Cueva de los Murcielagos, Zuheros

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The Cueva de los Murciélagos is a cave system in the Sierras Subbéticas located about 4 km southeast of the town of Zuheros in the southern province of Córdoba in Spain. Although the caves were discovered in 1868, they were not studied until 1938. The caves host one of the largest bat colonies in Andalusia.
The caves are located in an extensive karst landscape at an altitude of 980 metres in the heart of the Cañada de Malos Vientos mountain (1000 m) in southern Andalusia. The rock formations and caves with stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean lakes were formed due to weathering and leaching of carbonate rocks. The caves have a total length of 2,000 metres, of which only 450 metres can be accessed.
Speleologists discovered tombs from the middle Paleolithic period, which show evidence of human occupation of the caves 35,000 years ago. According to the Carbon-14 dating method, finds from the Neolithic period have an age from 4,300 to 3,980 BC. The researchers reconstructed the lives of people whose artefacts were found preferentially at the cave entrance. Here they cooked their meals on an open firepit. Their diet consisted of the meat of wild and farm animals and various cereals. They used tools created of flint and bones, in order to cut leather. They manufactured red painted vessels, as well as necklaces and bracelets made of sea shells, which they probably acquired through trade with coastal residents. Apparently, the group was on the transition from a live as hunter-gatherers to a live as farmers, who cultivated crops and bred domestic animals.
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  • Beautiful and amazing cave in the village of Zuheros... the guide was friendly and explained everything very well and the cave is a marvel. Last visit an hour, fully recommended.
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  • Something not to be missed on your visit to this small village. Very competent and friendly guide. Adapted for children
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  • I really enjoyed my visit to the cave. The guide was very friendly and his English was surprisingly good, based on other reviews - certainly good enough to explain and illuminate the experience. The steps are going to be a real challenge for anyone not in good health, but don't worry about bats. I saw only two - one flying, one asleep, and neither got in my hair. The drive up to the caves is part of the experience. A winding, hillside route affords great views of the beautiful pueblo blanco of Zuheros. Take a picnic for the viewpoints on the high road, and a few beers beside the castle will make your trip complete - if you're not the one who has to drive home.
  • We love bats, and were really excited when we found out about this place. Thus we called in the morning in order to book for the afternoon, and we went there, through the small country road up the hills. We arrived there... and it was deserted. Nobody at all, nothing. We called again, and this time the lady told us to come the following day, because they were closed. Well, thank you very much for accepting a booking on an empty date... Obviously we weren't able to come back another day 😐😐😐
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