Cueva de Ardales is located near the little whitewashed village of Ardales, some 50 km from Malaga city.
The visit to the prehistoric cave at Ardales is a great experience in the complete darkness, with a warm sweater and good shoes – as there are no lights and the stairs are not adapted to tourists. But it is only for those who understand Spanish – it is necessary to understand the guide’s instructions.
When you move down the humid, uneven stairs – down through the darkness, just with a small flashlight – you also move on a journey in time. The guide is incredibly good at telling how the locals lived in the Ardales area in the early days, how they spray painted with a straws and allocated lamps in the many rooms and hallways of the cave.
We didn’t see many cave paintings on the trip – in fact only 4-5 examples – yet the unusually dedicated guide manages to keep our attention with exciting anecdotes about how they figured out what the indigenous peoples did in the area. And then he had a very special talent to involve the children in his tales – our son was completely sold after being taken under the wings of the guide and involved on the whole trip down the cave, which lasted 2 hours in the cave itself.
The visit requires understanding Spanish and must be reserved at the Ardales Museum. All in all it takes 3 hours, incl. visit to the museum and transport to the cave.
Here are the 3 nicest accommodations near Ardales:
||Hotel La Posada del Conde. Remember that you found it on Autentical! Book it on|
||La Garganta. Remember that you found it on Autentical! Book it on|
||Finca El Arpa. Book it here on|