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.

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

Practical information


  • From Nov 01 to Mar 31
  • Friday From 10:00 to 15:00
  • Public holidays and Weekend From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 17:00
  • From Apr 01 to Jun 15
  • From Wednesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 18:00
  • Closing days: Monday, Tuesday
  • From Sep 16 to Oct 31
  • From Wednesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 18:00
  • Closing days: Monday, Tuesday
  • From Jun 16 to Sep 15
  • From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 12:00
  • Closing days: Monday

Guided tours only Closed: 1, 5-31 January, 24,25,31 December.


  • General: €3
  • Reduced: €1,50


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