× Home Family Journeys Ways of St. James
Camino del Norte shell symbol
Pasaia - San Sebastian San Sebastian Getaria Guernica Bilbao Santillana del Mar Cuevas de Altamira Unquera - Andrin Santa Maria de Lebena Oviedo Santa Maria del Naranco San Miguel de Lillo Playa de Barayo - Puerto de Vega Cathedrals beach Lugo S. Remo da Retorta - Ferreira Arzúa - Santiago Santiago de Compostela Santiago - Finisterre Finisterre
Stories / History Interesting things What's new ?
  ☰ Menu Flagge Deutsch Drapeau français British flag

The Altamira Cave, with paintings from the Stone Age, is located 2 km from Santillana del Mar. In 1879, a marquis, alerted by his five-year-old daughter, discovered the fantastic rock paintings.

The ceiling is populated by 21 bison, a hind and a wild horse. The Stone Age artists skillfully used unevenness of the rock walls to vividly depict the animals. The paintings were created over 15,000 years ago. Red, ocher and brown tones are the dominant colors. Charcoal was used for the contours and hatching.

  • IMG_5799
  • IMG_5800
  • IMG_5801
  • IMG_5802
  • IMG_5803
  • IMG_5804
  • IMG_5805
  • IMG_5806
  • IMG_5807