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Awe inspiring prehistoric Cave art in lovely countryside.

Unlike better known Altamira where all but 5 lottery winners/ week see a reproduction of the cave... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lafayette, California
Very educational and cool cave

I have visited a number of caves in US, and Slovakia. This cave is quite large and gorgeous even... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Aix-en-Provence, France
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The Cave of El Castillo contains a very well preserved cave art ensemble and an archaeological deposit with a stratigraphic sequence dating back from the Lower Paleolithic Era (about 150,000 years ago) to the Bronze Age (about 6,000 years ago).
Carretera de las Cuevas, s/n, 39670 Puente Viesgo, Spain
+34 942 59 84 25
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike better known Altamira where all but 5 lottery winners/ week see a reproduction of the cave, this is a group of caves you can enter to see the actual 40,000 year old cave paintings. Small groups are given a time to enter & are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited a number of caves in US, and Slovakia. This cave is quite large and gorgeous even without the prehistoric wall paintings. Despite not speaking Spanish the guide made sure we understood him. The temperature inside the cave and the carbon dioxide are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018

With no car, I had read mixed advice on ease of getting to caves. It is a 45 minutes by ALSA bus to Puent del Viesgo. I called a taxi up from the Gran Hotel as I had not booked tickets. There is a pedestrian...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

We visited the cave today with no prebooked tickets. We arrived at 10.30, bought tickets for 3 euro and joined another 2 couples doing a tour. We always knew the tour would be in Spanish but fortunately for us the guide we had very generously...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Fascinating cave system, we felt privileged to see this ancient art in its true environment. Amazing cave paintings and hand prints from 40,000 years ago. Although the tour was in Spanish, the guide made great efforts to make sure we understood the key points. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

One of the coolest things we did during our travels in Spain! The tour, while all in Spanish, was so detailed and thorough, I really felt that I learned a lot and had quite an experience. Just amazing that we could visit these 40,000-year-old cave...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

The caves were beautiful and the paintings were fascinating. However, we could not get an English speaking tour even though we booked well in advance. I don’t think there are any. And the guide was very rude and unhelpful. He said he would speak in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fran B
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

These caves are great, but there is no way to book an English tour, our experience was that there was no English guide, so much of the explanation was lost as the guide spoke very quickly in Spanish. You can buy a book for 10...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jrh888
Reviewed 22 August 2018

We had a really nice experience in El Castillo and Monedas. We went with our children, and the guides are really nice to children and try do adapt the visit to them. The caves are well preserved and worth a visit!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank WYD_Pilgrims
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Although the cave at Altamira is more famous; it is a replica. However, the Cave of El Castillo is the real thing. Guided tours take place in small groups and it is essential to book. The cave is very beautiful and contains the famous hand...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from AdaP75 | Reviewed this property |
Between the Caves and Barcelona is Zaragoza. While we did not get to go there on our last trip, it was on our list because of all the Roman ruins there. You also have Logrono, known for wines and tapas, and I can also... More