Cueva de Tito Bustillo
Cueva de Tito Bustillo
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La Cueva de Tito Bustillo es uno de los conjuntos rupestre mundiales del arte paleolítico. En julio de 2008 fue declarada, junto a otras cuatro cuevas asturianas y doce más de Cantabria y el País Vasco, Patrimonio de la Humanidad por sus extraordinarias manifestaciones de arte rupestre paleolítico. De los doce conjuntos que la forman, únicamente se puede visitar unos meses al año el Panel Principal para contribuir a la preservación y conservación de la Cueva. The Tito Bustillo Cave is one of the world´s collections of Palaeolithic rock art. In July 2008 it was declared, together with four other Asturian caves and twelve more in Cantabria and the Basque Country, a World Heritage Site due to its extraordinary examples of Palaeolithic rock art. Of the twelve collections that form it, only the Main Panel can be visited during certain months of the year in order to help with the preservation and conservation of the Cave.
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Mitch Brenner
London, UK208 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Not worth the visit. You walk very long through a badly lit cave so you can look at drawings of three horses. That's it! During several stops the information given was in Spanish only.
Written 9 June 2023
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Thank you for sharing your comment. We regret that you haven't enjoy the visit. Guided visits are only in Spanish For the preservation of prehistoric rupestrian art is neccesary the maintenance of a stable environment (light, relative humidity) so this requires conservations measure: lighting conditions, restrictions on number of visitors. Best regards!
Written 23 June 2023
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Cornwall chough
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
These caves are well worth visiting but if you do not speak Spanish you should make sure that you spend time in the visitor centre first. It has a very good display with English information which will make your visit to the caves much more meaningful. The cave guides only conduct the tour in Spanish with a very small amount of English information.
Written 22 June 2022
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markinmiami
miami beach284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
The cave is quite impressive in its size & with stalactites etc, but the real significance lies with the paintings that you’ll see a selection of (including the famous purple horses). It’s one of the 8 most important caves in Europe (and even fewer in terms of being able to visit the real thing , rather than the copy-caves of its sisters Altamira or Lascaux) , given the variety of paintings & the long time frame during which the cave was used. So it’s a 5 for significance & artistic expression, but it’s strange that there are no services for non-Spanish speakers (booklet, audio guide etc), which makes it more difficult to follow the 1hr tour unless you understand Spanish. There’s an English book about the caves in the museum shop & I would hope the museum has English descriptions . I only booked the cave visit weeks in advance as they limit the number off visitors for preservation & because of the pandemic-recommend you do the same.
Written 17 June 2021
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Masol1
Hamar, Norway312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Interesting both in the sense of the discovery of the cave(s) and the paintings and the history and display of the paintings. Well worth a visit. You can visit both the cave and the museum and I can recommend both.
Written 10 October 2019
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jsy444
Jersey, UK159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I have been to many caves before but have never seen cave art. The reality surpassed my expectations. What an amazing experience. Unfortunately the guided tours are only in Spanish - I would have loved to understand more, but still well worth the visit.
Written 29 September 2019
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Buddy S
Topeka, KS235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This is really not to be missed. The cave art in this museum is among the best. There is also a very good museum nearby that one should go to before or after the cave. Although many of the guides do not speak English, if they do or you speak Spanish, they are very knowledgeable.
Written 30 August 2019
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James S
Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
The Tito Bustillo cave visit is a very special experience. 14,000 year old cave art. Lots of horses, reindeer and an auroch (pre-historic
cattle). 1 hr guided tour. The tour is in Spanish but our guide translated most of the material into English...probably pot luck depending on your guide. Truly awe-inspiring. A must do if you have an interest in history, archaeology or art. Critical to book in advance. Amazing value at less than 5 euros.
Written 16 August 2019
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kathy88888
Edina, MN118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This wonderful museum explains much about the culture, the caves and the cave paintings in the large cave. It explains how the cave was discovered and has video interviews with the people who discovered it. The museum itself is built like a cave and the exhibits are in English as well as other languages. The exhibits also explain what is in the cave paintings and how to interpret them. The videos have the option of English language subtitles. This is a great experience but children may not enjoy it as much as older teenagers and adults. As part of your ticket, you get a free guided tour of the small cave. Frankly, this is a waste of time. You need to climb 300 steps and then all you see is a large cavern with nothing in it. Children did not seem to enjoy it. The museum is a short easy walk from downtown. Plan on spending about 2 hours at the museum. If you want to see the large cave with the actual paintings plan well ahead since they are usually booked 1-2 months in advance.
Written 23 July 2019
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vts2
Falls Church, VA143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The modern multi level Tito Bustillo museum is excellent with exhibits not only about the prehistoric paintings but also tools, jewelry,etc. Good English signage. 1 1/2 hour was not enough time for the museum alone. The prehistoric cave art is not as clear as those near Sarlat in France because many of the paintings were painted over during the years. Nevertheless, to see the artistic and creative achievements is amazing given their age -- approximately 15,000 years ago. The art paintings are at the end of a pathway that is dimly lit, has muddy areas and stretches of very narrow rocky pathways that go up and down. It's about 900 ft to and from this area and the entrance. While there are few steps, the condition of the pathway can be a challenge for those who have mobility issues. Only 15 people are permitted each tour in order to preserve the art and the cave's guide spoke only Spanish. To fully appreciate the cave's art, be sure to spend sufficient time at the museum and also pay for a translator to accompany you through the cave itself. .
Written 20 July 2019
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Mark R
Valparaiso, IN1,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
You must buy your tickets in advance. Very limited entry. Small tours but only in Spanish. Not strenuous.
Written 11 July 2019
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