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33 reviews of Cave of El Soplao

See Víctor Gómez - machbel's photos
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Underground stone forest

This cave was opened to the public in 2005, but it was really discovered in 1908. It's one of those places where nature goes on a whim and uses only water to create dazzling rock formations.

The Soplao cave has the highest concentration of “eccentric” stalactites and stalagmites in the entire world. The stalactites grow out randomly in every direction any seem like a rock forest or a stone coral reef.

This is an unusual phenomenon and is only found in a few caves. Of course, it's much nicer to see it in person. To see the cave, there's the standard route (€10.50) that's fully accessible for people with disabilities. Or, you have the Adventure route (32€) where, with a suit and helmet provided by the guides, you can explore the interior of the cave. This visit is more expensive than normal, but it lasts 2.5 hours and you’ll see many more chambers that have not been changed by human hands.

The cave is a must-see and, as you can imagine, I'd suggest going on the Adventure route!
Víctor Gómez - machbel
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Most amazing thing i've ever done

This is one of the most spectacular and amazing things I've done in my life.

To get to La Cueva El Soplao, there's a long detour from the highway along narrow curvy roads and then a seemingly endless hike, but boy was it worth it!

As soon as you enter the cave, you're just overwhelmed. My eyes were like saucers! The views are amazing and you can see as far as Naranjo de Bulnes, the Sierra de Cuera mountains, and they even say you can see the Bay of Biscay if the day is clear.

There's a new train which covers the first 400 meters of the cave. Inside, the temperature are around 12-13ºC and the humidity around 90%, so make sure to bring comfortable footwear and very warm jacket.

The entrance could not be more spectacular. You're greeted by a huge gallery opening up before your eyes. The guide turned off all the lights and began to explain the history and features of the cave using lights and sounds.

In total, we walked about 1500 meters of the 18 total kilometers that make up the Soplao caves. You can also try the "Adventure" visit where you don overalls, helmets, and boots and delve another 3km deep into the cave.

You can't take pictures inside, so you can have a look at the website to get an idea of the cave's interior. One look and you'll be overcome by the desire to visit, and I don't blame you!
See Silvia del Moral's photos
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In my opinion, this is the most beautiful cave I have ever seen. They've really set everything up nicely so you can see everything in detail and not miss an inch of the unparalleled beauty and unique whiteness of the shapes. Both the trip on the mining train and the views of the cave itself are wonderful.

This was the best by far...I wouldn't miss it for the world. I, for one, will definitely be back.
Silvia del Moral

Magical world

If you take a trip to Santander, I'd suggest visiting the Cueva de Soplao. We had heard a lot of good things about this place, about its unique size and number of what are called "eccentric" rock formations. It's like entering a magical world.

The cave is large and the ceilings, walls, and floors are full of what appear, at first glance, to be ice formations. The whiteness and sheer variety of the formations is amazing.

Tickets can be purchased via phone (as we did), online, or directly at the ticket office, but the wait can be as long as half an hour before you can enter.

There are many ways of visiting: the general visit, which covers the central gallery, and an "Adventure" visit (much more expensive at 32 euros), which, apparently, takes you much farther into cave with equipment provided. It sounds really cool actually, but we were a bit short of time. Hopefully we'll be back one day.

Their website is very complete and you can see some photos. Unfortunately, you can't take pictures inside. The location of the cave is also quite beautiful, but in our case there was thick fog the day we went. It’s on top of a mountain and, apparently, you can see all the way to Naranjo de Bulnes and the surrounding peaks and valleys around.
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Cave of El Soplao Phone Number
+34 902 820 282 / 942 70 93 90
+34 902 820 282 / 942 70 93 90
Cave of El Soplao Address
Prao el Colla, s/n, 39553 Celis, Cantabria
Prao el Colla, s/n, 39553 Celis, Cantabria
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