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Covetes del Colomer

Bocairent, Spain

This set of Berber granary caves is now an interpretation center for the cave window structures in the Clarino valley. 


This site is occupied by Bocairent’s tourism service as an interpretation center for the nearby Covetes del Moros and provides information on the other rock window sites in Valencia’s Clariano valley.

Covetes del Colomer started as a group of individual Berber granaries cut by hand, into the rock by individual families in the era of the Muslim occupation before the 12th century. In the 16th century, the granary caves were modified into stables by joining together the individual granaries, raising the ceilings, and increasing the size of the windows.

You may also hear of the legend of the formation of St Vincent’s spring, which says that the water flow started when the saint wrung out his wet cloak whilst sheltering in the shallow cave in a rainstorm. The cave is only small but fascinating from both points of view.

Know Before You Go

Possibly you will get best value from the guide if you turn up just as it opens as you might get a 1:1 tour. Brilliant value and half an hour well spent. If heading for the Covetes del Moros after the interpretation center, head uphill and follow the red signs. The guided tours at Covetes del Moros occur three times a day and you need to prebook (can be done online).

If you only intend to visit here, the best parking is at the municipal cemetery, just walk down the hill. If you have other visits planned in town then Ave. d'Espanya should be your first choice.

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