Mira de Aire Caves – the largest in Portugal
The Mira de Aire Caves, are the largest in Portugal and are certainly a great option for those looking for a different tour. With 11km of extension , of which 600m can be visited, the caves were elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. The tour is going desceding, through 683 steps and although it looks a lot, it is not hard because there ase several levels. The visit is done in groups and begins with a video with the history of the place and some interesting information. During the route several stops are made in many galleries, where the guide gives explanations including on how the elements in there are constantly formed, composing that scenario. It is a unique beauty.
Nearby the Mira de Aire Caves there are restaurants, a dog kennel, a small water park with swimming pools for adults and children and 3 water slides “toboggan”, a bar and terrace. You can also organize events and dinners in a space inside the cave. The only negative point of Mira de Aire Caves, which is due to the limitation of the space itself, is the fact of not being accessible to people with limited mobility.
The Mira de Aire Caves were discovered by chance in 1947 by local residents. However it was only open to the public on August 11, 1974. On the website you can read more details about the geological and geomorphological framework, as well as having access to the complete history and do a virtual tour, among other information.
Those visiting the Mira de Aire Caves, may also want to consider to visit the Fatima Shrine. This is one of most famous points of interest in Portugal and it is a 25 minutes drive from the caves.
Mira de Aire Caves – Information
Address: Av. Dr. Luciano Justo Ramos nº470 – 2485-050 MIRA DE AIRE – PORTUGAL
Telephone: +351 244 440 322
October to March – 9:30am to 5:30pm
April to May – 9:30am to 6pm
June and September – 9:30am to 7pm
July and Agoust – 9:30am to 8pm
Open every day, including weekends and holidays
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the caves
Free Children under 5 years old
3,90 € Children between 5 and 11 years old
6,60€ Visitors +12
5,90€ Groups with more than 20 people (all the tickets have to be bought at the same time)