THE Nerja Caves, the main tourist attraction of Axarquia, have seen an increase in visitors for the third consecutive year.
Additionally, as of December 15, the caves had received over 400,000 visitors, the first time this has happened since 2008.
Chief Executive Officer of the Nerja Caves Foundation Angel Ruiz said that the goal is to keep the numbers rising, “although always making conservation compatible with research and tourism.”
As a result, the next year is set to see some big changes. For the first time in the 55-year history of the caves, they will have a continuous timetable. As from January 2, the caves will be open from 9am to 4pm.
Feedback from tourists over the last year has indicated that the majority of visitors would like more information about the caves, through blueprints, audioguides, and guided tours.
As a result, the Nerja Caves Foundation has indicated that these will be points of focus in the future, as well as new projects like the opening of a circular path in the neighbouring hills, and the restoration of some of the exterior parts of the cave.