The "Cueva del Tesoro" treasure cave is located between the villages of La Cala deI Moral and Rincon de la Victoria. It is located on one of the steep slopes that stretch towards the Mediterranean coast. The "Cueva del Tesoro" originated from the sea. Their galleries were formed under the sea level by currents and waves. Later this whole area of EI Cantal appeared and with it the various caves and grottos that are here, like the "Cueva del Tesoro". Because of this origin, its most outstanding formations are gorges and pillars. Later, freshwater filtration created some of the more typical phenomena found in limestone caverns, such as stalactites and stalagmites. It has remnants of cave paintings that were described by Abbot Breuil in 1918. Archaeological remains of the Cueva del Tesoro are kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid. There are numerous ceramic remains from the Neolithic and from the liturgical manufacture of Silex, among which a spearhead of the solute bridle sticks out. Remains of humans and animals have also been discovered.
The cave is best known for the oral and written record of a treasure hidden during the Arab period. This tradition appears in documents by Fray Antonio Agustin de Milla y Suazo in the 17th century. The treasure had interested various treasure hunters in the past three centuries. Medina Conde reports of an expedition consisting of 17 people in the middle of the 18th century, which fled in fear due to various unusual events. The Swiss Antonio de la Nari spent several years searching for the treasure during the XIX century until it fell victim to an explosion in 1847, which he himself provoked to open galleries, and thus died. The treasure hunter and great scholar of the cave for the past 38 years was the Malagan professor D. Manuel Laza, who worked in it until recently. But the attraction of the cave doesn't end with the legend of the treasure. According to the studies by D. Manuel Laza, the sanctuary of the goddess Noctiluca is in it. Here is a petrification that bears great resemblance to the depiction of this goddess on ancient Phoenician coins. This goddess of fertility, life and death was represented on earth by a petrified image, in the sky she was the moon in its various phases.Here you will find the way to the cave.
1. HALL OF THE VIRGIN: The visit begins in this hall, which got its name from the day of discovery, October 12th, the day of Saint Pilat, in 1951.
2. HALL OF MARCUS CRASSUS: After the writers Plutarch (Greek historian of the II century) and Cornelius Nepos (Latin author from the epoch of the Emperor Augustus), Marcus Crassus took refuge in a grotto on the Mediterranean coast while fleeing from Marius and Cinna match the characteristics of the Cueva del Tesoro. Another Latin tradition says that the cave was also a refuge for Sextus Pompejus when he fled to Carteya from Didio, Caesar's admiral, after the Battle of Munda.
3. AREA OF CAVE PAINTING: Extensive gallery where cave paintings in schematic style were found.
4. ROOM OF THE EAGLE: Hall where a boulder reminds us of the figure of this bird.
5. LABYRINTHEN GALLERY: Nice area of the cave, where the sea origin can be seen
6. DOCTOR OF THE GODDESS NOCTILUCA: Here D. Manuel Laza gives the prehistoric sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Noctiluca. It represents life, death and fertility. It is the goddess of the night and the moon. It goes back to the Neolithic and there were remains of ashes from animals that were sacrificed according to the rites of the era.
7. VOLCANO ROOM: This is the last part that can be seen from the northeast wing of the grotto. At the end there is an abyss that may still be connected to the sea. This fact is currently being investigated.
8. HALL OF THE LAKES: This extensive zone of the cave has beautiful natural lakes formed by dripping water from limestone cliffs. It is the liveliest of all galleries and in it you can see interesting eccentric stalactites that cover a large part of the walls.
Winter / Spring / Fall
(September 16 - June 14)
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (closes at 2:00 p.m.)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closes at 6:00 p.m.)
Summer (June 15th - September 15th)
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (closes at 2:00 p.m.)
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (closes at 8:00 p.m.)
The cave is closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st and 6th.
Children (0-3 years) free
Children (4 - 14 years) € 2.75 / visit
Adults (15-64 years) € 4.65 / visit
Seniors (65 years +) 2.75 € / visit
Youth / student ID card € 2.75 / visit
Pensioners, unemployed people of the community free
Free visit to the "Cueva del Tesoro" cave from Monday to Friday during the first hour of opening of the cave and up to full capacity (60 people).
Av. de Picasso, 21 29730 La Cala del Moral Málaga
Tel: 952 406 162.