Cueva de Llamazares

Useful Information

Location: 45min walk from the village Llamazares. Start and ticket office at the Museo Paleontológico. Use of car to the cave entrance possible.
Open: JUN Sat, Sun 10-12, 16-18.
JUL to AUG Thu-Sun 10-12, 16-18.
SEP Sat, Sun 10-12, 16-18.
Fee: Adults EUR 12, Children (0-9) free.
Groups (5+): Adults EUR .
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: A=1,475m asl.
Guided tours: L=700m, VR=50m, D=40min, V=4,000/a
Address: Cueva de Llamazares, Tel: +34-617-368-625.
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The Cueva de Llamazares (cave of Llamazares) was named after the nearby village. It is also called Cueva de Coribios or Cueva de Coribos. The cave is entered through a small triangular entrance, only 2m wide and 2m high. The tour shouws the main passage of the cave, but there is also a second, parallel passage which is smaller and not developed.

The Cueva de Llamazares is famous for an abundance of cave corals, but some descriptions seem not to distinguish between two kinds ofg corals. As far as we understood the cave has both. Cave Corals are speleothems which form under certain conditions and look like normal corals, hence the name. But they are not formed by living animals, which build calcitic shells and thus form the reef. They are formed by calcium richt water in the cave depositing limestone in a chemical process.

But there are also an abundance of fossils in the 200Ma old Jurassic limestones, which were formed as a sediment in an oxygene rich shallow sea which was full of life. many fossilized remaisn can be found in the limestones, but several were freed from the surrounding rock by the formation of the cave. The fossils are presented in the Museo Paleontológico (Paleontological Museum) which was created in the old school house of Llamazares. They have a great collection of over 250 spectacular items, including a 300Ma old Lepidodendron or giant fern. Most of the local fossils are from the Triassic and Jurassic periods.

The museum is also the starting point for cave tours and the ticket office The cave located 45 minutes walk from the village and as a result it is visited by only 4,000 people per year. It may be possible to reach the cave by car but we gues its either a private road or suitable only to 4WD. The cave is closed during rain, we guess the way to the cave is too dangerous during rain.