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Zona Cuevas de Altamira
39330  Santillana, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria  (Cantabria)
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Fax::+34 942840157


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    Verdensarv: udpeges af UNESCO.


Important examples of prehistoric rock art

The paintings are some 14,000 years old and have the World Heritage designation.

The cave has an irregular shape and is some 270 metres in length. It has an entrance hall, main gallery and side hall, and contains some of the world's finest examples of prehistoric rock art. The drawings are some 14,000 years old and show bison, deer, boar, horses… They are painted using natural, red-coloured ochre and outlined in black. To ensure their conservation, the cave structure and paintings have been painstakingly reproduced, using the same painting techniques, in the Altamira Museum's Neo-cave. Visitors can marvel at the details of the great ceiling with its polychrome bison, and visit the painters' workshop, where they can hear an explanation of the techniques used to create this masterpiece of rock art.

Caves and tourist mines


The town of Santillana del Mar is 2 kilometres away, and offers a variety of historical and cultural attractions.

Praktiske oplysninger


Fra 01 maj til 31 okt
Fra Tirsdag til L& Fra Tirsdag til 248;rdag
Fra 09:30 til 20:00

Fra 09:30 til 15:00
Lukkedage: Mandag

Fra 01 nov til 30 apr
Fra Tirsdag til L& Fra Tirsdag til 248;rdag
Fra 09:30 til 18:00

Fra 09:30 til 15:00
Lukkedage: Mandag

Closed: 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 28 June; 24, 25 and 31 December.

Times and admission refer to the Altamira Museum, as the Altamira Caves are closed to visitors.  


Standard: 3€
Reduceret: 1,50€
Free after 2 pm on Saturday, all day Sunday, 18 April, 12 October, 6 December and 18 May.  


In January 2014 a new research programme of experimental visits was launched, consisting of only one group of five people a week with a museum guide.

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