The beautiful Canelobre Caves lie in the small town of Busot, around 24 km from Alicante city, southeast Spain. This ancient cave system is believed to be the deepest and also longest in the whole of Spain.
The entrance to the cave is some 700 metres high up on the Cabezón de Oro (Big Golden Head) mountain.
This mountain is also a popular location for Hiking and Rock Climbing. The Valencian Community is one of the more mountainous regions of Spain which forms much of the eastern mainland.
The Origin of Canelobre Caves
Formed several million years ago, Canelobre Caves are famous for their Cathedral vault which measures 70 metres in height. The caves themselves for the most part are a forever changing wonder of the natural world. Upon entry, the caves open up into a spectacular underground cavern. The cavern is where minerals have been deposited to resemble “Candelabras”. And thus where the caves name originates.
Caves Lighting and Guided Tours
The natural appearance of the caves is enhanced using an intricate lighting system. This lighting system and natural acoustics also add to the Cathedral-like atmosphere.
The caves often play host to musical events and concerts. Thanks to the high altitude and excellent acoustics. You will also encounter the stage used for concerts upon your visit.
There are many guided tours throughout the day as the tour guides take you on a 40 minute walk through the caves. These tours also provide you with useful information as you proceed. There are usually English speaking guides in attendance. The guides will explain the history and also the general layout of the caves.
Opening Times and Ticket Prices 2020
Canelobre Caves has a winter and also a summer timetable. The summer timetable only extends from the 1st July – 31st August.
In the winter months you can usually visit between 10:30am – 5pm. Below is the full timetable for both the summer and winter months
Winter Visiting Times
1st September – 30th June
- Monday – Closed.
- Tuesday – Friday – 10:30am. – 16:50pm.
- Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – 10:30am. – 17:50pm.
Summer Visiting Times
1st July – 31st August and Semana Santa
- Weekdays – 10:30am. – 19:30pm.
- Saturday and Sunday after Easter open until 15.00pm.
- Closed for San Vicente (Monday after Easter Sunday), 25th December and also 1st January.
Tickets are prices at 7 € for adults, 4.50 € for pensioners and 3.50 € for children and those with disabilities. Children under 5 years old are admitted for free. There is also limited parking which is free and a picnic area to have a spot of lunch during your visit..
For more information, you can call the information line on +34 965 69 92 50 or visit the Busot Tourism Website.
This video captures the journey coupled with actual footage from inside the caves.
Entrance to the Caves
The mountain is where you will find the entrances to the caves.
Live Cave Concerts
With the amazing acoustics generated from within the cave walls, live concerts are particularly popular here.
If you head back to the AP-7 motorway you can reach the vibrant city of Benidorm in around 30 minutes. Alicante city is around the same distance if you head south instead of north. If you like the caves then there are two other attractions that may be of interest which are just inland from Benidorm. The super Algar Waterfalls and Guadalest Valley are must visit places.