The most spectacular caves in Spain

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Spain has amazing tourist attractions from beaches to mountains along with a great gastronomic offers and other countless leisure possibilities. Surely, coast activities on, such as diving, surfing or simply sun and beach tourism are the most popular choices and the best known options to everyone. However, today we will not talk about any of them but rather about another incredible alternative which is also attractive and that will impress you on your visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Let’s talk about the best caves in Spain!

Our country’s natural wealth, even hard to believe, also resides in the Earth’s interior. The caves which are listed below, were genereted there. They are natural treasures that have been formed over the years, and have reached our days with beauty and a conservation status that is worth seeing in itself.

These are the Spanish caves that we recommend you visit:

Cueva del Drac (Mallorca)

Mallorca is a clear example of what was metioned before. This city does not only stand out for its coves and beaches but also for its four wonderful caves connected together that make up the Cueva del Drac. Cova Negra, Cova Blanca, Cova de Lluis Salvador and Cova dels Francesos were formed by the action of rainwater. Some experts date the appearance of the cave in the Miocene. If you visit it, during the tour (which lasts one hour), you can also attend a classical music concert on the shores of an underground lake.

Price: € 15

 Cueva del Valporquero (León)

The beauty of this place is stunning.  It is one of the most beautiful caves in Spain and it is located in León. Its remarkable stalactite columns make up a structure of seven different halls open to visitors. Some of them are considerably high. An example of this is the 40-meter long gallery called Gran Vía, named after its length although not especially wide, barely 8 meters wide. Under the tourist zone, there are passageways only suitable for speleologists and experts.

Price: € 8.50.

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 Cueva El Soplao (Santander)

It is located in Cantabria among the villages of Herrerías, Valdáliga and Rionansa. It is best known for its natural formations: it is the area with the highest concentration of eccentric helictites. They are a very peculiar type because they grow in all directions. Since 2005, it is possible to visit this cave that is more than 20 km long. The Fantasmas, Coliflor or Bosque galleries are some of the areas that you can visit.

Price: € 12.5

Grutas del Águila (Ávila)

In 1963 it was discovered by pure chance by some hunters who were crossing Valle del Tiétar. To date its origin, we must go back more than 10 million years ago. It is estimated that it is approximately 12 million years old.

Price: € 8

Cueva de Mendukilo (Navarra)

Although it has been open to the public for only a few years (it has been reserved for speleologists) and it is not even possible to visit it completely, the amazing nature of this place has earned a place on the best Spanish cave list. If you happen to go to Navarre, we recommend you to see the three halls that are open to visitors at the Cueva de Mendukilo.

Price: € 8

Cueva del viento (Tenerife)

Outside the peninsula, particulary in the Islas Canarias which is another of the main beach tourist destination, we also have a grotto to know. Although  it would be better to say, that it is the longest volcanic tube in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. It’s the Cueva del viento. With more than 2000 years of history, it stands out for its volcanic, biological and paleontological importance.

Price: € 20

Cueva de Nerja (Málaga)

While the Grutas del Águila cave was discovered by chance by some hunters, in this case, the Cueva de Nerja was discovered by a group of children. The Sala de la Torca is well-known for its cave paintings. With more than 4,800 meters in length, it is one of the most developed in Andalucía.

Online price: € 11. Tourist guide price: € 13. 

Cueva de Los Enebralejos (Segovia)

It is the most important one in the province of Segovia, located particulary at a short distance from Prádena de la Sierra. It is a cave packed with history because inside of it, many paintings and engravings have been found. The grotto was a necropolis that now is millions of years old. Price: € 6.20

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Luxury architecture in residential areas of Marbella

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Residential market within luxury architecture is currently growing worldwide.

We can define this architecture as an innovative architecture and with a personalized design, customized and made of unique spaces. While providing all of the needs for those who live inside them, mixing comfort with high quality.

Also this architecture has to be exclusive talking of used materials and with a high thermal isolating equipment, acoustic, and energy efficiency standards, apart from offering you technology as domotics is, which contributes with daily comfort as much as with security. Finally, it’s an architecture customized for the client.

Undoubtely, this architecture has a higher price than a standard construction, so its kind of customer counts on a high purchasing power.

 Which are the most sought elements in luxury architecture?

  • Well equiped kitchens.
  • Technology.
  • Open, ventilated and large floors.
  • Outdoors kitchens and pools. A well equiped indoor kitchen isn’t simply enough for someone who’s looking for luxury, they look for a cosy kitchen, and an outdoor kitchen.
  • Location, exclusivity in the property, a free place to rest and relax in the most absolute secret.
  • A games room and a cinema.
  • An exercise room.
  • Big rooms, specially the main one.
  • Dressing rooms.

But, which features are currently demanded from luxury architecture?

Now to location it adds each home’s customization, apart from art, vertical gardens, a reputed architect seal, energy certification, winery… As this house’s type customer wants his/her home to be unique and personalised, from the materials to distribution choice. Also to be provided of LEED, BREEAM, or the recent Nearly Zero Energy Building energy certifications. This homes’ buyer profile is very discerning and looks for quality, exclusivity, home leisure, and technology.

Do you know the most exclusive residential areas in Spain?

Down below we’ll tell you how them are but also they placement:

Ciudad Diagonal: The placement is in Esplugues de Llobregat, to the northwest of Barcelona city. Also the famous couple formed by the singer Shakira and the football player Piqué they have bought a 700 m2 mansion. It’s one of the most fashionable and most exclusive areas in Barcelona.

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La Zagaleta: It’s in Benahavís (Málaga). It’s an area which gives home to anonymous tycoons, it’s found one step away from Marbella but it’s considered as the most protected residential area in Europe. Especially relevant, it counts on recreative fishing areas, golf courts, heliports, and restaurants rised to the living standard which sorrounds the area. From any point of the residential area you can appreciate the contrast between the high area in which the villas are and the Mediterranean Sea. One of the curiosities of this placement is that it lists on secondary stock exchange with the name of Zagaleta SLU.  

luxury architecture Pic by: Vanitatis

Sotogrande: It’s a residential area placed in San Roque’s Cádiz municipality. Probably, it’s a renowned area and very reputed by its sports events, whether horse riding or golf tournaments. It’s proximity to Marbella’s influence area almost propitiates resident flows between both areas to enjoy of their facilities and events. 

luxury architecture Pic by: Vanitatis

Son Vida: It’s also the reference for luxury residential in Palma de Mallorca. Placed in a typical Mediterranean pine forests’ environment, from their luxurious mansions you can see Palma’s bay. In its environment there are plenty of golf resorts, and among their inhabitants we can find the ex Real Madrid football player Steve McManaman or Gabriel Escarrer (Meliá Hotels). The average price of these houses are around 4 miilions of euros.

luxury architecture Pic by : Mallorca Sotheby’s Realty

La Finca: First of all, this is the most private and secure residential complex in Madrid’s community. Also
 placed in the near municipality of Pozuelo de Alarcón, it’s famous maybe for being the home of football players such as Cristiano Ronaldo or singers such as Alejandro Sanz. Also, the most characteristic aspects of this place, its inhabitants have remarked its extreme security, with some sophisticasted identification systems or the strict confindentiality code that facilities’ workers must keep. But the main requirement to be a neighbour of this residential area it’s not the purchase power, as there’s an interview with the area sales agents in which one or other buyer has been dismissed as a neighbour.

luxury architecture Pic by :Estudio Martín Caballero

In conclusion, which are for you the most essential elements for a luxury architecture? Do you know any other place with this characteristics? Do you believe in technology factor as a luxury determining in residential sector?

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