Cuevas de Sorbas

Caves of Sorbas - Karst en Yesos Sorbas cuevas - Gypsum Karst Caves Sorbas

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Location: At Sorbas, between Tabernas and Los Gallardos, province of Almeria
Open: All year, after appointment.
Fee: Basic Route: Adults EUR 12, Children (3-11) EUR 8. Groups (21+): Adults EUR 10.80, Children (3-11) EUR 7.20.
Training Route: Groups (21+): Students EUR 8.50.
Combined Route: Adults EUR 25, Children (3-11) EUR 16. Groups (21+): Adults EUR 22.50, Children (3-11) EUR 14.40.
Technical Route: Adults EUR 45. Groups (21+): Adults EUR 40.50.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none, headlamps provided.
Guided tours: Basic Route: D=2h, minimum age 3 years.
Training Route: D=4h, minimum age 3 years.
Combined Route: D=4h, minimum age 3 years.
Technical Route: D=5h, minimum age 12 years.
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Address: Cuevas de Sorbas, Natur-Sport Sorbas S.L., Paraje Barranco del Infierno, 04270 Sorbas (Almería), Tel: +34-950-364-704. E-mail: contact
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Definitely a wild cave, one of the few with an own webpage. The Cuevas de Sorbas is a cave system which is very interesting. Most of the passages are rather spacious, dry and rather clean. The visitors are equipped with lamps and helmets, and old clothes are a good idea too. But, except for the most difficult technical tour, it is not necessary to wear a caving overall. The emphasis of the tours is on the didactic side and not on the getting-dirty side.

There are four differnt tours, of increasing technical difficulty. The shortest tour is called Basic Tour and includes only walking. It suits the average tourist, but definitely requires more physical fitness than a show cave. The Training Tour includes some climbing and stooping and is intended for school groups and as a training for the more difficult tours. The Combined Tour combines two caves with different character. And finally the technical tour includes narrow passages, crawling, and an eight meter abseil.

The area around Sorbas is a gypsum karst area, where soluble gypsum on the surface is weathered by the rain water. This process is rather fast and thus gypsum karst is in general very fragile and developing very fast, at least compared to other geologic processes. However, this area of Spain is very dry and thus the development is exceptionally slow. The area is dubbed one of the best preserved Gypsum Karst topographies in the world. In total some 50 kilometers of cave passages are known.