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The Cave of Benidoleig

The “ Cova de les Calveres” is situated on the southern border of the Girona valley at an elevation of nearly 330 feet, in the area of the Marina Alta.

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The cave has an impressive history. For more than 100.000 years Palaeolithic dwellers used the place as a refuge. Numerous remnants from the Palaeolithic until modern times demonstrate the importance of the cave for its environment.

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In 1768 explorers came across the remains of 12 persons. This explains the name “Calaveres” (cadavers). Subsequently this discovery gave rise to a legend, embellished with tales about Moorish Kings, princesses and precious treasures.

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In the 1960´s it was officially opened for the public as a turistic attraction. Since then the cave has become a popular place for excursions, both by the native population and holiday guests.

 

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