Subterranean jewels sculpted in rock by the forces of nature. If you fancy a touch of speleology, now’s the time to bring out your adventurous side and venture into some of the best-known caves in Spain. Many of these were where our ancestors once lived, leaving behind faint traces of their lives, and others are quite simply uniquely beautiful. Stalactites and stalagmites twisted into fascinating shapes that spark the imagination. These caves are located all over the country, and they're great places to visit at any time of year. The list that follows will help you to better plan your trip. Batman would be up for it right away, and so would Indiana Jones - how about you?
The vestiges of prehistoric times are very clear here. The importance of this cave, which is located near Santillana del Mar, stems from the cave paintings that were discovered there in the 19th century. And it has also been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. For reasons of conservation, the cave is closed to the public, but you can visit the Museum of Altamira and the Neocueva, an exact replica of the original where you can learn a little more about its former inhabitants. Horses, bison, deer, and other animals are represented on the walls of this marvellous place. It'll leave you speechless. A place that is both interesting and accessible to people of all ages.
The Cave of Zugarramurdi or Sorginen Leizea (Navarre)
This limestone cave in the Pyrenees of Navarre is well known throughout Spain because of its links to witchcraft. At the time of the Inquisition it served as proof that such practices existed. This is what inspired Spanish film director Álex de la Iglesia to make the film The Witches of Zugarramurdi. A magical place full of the whispers of a multitude of stories and legends. If you'd like to delve a bit deeper into this subject, you can always visit the Witchcraft Museum in nearby Zugarramurdi. You’ll no doubt be bewitched!
In the east of the island of Mallorca (Porto Cristo) you’ll find these four caves that stretch for 1,200 metres and lie 25 metres below the surface of the earth. The first mention of this place was in the Middle Ages, and later it appeared in Clovis Dardentor, a novel by Jules Verne. A world of surprises awaits you inside. Here you'll see turquoise waters, roofs with distinctive rock formations, and one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world: Lake Martel. Every visit includes a concert of classical music that will make your experience a truly unforgettable one. The acoustics inside the caves make for a unique sound. The perfect soundtrack to your holiday.
Nature transformed into art? This describes the work of the artist César Manrique, who modified this lava tube, transforming it into the ultimate symbol of the island of Lanzarote. When the volcano erupted, two tunnels were formed: the Los Jameos tunnel and the Los Verdes cave. You'll see that Manrique was a genius with his hands. He shaped this place combining black, green, blue, and white, the colours of rock, vegetation and water, bringing them together in a harmony that transmits a feeling of peace that will refresh and revitalise you. Jameos del Agua is very close to the sea, and the inland lake was created by water filtering through. The really incredible thing is that here is the only place where you'll find an auditorium located inside a volcanic cave. It has a capacity for more than 500 people.