Cuevas de Benifallet - Cueva Maravillas - Cueva del Dos

Caves of Benifallet - Wonder Cave - Cave of the Two


Useful Information

Location: Near Benifallet, Baix Ebre, at the river Ebre.
Leave motorway A7 at L'Ampolla, follow the road to Miravet, but turn left to Benifallet before you arrive at Miravet. Leave motorway A7 at L'Aldea, follow the road to Pinell de Brai, but turn right to Benifallet before you arrive at Pinell de Brai.
Leave the road Miravet-Tortosa at Benifallet. The Carrete Garcia crosses the town and follows the eastern banks of Riu Ebre to the south. After 4km turn left to the caves.
Open: SEP to APR Fri-Sun, Hol 10-14, 16-18. MAY to AUG daily 10-13:30, 16-20.
Fee: Adults 600 pts.
Groups: Adults 500 pts.
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: electric.
Dimension: Cueva Maravillas: L=510m, VR=10m.
Cueva del Dos: L=253m, VR=12m.
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Address: Cuevas de Benifallet, Ajuntament de Benifallet, C/Major 1, 43512 Benifallet, Tel: +34-77-462005, Fax: +34-77-462289. E-mail: contact
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Last update:$Date: 2014/07/21 08:08:39 $

History

 
1968some caves discovered by the caving club Espeleología de Gracia.
1994start of guided tours to the caves.
01-MAY-1995first Fiesta de las Cuevas celebrated.

Description

The caves of Benifallet are numerous caverns beneath the town Benifallet, some of them were inhabited during the Neolithic Age. The Cueva de Culla contains two painted figures, which are very slim and painted with black colour. In the Cueva de Aumidiella or Cova de l'Aumediella Gran, excavations revealed a bell-shaped vase and numerous fragments of pottery. Other caves are the Cueva de "Marigot" aka Cova d'en E. Marigot, La Sima del Sifó aka l'Avenç del Sifó (the Sifó abyss), and Avenç del Catalanisme. Two caves are open to the public, the Cueva "Maravillas" and the Cueva del Dos.

Maravillas Cave, the cave of Wonders, is famous for numerous helictites, and has also many stalagmites and stalactites. Soda straws and curtains are common too. Cueva del Dos is smaller but it has also many speleothems, including curtains and helictites. The cave starts with a descend into the first hall, which contains numerous speleothems. This speleothems are not growing any more. As the water here is low on calzite, the spelethems are dissolved by the water. The cave is called Cueva del Dos, cave of the two, as it has two portals.

Every year on the first of May, the Fiesta de las Cuevas, a big festival, is held at the place around the caves. Inhabitants of Benifallet and cave visitors get the lunch for free! Sometimes even a free dinner is made, with local specialties like garlic bread, sausages and butifarras.


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