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Cave of El Castillo

Carretera de las Cuevas, s/n, 39670 Puente Viesgo, Spain
+34 942 59 84 25
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WOW! 30,000 year-old cave paintings up close

Tips: Go to both El Castillo and Las Monedas while you are here. El Castillo has a large number... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
visitall50
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New England
Amazing access to some of the oldest cave paintings

We didn't make advance reservations, so we didn't have an English guide. Luckily, a member of our... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Deb T
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Casper, Wyoming
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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).
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Carretera de las Cuevas, s/n, 39670 Puente Viesgo, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tips: Go to both El Castillo and Las Monedas while you are here. El Castillo has a large number of amazing cave paintings from bison to deer to lots of handprints and round circles (practice? moons? so many possibilities). Las Mondedas is a living cave,...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We didn't make advance reservations, so we didn't have an English guide. Luckily, a member of our small group knew a little Spanish and helped translate. Very uncommercialized. Absolutely amazing to be in the presence of 39,000 year old cave paintings. And only 3 euros...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We had a reservation for El Castillo cave & were able to get in on a tour to Las Monedas afterward. El Castillo is a fairly extensive cave complex, and you can see animals and hand prints from 40,000 years ago. Las Monedas has less...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Monte Castillo cave in Puente Viesgo has the oldest known cave paintings in the World (40,800 years old). The visits are about 45 minutes and you are shown just a few of the many paintings the cave hosts. Wear shoes that don't slip but generally...More

3  Thank MoPortu
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Sister cave to Las Monedas. El Castillo is open for a 45 minutes guided tour, which is in Spanish. Highly recommended to book in advance since the visitor number is restricted on the tours. El Castillo offers spectacular ancient cave art. You will explore about...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This is a truly amazing tour - the guide was lovely very very informative and when she realised we were English took the time to explain each part which was very kind. These paintings are the oldest in the world and its a world heritage...More

2  Thank Sue G
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

My daughter wanted to visit the El Castillo cave to see the Paleolithic art. It was well worth the visit. When can one see what humans were up to thousands of years ago. Talk about getting in touch with one's roots! The tour was well...More

2  Thank K-Man-Jax
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Reviewed 7 June 2017

Amazing place. Guide gave information mostly in Spanish but a little explanation in English. Definitely worth going to.

1  Thank Calor
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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Tour lasts about 45 minutes. Our guide didn't give the tour in English (said they only give the tour in English for pre booked groups) but my spanish is pretty good and he spoke slowly and clearly so I could translate for our party. Good...More

3  Thank Kirsteen R
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Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We visited in November 2016, and yes you will need to book in advance even in the winter season, there are two accesses to get to the caves, if you don't mind walking over rough ground then follow the signs for El castillo, otherwise follow...More

5  Thank Discodivael
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rassors
10 May 2018|
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Response from K-Man-Jax | Reviewed this property |
I suppose you can reserve. Don't know how. You really don't need reservations unless you want an English speaking guide. The caves are not all that crowded.
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mistycat12
2 April 2018|
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Response from susanadelrivero |
probably not
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Koro
21 March 2018|
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Response from Mary H | Reviewed this property |
There aren't really any narrow passages. The caves in this complex are fairly large. I would say not claustrophobic.
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