Canelobre Caves are located on the northern slope of the Sierra Cabeçó D’Or, not far from the village of Busot. This is about an hour’s drive from Torrevieja via the AP-7 motorway. For a more scenic route, visitors can take the N-332 coastal road then join the A-70 by Alicante Airport. Whichever route you take, a day out to Canelobre Caves when holidaying in Torrevieja promises fun for all the family. The views on the drive up the mountain from Busot are really spectacular, and it’s worth stopping in the village to explore the 12th century Busot Castle.
Thought to be around 145 million years old, the caves were discovered by the Arabs in the 10th century. During the Spanish Civil War, Canelobre Caves were used as an aircraft workshop by the Republican Army. They cover a vast space of over 80,000 square metres and are accessed through a 45 metre long tunnel. The caves as they stand today have had a few additions. These include safe walkways, stairs and bridges. There is also subtle coloured spotlights highlighting the magnificent grottoes, stalagmites and stalactites which take on some weird forms.
Canelobre Caves Music
Some of these forms are huge and have been given individual names. La Sagrada Familia is a rocky column of 25 metres, and The Canelobre is a large stalagmite in the middle of one of the caves. Taking centre stage though, is the aptly named Cathedral Cave. This huge cavern has an impressive height of 70 metres. Due to the near perfect natural acoustics the cavern produces, it is often the setting for live music performances by local and guest musicians. Spelunking or caving can also be practised in certain areas of Canelobre Caves. Visitors who are interested in traditional music should take a wonder around the Museum of Ethnic Music in Busot Village.
Valor Chocolate Factory
Valor Chocolate Factory is located in the charming little town of Villajoyosa in north Costa Blanca. The town, chocolate factory and museum can be visited individually or during a day out to Benidorm.