How do people get free entry to the Nerja cave?

I visited Nerja during Holy Week with my family. We spent €16 per person visiting the Caves. (€64 for 4 people). The truth is that it is a recommended visit. Our visit to the Nerja cave was organized for 10:00 a.m. on Good Friday. Already inside the Cave and just before reaching the souvenir shop. I was going up the stairs and I heard someone say. “The people who had free tickets at 9:30 a.m. have already left.” Why do they have free tickets? Can someone explain it to me?

Hello! Yes, 60 free tickets are given out every day. So you can enter the cave for free. But you can only reserve online.

You can reserve your free ticket here on the official website: nerja cave – free tickets

Here I explain everything in detail.


To visit the Nerja Cave for free it is necessary to obtain tickets two days in advance. You can only enter for free at 9:30 a.m. The free visit is valid for any day Monday to Friday at 9:30 a.m. with limited capacity of 60 tickets daily for members of the European Union. 

Free tickets can only be purchased onlineat 9:30 a.m. 48 hours before the day of the visit, with a maximum of 2 tickets per person. For example: if you want to go on a Friday, you can obtain them the Wednesday before at 9:30 a.m. They are valid to enter exclusively during the 9:30 a.m. shift. hours. If you wish to enter later, after that hour, on another shift on a holiday or non-working day. You will have to buy the ticket online.

Here another @nerjalovers user explains how to get the cheapest tickets on the internet. (cheaper than at the box office or on the official website).

Discount entrance to the Nerja Cave

To enter the Nerja cave for free, you can visit it on an open day, which is usually announced in advance on the cave’s official website or in the local media. You can also participate in a tourist promotion that includes free entry to the cave or look for discounts for groups or students. Another option is to visit the surrounding area and enjoy the exterior views of the cave without entering its interior.

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