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Cova de Can Marca

A few miles north of the village of Sant Miquel, which has an attractive hill-top church and some good tapas bars, is the tourist attraction cave complex of Cova de Can Marca. The caves have been commercialised and fitted with some spectacular sound and lighting effects, providing for an entertaining guided tour. The caves are situated atop a rocky inlet and there is a spectacular view over the bay and of the islands of Murada and Feriradura from the cave site. The cave is said to be more than 100,000 years old and features underground lakes, stalactites and stalagmites. There was once a natural waterfall in the cave system but the waterfall featured on the tour today is a replica, as the waterbeds of the cave system are now fossilized. Only in some of the deepest caverns are stalactites and stalagmites still being formed. The caves were once used by smugglers to hide their cargo and it is still possible to see the marks they made on the walls to guide them through the cave system. Tours are held in various languages and take about 40 minutes. The tours are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels and are very popular with tourists. It is not necessary to book in advance.

Website: www.covadecanmarsa.com/main_en.html

Telephone: +34 971 334 776

Opening times: 10.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 8pm (May to October); 11am to 5.30pm (November to April).

Admission: €10 (adults), €6 (children aged 4 - 12).