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Underground tourism growing in popularity

A gallery at the Pilar 
de Jaravía mine, 
where iron, silver and l
ead were extracted 
from the end of the 
19th century to 1970.
A gallery at the Pilar de Jaravía mine, where iron, silver and l ead were extracted from the end of the 19th century to 1970.

Pulpí has joined the Association of Tourism Caves of Spain, which has 40 members in the form of municipalities with natural or artificial caves which are of interest to tourists. These include Nerja (Malaga), Karrantza (Vizcaya), Altamira (Cantabria), La Jayona (Badajoz) and Jalance (Valencia). "We want people to see the mine, its buildings and its environment, not just the geode," said Juan Bautista López, Pulpí's tourism councillor.

In Almeria province there are already some very attractive places for fans of geological tourism, such as the old Rodalquilar gold mines, the karst beauty spot of Sorbas, with hundreds of galleries full of stalactites and stalagmites, and the Cabo de Gata Geopark and its beautiful volcanic landscapes overlooking the Mediterranean.