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Nerja caves visitor numbers dropped by 10.4 per cent in 2017

Fewer people visited the Nerja in 2017.
Fewer people visited the Nerja in 2017. / JENNIE RHODES
  • However, the town's museum saw a 16 per cent growth in numbers

A fall in visitor numbers at one of Malaga's most popular tourist attractions, the Nerja caves, has been attributed to a change in visiting rules and hours.

A 10.4 per cent drop in numbers was recorded last year, but according to manager of the caves, Luis Diáz, it was the first fall after four years of growth in numbers.

The timetable and visitor numbers change was put into practice at the end of 2016 following advice from scientists working there in order to better conserve the caves.

However, the town's museum saw a 16 per cent growth in numbers, which Diáz attributed to the 'cuevatren' which takes visitors between the caves, town and Maro.