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Situation and Visits

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Situation


 

The site
• Village: Benaojan
• Area: Serrania of Ronda
• Province: Malaga (Andalusia, Spain)
• Coordinateses:
   - Geo.
     Lat. 36º 41´ 33.06" N
     Long. 5º 16´ 7.51" W
   - UTM
     X: 297300.88
     Y: 4063227.87

Spring 1970 / Summer 1960
Benaojan

The cave of La Pileta is situated at 711 m of altitude in the south slope of the boulder of Las Mesas , a rocky hill located between the mountain range of El Palo and the mountain range of Juan Diego, which runs pararell to the Guadiaro river, fifting its bed to the south of Benaojan.

Location is accessed by a sign posted at Km 4.5 of the road from Benaoján to Cortes de la Frontera (MA-501), which leads to an explaned where you can park your car. From there you go up a path Ver foto to the entrance of the cave. You can also go to Benaoján by train (Timetables ) or bus from Ronda (departure at 08:30 h., One way). In any case there is no public transport from Benaoján to the Cave (see walking path below).
 

Virtual Tour (videos - images - Google Map)
Driving Directions

Cómo llegar
Driving directions



Walking to the cave: Benaojan train station - La Pileta. 3.35 km.

Walking to the cave: Benaojan - La Pileta. 3.89 km.

Cartography
Maps:

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Ortophotos:

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Shuttle view
Natural Surrounding

The surrounding of the Cave are a powerful grayish white limestone massif, profiled on a max. of altitude of 1.400 m and that constitues the Málaga part of the Natural Park Sierra of Grazalema Saber más

From the vantage point in where the Cave is, you enjoy excellentes views, a rough land underlining the singular plain that opens to our feet down hillside: the valley of the Cave. We are in the rock domain, lack of all vegetation except species that grows in its fissures along with some bushes and trees that occupies the slight available ground. The formation with karstic origin abounds and the limestone is, it if has been occupied by water, dangerously sharpened.

A varied fauna gives life to this beautiful space, a paradise for the numerous wild goats Ver foto, birds, mammals and reptiles. 

Know more
• Rainfall Data 1958 - 2000. The Pileta Cave Station.
• Local Gravity

Visit the Cave  


The Cave is open all year round. Opening hours from 10:00 to 13:00h and 16:00 to 18:00h (17:00 from october through to march).

The visits are obligatorily with a guide (they speak some English) and last approximatly one hour. The maximum group size is 25, so if you come on a busy day you may have to wait for a place. When there are few visitors, scheduled hours are combined in order to help minimise the impact that the visit has on the Cave.

Rates:

Adults: 8 €
Children (5 to 10 years): 5 €
Students (More than 15 people): 5 €

Reserves:

Groups of more than 15 people (not more than 25) can make a reservation for the first visit (10.00h). Reservations can not be made on weekends or public holidays or in Summer. Tel: (34) 952167343.

Tickets for the visit on saturday and holidays are available from 10:00 a.m., and to complet the quota of the day, at the reception of the Cave.

Rules to access the Cave:

This prohibited the use any kind of cameras, camera equipment, videos, flashes, as well as help with spikes or sharp sticks, and anything else that could harm the cave. Mobile phones must be turned off before starting the visit, its waves can affect the bats.

Indoor temperature: 15 º C. It is advisable to wear shoes and clothing suitable for wet and slippery ground.

• Smoking is strictly prohibited, as well as the access of animals or any type of food or liquid. It is forbidden to touch the walls of the cave formations. It is strictly forbidden to leave any garbage or other material inside the cave.

• Please silence, respecting both visitors and the instructions from the staff of the cave.

• You should rigorously and strictly follow the instructions given by the staff of the cave. Any violation or breach of the rules empowers the staff to cancel the visit of the Cave.

• It is advisable not to enter the cave with children under 11 years. The responsibility, if you come with children, is of the parents or the guardian of the minors. It is recommended not to entering the Cave of people with heart problems and limited mobility.

Know more:

The stairway that climbs from the parking (686 m altitude) to the Cave (711 m altitude) has 101 steps and the visit route in the cave 243 steps.
 

Benaojan

Suggestion: Have you been to Pileta Cave? Sing our Visitors`Book

Related page: La Pileta on the Net

 

# Last updated 09-01-14 (Weather).

 

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