Caves Of Costa Blanca
The city of Benidorm enjoys some spectacular coastline and dramatic mountain ranges where visitors can explore the mysterious caves of Costa Blanca. There are numerous interesting days out that can be enjoyed when on holiday in Benidorm, and many of them are less than an hour’s drive from the city. Just 30 minutes drive takes you to the most visited village in Spain that sits on top of a mountain in the Guadalest Valley and offers stunning views. Not far from Guadalest is another of Benidorm’s top attractions, the crystal clear waters of Algar Waterfalls that, even in the height of summer, remain icy cold.
Throughout Costa Blanca’s mountains and rugged coast there are cave systems that can be explored, but most are best left to experienced ”cavers” as this extreme sport can be very dangerous. Cave systems twist and turn with steep climbs, sheer drops, dead ends, narrow tunnels and underground rivers and streams that can rapidly rise if rain falls on higher ground, easily trapping cavers for days. The caves of Costa Blanca mentioned in this article are open to the public and totally safe.
Caves Of Canelobre
The Caves of Canelobre (Las Cuevas de Canelobre) are the most visited caves of Costa Blanca. Located near the village of Busot, about 50 minutes drive from Benidorm, they are open to the public all year round. These ancient caves were formed millions of years ago, and in recent times have had additional walkways, steps and a beautiful lighting system added.
When exploring the caves, their walls, stalagmites and stalactites reflect the colourful lighting, and it doesn’t take much imagination for visitors to start seeing shapes take the form of all sorts of wildlife and other creatures such as gargoyles and witches. The main part of the cave’s cathedral like shape produces perfect acoustics and if you are lucky enough to visit at the right time, you can listen to some excellent live music performances. There is a picnic area offering lovely views, and when visiting remember to bring warm clothes as the caves are cold inside.
OPENING TIMES & PRICES
The caves are open from 10:30-19:30 during July and August and 10:30-16:50 during the rest of the year. The entry price includes entry to the caves Museum of Music and costs 7€ for adults and children over 14 years. Children 5-14 years is 3.50€ and children under 5 years go free.
Caves Of Calaveras
The Caves Of Calaveras (Las Cuevas de las Calaveras) are located near the village of Benidoleig, and having an on site restaurant and children’s play area, make for a great day out from Benidorm that can be reached by car in less than 40 minutes. When visiting in the peak summer months, visitors can enjoy respite from the sun when exploring the cave’s deliciously cool interior. Some claim to have seen the late President Kennedy in the rock formations while others see a variety of animals and even a map of Spain. (what is that restaurant putting in the food!!)
OPENING TIMES & PRICES
Entry prices are a very reasonable 3.90€ for adults and 2.00€ for children, and the caves are open from 09:00-20:00 in the summer and 09:00-18:00 in winter.
Please note: All prices may be subject to change.