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Caves of the Espluga de Francolí

Open doors to the past

The caves of l’Espluga de Francolí are open doors to the geological and prehistoric past of our country

The extensive cave extends beneath the current nucleus of l’Espluga de Francolí. Speleological explorations that began in 1956 have allowed for the exploration and mapping of 3,600 meters of galleries to date, making it one of the longest caves in the world formed by conglomerate.

Archaeological findings inside these caves date back to the Paleolithic period and throughout history. The latest discovery occurred on October 30, 2019, when a team from the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) found a Paleolithic sanctuary containing over 300 engravings, some of which date back over 36,000 years.

This is the oldest sanctuary discovered in Catalonia, marking a significant date in Catalan archaeological history. Currently, visits to this space are not permitted, but visitors can view images and understand its importance through an audiovisual presentation.

Visits to the caves are always guided, offering a journey through various stages of prehistory where human presence has been evidenced through geological formations within the cavity.

The caves offer the Adventure Route for the more adventurous visitors: a speleology tour through the underground river wearing neoprene suits. This route allows participants to explore the geological formation of these conglomerate caves, the filtering process, the water current, the pathway, the river circuit, the joints, and the wells that led to their rediscovery.

Visita la nostra web:

covesdelespluga.info

Horaris

To ensure access to the caves, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance before the day of your visit through the reservations section.

Regular visiting hours during weekends:
10:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:45 PM, 4:30 PM, and 5:30 PM

Weekdays: Please check the reservations section for availability.
 
Closure days in 2024: Mondays (except in august and holidays); january 1,6,9,10,11 and 12; december 24,25,26 and 31. Holidays (only in the morning): April 1,June 24, september 11, november 3 and december 8.

Reception and store hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Closed on Mondays.
 
August: Open every day from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Tarifes

Individual ticket

Adult with 10% discount with Jove card, UOC, or presenting the Hostel card:

General

8,50€

General: Aged between 5 and 14 years

5,50€

General: Over 65 years old

7,65€

Entrada reduïda

(large family, single parent and duly accredited disabilities)

General

6,30€

General: Aged between 5 and 14 years:

4,30€

Free entrance

Children under 5 years:

Groups of more than 25 people, with prior reservation.

6,40€ per person

Reservations

Condicions

  • The price includes a guided tour of the Espluga Caves Museum, on the day and time chosen by the user.
  • Visits with limited capacity.
  • Opening hours of the shop and reception: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. During August, open daily.
  • The temperature inside the caves ranges between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius, with humidity levels exceeding 90%. While the temperature is comfortable in winter, it is advisable to wear a jacket in summer, especially for children and elderly people. Visitors in general should wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Idiomes

Tours in Spanish:

Weekends, public holidays and bridges: 12:45 PM
Free audio guide service in Spanish, English, French, and Russian available on all tours.

Accessibilitat

  • For wheelchair users or children in strollers.
  • We do not have services for people with hearing or vision difficulties.
  • No pets allowed, except for properly accredited assistance dogs.

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