Caves, Rivers and Craft Beer Walking Tour

From the Cueva del Gato to Jimera de Libar

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Caves, Rivers and Craft Beer Walking Tour

Cueva de La Pileta

A visit to the Cueva de La Pileta, and the pre-historic cave paintings within is a moving and wondrous experience.

With artwork dating back to over 20,000 years old, the 1km section of the complex cave system that we visit on the tour is a wonder of both human and natural art.

We pass through spacious galleries and narrow passages, the ceilings dripping with stalactites made up of the most vivid natural colours and even encounter the occasional sleeping bat.

The guide speaks English and is informative and engaging. The approximately 1hr long tour through the cave is one of the most unique activities on our Marbella Escapes tours and delights all who visit.

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Caves, Rivers and Craft Beer Walking Tour

Cueva del Gato

A truly beautiful spot, the Cueva del Gato, set next to the Rio Guadiaro is just a pleasant 2km walk from the train station at Estación de Benaoján and is our next stop after the Cueva de La Pileta.

With crystal clear waters, flowing from an underground river and set in a stunning natural environment, the Cueva del Gato is one of the most beautiful spots on our Marbella Escapes tours..

From the Cueva del Gato we then start our walk alongside the beautiful River Guadiaro and through beautiful Andalucian forests until Jimera de Libar. The 9km walk is relatively easy and takes approx. 3 hours, the trail actually forms part of the Gran Senda de Malaga and we will be walking Stage 25: Estación de Benaoján – Jimera de Líbar – for maps, guides and detailed information you can visit the to official Gran Senda de Malaga site here.

Caves, Rivers and Craft Beer Walking Tour

Jimera de Libar

Our walking tour doesn’t quite end in the village of Jimera de Libar, more a popular bar, well stocked with international and craft beers, as well as a friendly host and good food and conveniently set next to the train station, in the area known as the Barriada Estacion.

The Algeciras to Ronda train line, often known as “Mr Henderson’s” railway, faithfully follows the course of the Rio Guadiaro for much of its journey and will not only have been our companion along with river on our walk from Benaoján but will also be our source of transport back to our starting point.

However we have a short period of time before our train, to enjoy the good food and cold beer on offer at the popular and friendly Bar Allioli and if you wish a quick swim in the River!

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Tour Package

Caves, Rivers and Craft Beer!

Our tour of the Cueva de la Pileta, the Cueva del Gato and the walk along the Rio Guadiaro to Jimera de Libar, as with all Marbella Escapes trips and excursions are private tours, meaning you get a truly unique and intimate experience. Pick up & Drop off are door to door, wherever you’re staying in Marbella or the wider Costa del Sol.

Entrance to the monuments that we visit are included in the tour price as is the return train ticket from Jimera de Libar to Benoajan. Lunch at the Bar is not included in the tour price however.

Please note, the Cueva de La Pileta can be slippery in places and although the walk to Jimera de Libar is relatively easy please wear decent walking shoes or trainers, sandals and flip flops are not ideal and the itinerary as a whole is not best suited to people with mobility problems. We can of course adjust the tour accordingly so please mention in the comments section when booking any issues we should be aware of.

A unique excursion that allows you glimpse into our prehistoric past as well as experiencing one of the most beautiful river valleys in the area, far removed from the busy Costa del sol. Contact Marbella Escapes today to come and experience this unique day trip for yourself.

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