Visit Puente Viesgo
Puente Viesgo is in the province of Cantabria in the Asturias and Cantabria region of Spain.
Puente Viesgo is home to some fantastic caves and is a popular spa.
Explore Puente Viesgo, Spain
Puente Viesgo has four sets of prehistoric caves, two of which are open to the public, though numbers are limited so book in advance.
The Las Monedas caves and the El Castillo caves are wonderful. Filled with stalagmites and stalactites and also some excellent pre-historic paintings. The paintings are of animals including horses and bison and there are 50 hand prints which, rather bizarrely are almost all of the left hand. There is also a visitor centre with computer based 360° views of all four caves.
Puente Viesgo itself is in a fabulous location in a river gorge surrounded by forests. It is also home to a natural spring.
The El Castillo Cave
The El Castillo Cave is open most days of the year except Mondays and Tuesdays (only closed Mondays in peak season). The cave costs 3 euros to visit and a visit lasts about 45 minutes.
In the El Castillo mountain is a labyrinth of caves which were frequented by pre-historic man. Inside are many cave drawings and paintings which have greatly contributed to our understanding of pre-historic man. The oldest paleolithic painting in the world is contained in this cave system and dates back at least 40 800 years.
All in all there are over 275 different figures. As well as animals such as horses, bison, aurochs and goats there are human representations - usually hands of which there are more than 50 in the caves. There are also many symbols drawn on the walls.
The Las Monedas cave
The Las Monedas cave is less than a kilometer away from the more famous El Castillo cave. It is open virtually every day of the year except Mondays and Tuesdays (open Tuesdays in peak season) and costs only about 3 euros.
Most of the cave contains lovely displays of stalactites and stalagmites and with columns and hanging terraces and a mix of colours due to the mineral content of the rock above.
There is a small grotto with some pre-historic cave drawings all in the same style and so probably all carried out at about the same time. There are about 17 black stenciled drawings of a number of different animals including horses, reindeer, goats and bison. The drawings are thought to date to about 10000 BC.
Places to Visit nearby
Of course if you like caves then the nearby Altamira caves are a must. These are one of the best caves for pre-historic paintings in the world. Next to these is the delightful seaside town of Santillana del Mar.
Map of Puente Viesgo and places to visit
Puente Viesgo places to visit
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