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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  • The cave is interesting if you don't know the stalagmites and stalactites. Not much to see elsewhere. The visit is in Spanish but you are provided with a very approximate french document: amazing that there may not be a correct translation! Correct toilet with distributors of paper in good condition and the SOAP would be a plus also
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  • Amazing place for a walk if you want a view and something different other than Cathedrals, Tapas restaurants and Flamenco dancing. We went in February when Storm Emma was passing over the UK and the r...  more »
  • 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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  • 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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