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Visit to the cave of the Castle in Cantabria

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Inside view of the cave (c) Pedro Saura / Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Government of Cantabria

Enter a prehistoric cave Add a magical component to your trip. If in itself, the bowels of the Earth enter us into a world alien to the usual and we also add walls carved and painted by our ancestors more than 15,000 years ago, one gives a feeling of historical vertigo, an unusual smallness and a tremendous desire to understand the meaning of those messages launched by our ancestors thousands of years ago.

A few kilometers from the Cantabrian town of Puente Viesgo hide the secrets of an ancient cave that is named El Castillo.

Altamira, due to its historical significance, occupies a privileged place among the caves that exist along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. However, the Cantabria region, with its cliffs, mountains and green meadows hides a multitude of exciting caves where history and works of art that human beings are unable to perform are mixed. Indeed, although we cannot see it from above, Cantabria is a kind of emmental cheese - which is not gruyer - with an endless number of known caves and others still to be explored.

The castle cave It is one of those places where one of those particular sensations awaits us that brings us closer to the first vestiges of the human being. Going into a cave, observing cave paintings carved on the stone more than 1 year ago offers a feeling of smallness more intense than contemplating the sky on a clear moonless night. The more I approach places where the beginnings of humanity are perceived, the more I hit my head with what awaits us after death and I cannot stop asking myself questions.

Rectangular signs (c) Pedro Saura / Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Government of Cantabria

Only a couple of kilometers separate the town of Puente Viesgo from Monte del Castillo where they hide four caves with rock art in their interior cavities. All of them were declared 2008 World Heritage by UNESCO. The entrance to the cave of the Castle, the most representative of them all together with the cave of Las Monedas, is of enormous dimensions as a result of the continuous excavations that have been carried out since the beginning of the 19th century. The guide put us on archeological background and we got into the jaws of the cave. In the same entrance of the cave we find an archaeological site that goes from a whopping 12 years corresponding to the Lower Paleolithic until 4,000 a. C. already in the Copper Age. Once inside the cave we will find the majority of paintings that date between 30 and 10 thousand years old corresponding to the time of the Superior paleolithic.

Throughout the tour a guide accompanied us along the curves and narrow walls on a visit that lasted approximately 45 minutes. The entrance leaves only for 3 euros adults so there are no excuses to enter the underground and cave world of the Castle.

Negative hand (c) Pedro Saura / Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Government of Cantabria

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