, however you can go only to the cave. The activity has Guide throughout the tour. Very punctual, we started the tour with explanations. The cave is big enough, has 350 steps of descent at 65 meters and many others rise, although it is a little hard in a part of the route, it becomes easy. It is a fun and educational experience that I recommend.
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  • We arrived at Zueros and the girl that we attended in the Museum, Sandra, was very charming, informed us of everything that could be visited and all the option tourist Zueros, something that did not at the hotel. In the afternoon got for the visit, with the great luck that Sandra was there again and was our guide inside the cave, told us the history that concentrated the cave and also answered all the questions that we did. The next day in the afternoon we got to the area where the cave is located and we went to meet Sandra and we were watching the Ecomuseum, came some pretty rude people demanding that want to see the Cave although they had no book, she explained to them that There was a whole group of person and not could go politely, caught the car and left. MY recommendations: Call to reserve, not to require guides or disrespect and ask for the Guide Sandra and try it to make you visit. We loved the visit to Zueros.
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  • We have visited several caves and bats is different from the rest. Although do not vary much from other famous caves, if that brings a plus given the sheer of the route as it has a total of 700 steps (approx half down and upward half). Although it is not normal to see bats, we were lucky to see a 5 or 6 loose "hung" which were hibernating and were poquenitos. But the best thing was that at one point not too far from the group could see rapid one of large bats fly quickly to the inside of one of the caves. It was big and the cries of some of the Group credited it jiji
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  • It is worth going to see it. It is not very big but it is pretty deep. We were told the guides that only 2% of the cave can be visited. I recommend both the cave and the village of Zuheros.
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  • Very nice cave and the guide very nice and friendly. I recommend go with sneakers and a jacket.
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  • Very beautiful cave. Outside there is a breathtaking view. Very nice
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  • A beautiful cave and a great experience. The Guide has been excellent and the magnificent exhibition.
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  • Although called the bat cave, it is difficult to see any, although it depends on the time that access to the cave. A very interesting place both by location and its history. To spend a good time is not bad.
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