Museo de Altamira

Santillana del Mar

Situated on the top of a hill in pretty countryside, the Museum of Altamira is a centre for the preservation, study and dissemination of the Altamira caves and their works of prehistoric art. Created in the Upper Paleolithic period around 14,500 years ago, these paintings are some of the best preserved in the world but due to the damage caused by the carbon dioxide in human breath, they are no longer accessible to the public. However, the Neocave in the museum is a brillaint reconstruction of the cave and there is also a permanent exhibition on the 'Times of Altamira' with over 400 objects of the Upper Paleolithic period on display that include finds from other caves in Cantabria.


Places to visit nearby

Often considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, Santillana del Mar is a medieval town of stunning architecture 

A picturesque town on Cantabria's coast with wonderful beaches, a pretty Old Town and an astounding backdrop in the Picos de Europa mountains.

Santander, the capital of Cantabria, is an elegant city stretched across a wide bay with many stunning beaches.

Nearby attractions

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