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A small village in the west of the province of Malaga, near the border with the province of Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Almijara (a Natural Park) on fertile land devoted to fruit and vegetable cultivation which stretches down towards the sea, creating some of the most beautiful scenery on the whole of the coast, a panorama to which tiny Maro itself, clean and tranquil, also makes an important contribution.
 
Within its boundaries are Nerja Cave, a veritable wonder of nature:
 
It was January 12, 1959 when Francis Montesinos Navas, Manuel and Miguel Muñoz Zorrilla, José Luis Barbero, José Miguel Torres Cárdenas, went down to the place known as "La Mina" and found the room now known as the Waterfall or the Ballet, at the impressive Cueva de Nerja.
 
La Cueva de Nerja, called the "natural cathedral of the Costa del Sol", is located 750 meters from the coastline on a hillock, about 200 meters above sea level and at the side of the Sierra de Almijara. It is located only 5 km from town and 1 km of annexed Maro. The cavity open to the public has an area of about 140,000 square meters, being its maximum length of 700 meters. In 1961 it was declared Historical Artistic Monument.
 
The cave is divided into three great parts:
 
-The Low Galleries or Tourist Galleries.
-The High Galleries (discovered in 1960).
-The New Galleries (discovered in 1969).
 
At present works are carried out for the opening of new galleries. Archaeological remains have been found such as tools, fossils and paintings, as the cave was fitted 30,000 years ago but has been hidden for the last 3,000 years, which has allowed its current preservation. But the most attractive is the huge column in the Hall of Cataclysm, with a height of 60 meters and a diameter of 18 meters.
 
Acantilados de Maro
 
Where the Sierra de Almijara plunges into the sea, erosion has created a spectacular coastline of cliffs, coves and small beaches over an area of 1,814 hectares, on the border between Granada and Málaga, at Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Beauty Spot (Paraje Natural Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo).
 
Mediterranean scrub, featuring juniper, Ephedra vulgaris, holm oak, lentisks, kermes oak, carob, Cneorum triccocum and palmetto. Fields of a submarine plant known as posidonia are also common along the coastal strip. Members of the seagull family, such as the Lanus ridibundus, Lanus argentatus and Lanus fuscus, as well as roving species of birds of prey, falcons, goshawks and sparrow hawks.

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