The Nerja Cave Foundation announces improvements and the return of the music and dance festival

Archival photograph. / KARL LITTLE MAN

Tourist attraction confident of returning to pre-pandemic visitor levels and designing event schedule for second half of July

Eugenio Cabezas

The Nerja Cave Board of Directors, made up of representatives from the central government, the Junta de Andalucía, the Diputación and the Nerja Town Hall, unanimously approved the 2022 budget, which increased by 20, 5% compared to 2021.

The cave, which has been hit hard by the pandemic as its only revenue comes from ticket sales, is confident of a recovery in visitors to pre-Covid-19 levels, when it reached 441,590 in 2019. year 2021 has been a key year in the recovery of visitors with almost double the number of tourists compared to the previous year, some 289,349 against 149,271 in 2020. Thanks to these figures, the prepayment of the ICO loan of 600 000 euros to Unicaja will be made in April.

The council, which met on Tuesday, announced that this year’s 61st Cueva de Nerja International Music and Dance Festival, to be held in the outdoor gardens, will return after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic in the second half of July. In addition, the budget for the general conservation project has been increased to 435,180 euros.

The meeting of the board of directors of the foundation of the cave of Nerja took place on Tuesday

The Foundation announced that it is beginning “the design, development and implementation of the sustainable development management system in accordance with the 2030 Agenda, within a framework that will allow us to become one of the public entities adhering to the strong commitment to sustainability in Europe.”


The Foundation also announced the adaptation of the Manuel del Campo auditorium with an endowment of 48,000 euros. It will be located within the grounds of the Grotto and will host the International Music Festival and other possible events, since since 2019 the festival has taken place in the gardens “for conservation reasons”.

In addition, work to improve the hydraulic infrastructure, amounting to 100,000 euros, will be carried out to improve water management towards greater sustainability of the cave and the mountain range in which it is located. find. A new perimeter security fence will be built along the entire length of the site, with an investment of 150,000 euros.

The handrails inside the cave will be renewed to increase safety along the route, at a cost of 100,000 euros. In addition, a virtual reality room is to be built that will provide virtual accessibility to areas of the cave inaccessible to the public and to cave paintings, which are not shown for conservation reasons, with an endowment of 75,000 euros.

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