The Hundidero and Gato Cave mouths

The Hundidero and Gato Cave mouths close to Ronda

The Hundidero and Gato Cave mouths are an intriguing geological wonder close to Ronda well worth a visit if you are in the area. The cave system features two remarkable areas with unique characteristics. Being home to a large colony of cavernicolous bats, remarkable cave paintings and a 4 KM subteranean (ie proffessional caving) route. The cave system itself is not open to the general public. You can, however visit both cave entrances to with the Cueva del Gato being the easiest as it has convenient parking and just a short walk of 500 metres or so.

The Cueva del Gato
The Hundidero and Gato Cave mouths
The recently(2023) constructed new footbridge across the river on the path to the Cueva del Gato.
The Hundidero and Gato Cave mouths
The pool with freezing water, waterfall and cave mouth. Cueva del Gato.

Nestled within the depths of the Andalusian countryside, the Cueva del Gato, or the cat’s cave, is a remarkable river pool. However, as with many beautiful and accessible destinations, it can get quite crowded during the summer months, particularly on weekends. Despite the crowds, the allure of the crystal-clear, pristine waters remains irresistible.

The water is exceptionally cold, but this only adds to the refreshing and invigorating experience of taking a dip. It’s the perfect spot to cool off after a morning’s sightseeing or to enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst the natural beauty of the Andalusian countryside. There are also plenty of nearby bars and restaurants within a short driving distance.

Getting to the Cueva del Gato from Ronda

The Cueva del Gato is located just 2 kilometers from the village of Benaoján. To get there from Ronda, follow the signs for Jerez/Seville. After approximately 1 kilometer, look for the signpost indicating Benaoján/Montejaque and Cortes de la Frontera and take a left turn (MA7041). After 6 kilometers or so, keep your eyes peeled for a parking area on the right-hand side.

The Hundidero and Gato Cave mouths
The cost of parking close to the Cueva del Gato is 1 Euro.

In the spring of 2023, the Benaojan town hall installed a pay car park for visitors to park closer to the Cueva del Gato. The parking fee is just 1 euro. From there, you can follow a short trail that leads to the cave. However, please note that access to the cave mouth itself is currently prohibited due to safety concerns, but you can still enjoy the stunning scenery and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the spring that flows from the cave.

The Hundidero cave.
Hundidero Cave Mouth
As you can see by the people in the image the cave mouth of Hundidero towers above us at more than 60 metres.

The cave mouth at Hundidero is where the water you saw flowing out of the Cueva del Gato enters the cave system. The two cave mouths are seperated by about 4 KM

To access the Hundidero Cave mouth there is a hike along a 2.5-kilometer trail which is very steep in places. The trail leads past the Caballeros Dam built at the beginning of the 20th century, which was never put into operation due to water leakage caused by the Karstic terrain.

Hundidero dam
Caballeros Dam built at the beginning of the 20th century never created a functioning reservoir and the project had to be abandoned.
Hundidero Cave footpath
The path and steps down to the Hundidero cave mouth are very steep in places.

Whilst entering the Hundidero-Gato cave system is prohibited, you can still explore the Hundidero Cave entrance. The hike takes approximately 1.5 hours and is accessible to the general public along a signposted footpath. REMEMBER: If you get down to the bottom and the cave entrance, you do have to come back the same way!

The Hundidero cave boasts an enormous mouth located at the base of a gorge That stands at an impressive height of approximately 60 meters. It receives water from nearby streams and rain drainage from the northeastern part of the Caíllo-Endrinal mountain range where it flows the

Getting to the Hindidero cave from Ronda

Take the A374 road towards Seville for 8 KM and look out for the left turn onto the MA8403 signposted for Benaojan, Montecorto and Cortes de la Frontera. Follow the MA8403 for 3.5 KM and the car park for the Hundidero footpath is on your right. (Parking here is free)

Hundidero footpath
From the car park the path slopes downwards towards the Caballero dam before the steep descent to the Hundidero cave mouth.
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