An increase in the number of visitors to the Nerja Caves by the close of 2015 seems to be proof that the ‘financial crisis’ may be receding in the area. For the third consecutive year there has been a steady rise in visitors to the famous Nerja Caves, with figures now breaking the 400,000 footfall barrier. The Nerja Cave foundation has reported that the visitor figures amounted to approximately 401,300 which accounts for 3.5% more than in 2014. Although these numbers are far from those reached fourteen years ago in 2001 when a record 527’096 was recorded, the attraction continues the upward trend in visitors that began in 2012. In order to adapt to the many visitors, for the first time in the 55 year history, the opening times have now changed to 9:00am – 4:00pm from today!
One survey revealed that what visitors wanted to improve the most was to increase the information provided both through maps, visual guides and audio guides, and to have their own personal guided tours with qualified staff. Manager of the Nerja Cave Foundation, Angel Ruiz, has resolved to listen to the suggestions and said that they will continue trying to improve these figures, “although always making compatible conservation research and tourism “.
The Caves re-opened again today (Saturday 2nd January 2016) with the management’s team hoping that this will be the most successful year yet. The Caves remain one of the most visited sites in the province making it still the top attraction in Nerja.