Santillana del Mar

Palaeolithic Cave Art of the Cantabrian Coast (Altamira Cave extension)

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Santillana del Mar, Cantabria  (Cantabria)
Tel.:+34 942818815
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    World Heritage, a certification granted by UNESCO.


Prehistoric cave art in northern Spain

17 caves that represent one of the most important ensembles of Palaeolithic art in Europe.

The UNESCO designated Palaeolithic Cave Art of the Cantabrian Coast includes sites in the Autonomous Regions of Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country. Its 17 caves come together with Altamira Cave to conform this World Heritage attraction. The paintings you can see in them have an average age of 14,000 years and represent the pinnacle of Palaeolithic art in Europe. The number of different caves, the diversity of techniques and styles that can be seen and their good state of conservation underline the importance of the Cantabrian coast for Palaeolithic cave art.   Peña de Candamo Cavern Altxerri Caves Covaciella Cave  Covalanas Cave Ekain Cave  Hornos de la Peña Cave La Garma Cave  La Pasiega Cave  Las Chimeneas Cave  Llonín Cave Santimamiñe Cave  El Castillo Cave in Puente Viesgo El Chufín Cave  El Pendo Cave El Pindal Cave Tito Bustillo Cave Altamira Caves  Monte Castillo - Las Monedas Caves 

  • Construction: Prehistoric cave
  • Artistic period: Prehistory


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