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Altamira Caves

  • Av. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola s/n Map It
  • Santillana del Mar

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

These world-famous caves, 3 km (2 miles) southwest of Santillana del Mar, have been called the Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art for the beauty of their drawings, believed to be some 20,000 years old. First uncovered in 1875, the caves are a testament to early mankind's admiration of beauty and surprising technical skill in representing it, especially in the use of rock forms to accentuate perspective. There's a lottery system for tickets to enter the caves, and only a small number of visitors are allowed in each month—but the reproduction in the museum is open to all.

Sight Information


Museo de Altamira, Av. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola s/n, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, 39330, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • €3 (free Sat. afternoon and Sun.)

Published 08/18/2015


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