At the edge of the river Pas, passing through Puente Viesgo, rises the Monte Castillo, a cone-shaped limestone elevation hiding inside a maze of caves frequented by humans for at least the past 150,000 years.

LOCATION
Monte del Castillo, Puente Viesgo

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RULES OF VISITS
The cave is open all year round guide service counting. The tour lasts 45 minutes. It is performed in groups of 15 people from 1 January to 14 June and 15 September to 31 December, in groups of 13 persons from 15 June to 14 September.
SCHEDULE
During the months of January, February, November and December, Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 to 15:00 h. From 1 March to 14 June and from September 15 to October 31, Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 14:30 pm and from 15:30 to 18:00 h. From 15 June to 14 September every day of the week from 9.30 am to 20.00 pm
SERVICES
– Point of care to visitors
– Car and bus
– Guided tour
– Interpretation Center
– Shop
– Toilet

ACCESS

Access by car: from the center of the town of Puente Viesgo, adjacent to the beach of the town in the district of La Llana, take a road leading to Monte de El Castillo. After about 1.4 km. Parking is reached. From there you can access on foot to the Interpretation Center and the cavities.
Access on foot: from the center of the town of Puente Viesgo, adjacent to the beach of the town in the district of La Llana, take the path PR-S17. After walking about 25 minutes you get to the Interpretation Center and the cavities.


DESCRIPTION

At the edge of the river Pas, passing through Puente Viesgo, rises the Monte Castillo, a cone-shaped limestone elevation hiding inside a maze of caves frequented by humans for at least the past 150,000 years.
These caves, five of which were manifestations Paleolithic cave highlights of El Castillo, discovered by H. Alcalde del Río in 1903 and the subject of numerous archaeological scientists whose results are reference for understanding human development and behavior during prehistory in southwestern Europe.

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Its stratigraphic deposit, about 20 meters of power located in the outer zone as a shelter, contains evidence of human occupation. Thanks to its archaeological record may have knowledge of environmental conditions, flora and fauna, human anatomy, technology development, economic activities and social behavior and symbolic of the past 150,000 years. Homo Neanderthal and Homo sapiens, glacial and interglacial periods, wildlife and cold temperate fauna, organization of hunting, of planning in the exploitation and use of natural resources, technical work processes of bone, stone and antler, the ornaments as decorative elements and social use of the media sets as forms of artistic expression and social cohesion, and a long talk so their sediments and materials are housed in them.
The cavity contains one of the most unique and important sets of Prehistory of Europe, a reference to history. Its more than 275 figures, each corresponding to the dawn of the presence of Homo sapiens in Europe, represent a subway ride through the origins of symbolic thought, the abstract mind and artistic expression.
The walls of the nearly 275 meters to the visitor crosses, and in which are scattered most of the performances, exemplify the techniques, themes and graphic resources that artists of the Upper Paleolithic (36.000-10.000 BC) used for express a part of their mentality.
Horses, bison, deer, aurochs, deer, goats, a mammoth, etc., form the cast figurative animal, representing a varied bestiary of the animals that coexisted with man. References to the human figure are numerous, but abbreviated, as expressed by the hand, a special reason in this cave because of their large number, more than 50.

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The signs, geometric shapes or abstractions, are abundant. They emphasize the point cloud calls and rectangular shapes, many of them complex in its composition due to internal cleavages and fillings.
Drawings and paintings red, black and yellow (the color was applied using different solutions: brush, finger, airbrush, etc..) Recorded (in its different versions depending on the features of the grooves) and at least two associated simple painting sculpture show a different cast technician.
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