Contact details

39409  Tarriba, San Felices de Buelna, Cantabria  (Cantabria)
reservascuevas@culturadecantabria.es
http://cuevas.culturadecantabria.com
Tel.:+34 942598425
Fax.:+34 942598305

Location

Cantabria

Reservations


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    World Heritage, a certification granted by UNESCO.


Description

It one of the most complete ensembles of engravings in the region.

Designated World Heritage in 2008

It is located on a hilltop and has an arch-shaped entrance. Some of the paintings have disappeared with time but special mention should still be made of its large-scale figures and naturalist conception. The most valuable artistic gem is to be found in the underground area, where you can see drawings of horses, bison, wild bulls, goats, deer, a possible reindeer and a human form with an arm raised and a long tail. The minute detail on all of them is worthy of note, demonstrating a precise knowledge of animal anatomy on the part of the artist. The main technique used is engraving, with both fine and finger-width incisions. There are also examples made using abrasion. These different techniques suggest two different times of creation: one more ancient, dating back at least 18,000 years; another close to 13,000 BC.

  • Construction: Caves and tourist mines
  • Artistic period: Prehistory

Practical information

Schedule

  • From Nov 01 to Feb 28
  • From Wednesday to Friday

    From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Public holidays and Weekend
    From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Closing days: Monday, Tuesday
  • From Mar 01 to Jun 13
  • From Wednesday to Sunday

    From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Closing days: Monday, Tuesday
  • From Sep 18 to Oct 31
  • From Wednesday to Sunday

    From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Closing days: Monday, Tuesday
  • From Jun 14 to Sep 17
  • From Tuesday to Sunday

    From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Closing days: Monday

Guided tours only Closed: 1, 6 January, 24, 25, 31 December.

Prices

  • General: €3
  • Reduced: €1,50

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