Coves Meravelles (Wonderful Caves)

 

COVA MERAVELLES & COVA DEL DOS 

TIMETABLE

In order to guarantee the access to the Caves, we recommend book the tickets in advance on the visit day.

Visits to the Coves Meravelles are always guided and last approximately 45 minutes. It is requested to get there to collect the tickets, at least 15 minutes before the starting. Visits always start on time; the maximum waiting time is 5 minutes.

If there is a group (minimum 20 people) and the two joint activities (caves + lake) are carried out, it is mandatory to be punctual with the established times. Otherwise, the visit or tour will start without the group or will be shortened to meet the schedule, without prior or subsequent refund of the amount of the activity.

Modifications to the itinerary or conditions: the organization reserves the right to make modifications to the itinerary, conditions or activities of the caves or the laúd without prior notice. In case of significant changes, efforts will be made to notify affected buyers and offer alternatives or refunds, if possible.

Regular visit times during weekends and public holidays: 10am (Catalan), 11am (Spanish), 12m (Catalan), 1pm (Spanish), 4pm (Catalan) and 5pm (Spanish), 6.30pm (Catalan) and 7pm (Spanish).

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Closing days 2024: September 9th & 10th. Here you will be able to see what days we open de caves depending the month.

You can book by sending an e-mail to covesmeravelles@benifallet.cat or by calling 977 267 800 (Coves Meravelles) or 977 462 334 (Tourism Office).

*Payment will be mandatory by card from 6€.
*In order to apply the relevant discounts, you must present the card in force. If the card is not valid, no discount will be applied.


CONDITIONS

The price includes the guide to Coves Meravelles, on the day and time chosen by the user.

Visits are carried on with limited capacity (between 25 and 30 people).

The temperature inside the Caves fluctuates between 15 and 18 degrees with a degree of humidity above 90%. This means that if the temperature is very comfortable in winter, in summer a jacket is recommended, especially for children and the seniors. Shoes and comfortable clothes.

Pets are not allowed in the caves for safety reasons.

Children under 18 years-old will always be supervised by an adult for safety reasons.

A minimum of 2 people is required to make the visit.

 

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CAVES OF BENIFALLET

The Speleological Research Group (GIE) of the Traveller Center de Gràcia, in a campaign carried out in the Serra de Cardó in the spring of 1967, discovered a series of cavities while studying and researching the caves that have been known since ancient times in Benifallet as Caves of the Aumidiella and of which we know archaeological findings of the Neolithic. The group discovers the Cova Marigot, the Avenc del Sifó and the Cova Meravelles, which will be added to the existing ones, which together make up what is currently known as the COVES MERAVELLES.

 

The six subterranean cavities are: Avenc del Sifó, Avenc del Cataclisme, Cova de l’Aumidiella Gran or Xafa-roques, Cova Marigot Cova del Dos and Cova Meravelles. The Cova Meravelles and the Cova del Dos are the two cavities open to the public. Both can be visited in a 45 minute guided tour. In the Cova del Dos you can appreciate the historical remains of the Neolithic and the Battle of the Ebro; in the Cova Meravelles you will be excited about the spectacular Excèntriques, which are very unusual mineral formations. The Music Room will also surprise you. The slow dripping of the water creates fantastic formations where imagination knows no bounds: cows, elephants and even a rhino among stalactites, stalagmites, anemolites, gours and much more!

 
  • La Cova Meravelles

It has a total length of 510 meters, with about 9.82 meters of incline. It stands out for the quantity and quality of its concretions, especially the eccentric ones. The slow dripping of seepage water, laden with dissolved minerals, results in fascinating formations, sometimes so bizarre the visitor's imagination discovers fantastic beings. The Meravelles cave was discovered in 1968. Only 200 meters can be visited, including the following rooms:

a) The Pencil Room

The pencil room consists of a pile of thin stalactites on the ceiling, and on the ground, there is a curtain of stalagmites that surround a fully cylindrical stalagmite in the shape of a candle.

 

 

 

 
b) The Amphitheatre Room
 

Inside the amphitheatre room, we find the rimstones or lakes which, due to the water and minerals they carry, create circular shapes that look like the terraces of an amphitheatre. Another formation we find is the broccoli, which is due to splashes of water and the crystallization of the mineral and the fistula commonly called macaroni, because it is empty inside. Inside the room we also find one of the strangest formations inside a cave, a formation that seems to disobey the law of gravity. This formation is called eccentric. The flags, on the other hand, are formations hanging from the ceiling, like stalactites, but instead of being round they are flat, as the water drops gradually leave the mineral on the slope of the mountain, and the future column, which is about five inches short for it to join.

 

 

c) The Music Room

And to finish the tour, we discover the music room. This is the smallest room, but it is the only one where we find a summary of all the formations that we can find throughout the route: stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flags, macaroni and eccentrics. The room was given this name because there are stalactites that look like the pipes of an organ and they emit different sounds when you touch them with your fingertips. This is because behind them there is a wall that helps make a sound box and the noise comes out. The different sounds are a consequence of different lengths and different thicknesses.

 

 

  • Cova del Dos

This cavity is called Cova del Dos because it has two entrances. This cavity is important at an historical level, as evidence of human presence has been found. In the cave, we can see the reproduction of a bell-shaped vessel and one amphora. Together with different spearheads and flint as well as three burials, they make up the archaeological remains of the Neolithic found in the Caves of Benifallet. They can be visited at the Archaeological Museum of Barcelona and the Museum of the Terres de l'Ebre. According to oral memory, it is known that during the Spanish Civil War some people took refuge in the Cova del Dos. The cavity has 235 m of which 25 can be visited.