THE TICKET OFFICE OPERATES
October to March – from 09:30am to 05:00pm
April, May and September – from 09:30am to 06:00pm
June to August – from 09:30am to 06:30pm
January 1st – 10:00 am to 05:00pm
Including weekends and holy days, except December 25th
2024 Prices (Per Person)
Free – Children under 5 years old
4,90€ - Children from 5 to 11 years old
8,20€ - All visitors with 12 years old and above
7,40€ - Group with at least 20 adults (if tickets are purchased by the leader of the group)
School prices (September to June)
1,60€ - Kindergarten
3,20€ - 1st grade (6 to 10)
4,00€ - 2nd grade (11 to 12)
4,70€ - 3rd grade, high school and college
Taxes included at 23%
It’s not necessary to book a tour in order to visit the cave unless you have group with more than 20 adults or a school group. More information on group bookings down below.
We don’t have tours at specific time schedules, these are marked as visitors arrive. As you purchase your tickets our staff at the ticket office will tell you when the next tour will begin.
The tour takes about 60 minutes, starts with a small presentation video and is followed by an accompanied tour, our staff that will act as guide giving explanations during the length of the tour, and ends in a photography exhibition about the 70 years of cave exploration in Portugal and in a rock, mineral and gems exposition.
Because the staff aren’t certified guides, explanations in other languages depend on the staff’s own knowledge. Non the less, we have available a free downloadable APP that serves as an audio-guide with all the information for the cave in English, Spanish, French and German. The APP will work off-line during the tour.
During the length of the tour, we will walk 600 meters of cave and descend 683 steps, the largest staircase of the cave has 105 steps, comfortable shoes are advised.
The exit is by lift, about 300 meters from the caves entrance.
Throughout the cave there is a security railing, it is there to protect both the visitor and the cave. Do not cross the railings for there is a risk of lesion. Avoid touching the cave walls and specially its formations as in doing so might prevent their future development.
FOOD AND BEVERADGE
During the length of the tour the only beverage accepted is water, the only natural drink of nature. It is forbidden to eat inside the cave, chewing gum included, the only exception will be during events on proper locations.
The tour takes about 60 minutes and there are no restrooms inside the cave. We have restrooms both at the beginning and at the end of the tour, including restrooms adapted to people with disabilities and changing room for infants. We advise the use of the restrooms before entering the cave, please don’t use the cave as a toilet.
It’s strictly forbidden to smoke inside the cave, including vaping and electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes.
TEMPERATURE INSIDE THE CAVE
The cave as a stable temperature of 18ºC (64,4ºF), and high humidity.
You can bring a coat during the colder months for the return to the entrance (300 meters uncovered).
If it’s rainy outside, it will drip more inside the cave. You can take an umbrella for the return to the entrance, but please don’t open it inside the cave.
PHOTOS AND VIDEO
It’s allowed to take photos and record videos during the tour so long as you don’t harm the natural flow of the tour. Remember to tag us @grutasmiradeaire
Pets are allowed inside the cave, so long as the remaining members of the group don’t mind their presence.
Due to the nature of the cave, it’s impossible to use strollers during the tours.
GROUPS AND SCHOOL GROUPS
Groups with 20 adults or more have discounts on the tour. These groups as well as school groups must be booked in advance and confirmed with at least 1 week remaining to the tour date.
The booking of groups must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org providing the date, hour of arrival, number of visitors and a mobile contact number. For the school groups, the grade of the students is also required.
Groups with more than 45 persons must be divided into smaller groups that enter within 15 minutes apart as long as we have one of our staff members available to begin the tour.
Booked groups without confirmation might be overlooked by others with full confirmation.
In case of delay, the booked groups that arrive on time will have priority.
Group bookings are design to help manage our staff, they don't guarantee priority treatment.