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Luis Efrén Fernández shows the archaeological site
Luis Efrén Fernández shows the archaeological site / J. R

Nerja Cave bosses open up hidden parts to promote idea of a new UNESCO day

  • The director and chief conservationist at the site gave a guided tour of parts of the cave not usually open to the public

Leading representatives from the Nerja Cave foundation allowed journalists access to parts of the Nerja cave system not usually open to the public on Tuesday, with the aim of promoting the idea of making June 6 a UNESCO international subterranean world day.

The visit was led by the foundation’s director, Carlos García, and conservationist, Luis Efrén Fernández. It included showing an ongoing archaeological dig, where scientists from a number of different countries, including the UK, USA, France, Belgium and Italy, are working, as well as the entrance first used by the five discoverers of the cave in 1959. Luis Efrén Fernández said, “The caves aren’t just about visitors- it is important to remember that work continues to learn more about them.”

The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of ‘International Days’ to mark important aspects of human life and history, which may be proposed by UNESCO or other UN specialised agencies.