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San Felices de Buelna

Hornos de la Peña Cave

Contact details

39409  Tarriba, San Felices de Buelna, Cantabria  (Cantabria)
Tel.:+34 942598425
Fax.:+34 942598305


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    World Heritage, a certification granted by UNESCO.


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.

Caves and tourist mines

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Practical information


From Apr 16 to Oct 14
From Tuesday to Sunday
From 09:30 to 14:30
From 15:30 to 19:30

Closing days: Monday

From Oct 15 to Apr 15
From 09:30 to 15:30

From Saturday to Sunday
From 09:30 to 14:30
From 15:30 to 17:30

Closing days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Closed: 1 and 6 January, 24, 25 and 31 December. Advance booking necessary.


General: €3
Reduced: €1,50



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