Museo de Altamira

Santillana del Mar
Cantabria
Attractions and places of interest
Museums

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.

 

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Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.