After knowing the best islands on the planet, today we return to Spain to show you one of the many natural wonders that can be found throughout the country. Specifically, today we are located in the province of Huelva, where in addition to finding the spectacular town of Minas de Riotinto, we can enjoy the Gruta de las Maravillas, a cavity located in the urban area of the town of Aracena, which is about 89 kilometers from Seville.
Do you want to discover this impressive corner Hubense Deeper? Well, do not miss anything we tell you below! We assure you that you will love it!
More than 2 kilometers
One of the most demanded activities in the province of Huelva is the visit to the Grotto of Wonders and the truth is that it is not surprising, since it is a truly spectacular place, where water and stone have created formations of the most surprising. We are talking about more than 2 kilometers in length of which about 1,200 meters can be visited. It is an impressive set of halls, galleries, lakes and underground courses that time has been carving in Cerro del Castillo. It is a circular route that has galleries located on 3 levels of different heights.
As we said, what is most surprising about this place are the formations that water and stone have created over the centuries. And you can see from stalactites and stalagmites, up gours, which are like puddles or holes that form in caves. In addition, you can find the most eccentric coladas, pisolitos and formations in the form of stars, hedgehogs, explosions ...
The history of the Grotto of Wonders
Apparently, the Grotto of Wonders was discovered in 1886 by Tío Blas, a shepherd who had lost a beef by the cavity and came looking for it. It is said that when he saw the formations, the name of Snow Well, which today is the name of the street where the entrance to the grotto is located. However, some experts assure that the first historical references to this place date from 1850, when the discovery of an old mine was published in an important newspaper. In any case, it was not until 1914 when it was opened to the public, becoming the first tourist grotto in the country. Of course, at that time only part of the grotto was known. Later, in 1926 and 1987, new galleries and rooms were discovered.
As we have mentioned before, the Grotto of Wonders has been visited since 1914. Now, the tour begins in the Sala de las Conchas, from where the first level of galleries is visited, where you can find water, in addition to different formations. This first tour ends in Big room, which is the largest room in the entire cavity. From here you ascend to the second level, where the Cathedral Room, the Bath of the Sultana, the Glassware of God and the Room of the Emerald await. During this part of the tour you will also discover surprising forms. The last part of the visit begins when you go back down to the first level to see the Chickpea, Nude Rooms and the lake. Then we leave you with our gallery, where you will find more images of the Grotto of Wonders of Huelva. Do not miss it!
La Gruta de las Maravillas (Aracena, Huelva) / The Cave of Wonders (Aracena, Huelva) (June 2022)
- caves, Huelva