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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

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Address: Santillana Del Mar, 39330 , Spain
Phone Number: +34 942 81 88 15
09:30 - 20:00
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Sun 09:30 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 20:00

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opened my eyes - so glad I came!

I almost didn't come when I realised you can't visit the real cave which is closed off the protect the real paintings. However the purpose built cave is excellent, the ceiling... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I almost didn't come when I realised you can't visit the real cave which is closed off the protect the real paintings. However the purpose built cave is excellent, the ceiling really does demonstrate what the paintings are like and I learned a lot - the paintings are bigger than I thought and they use the shape of the cave... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Altamira was considered a hoax when it was first discovered in 1880. It is now known to contain some of the finest examples of Paleolithic Art. I highly recommend this cave reproduction. I was traveling with one person who needed a cane to get around and he had no trouble navigating. This is one of the advantages of a reproduction.

Thank dapaze
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is a fake cave. It was mid October, I didn't book and as there is no limit on entrance numbers I had no problem getting tickets and going straight in. From the size of the large car park I expect it is very crowded in the summer. The reproduced bison, horse and deer in the ceiling are probably the... More 

Thank MrsKetchup
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The museum's theme is not about authenticity, but offering essential information about this remarkable early human artistic production to the general public (at 3 Euros a ticket). The replica of cave's ceiling is showing a number of graphic works which appeared to me less vivid than images found on the internet. Surprisingly, the floor of the cave space, although smooth... More 

Thank myoptix
Dun-le-Palestel, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The original caves are not now open (to preserve them from decay); but there is an exact replica that's well worth visiting. The cost is minimal (free for over 65 years) and great value. It's amazing to think the some 35000 years ago, the earliest known Europeans were walking about herre going about their lives. The museum depicts their early... More 

Thank WildeOscar
Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Such an interesting museum to visit, it didn't feel like some of the dull museums that you can get - it was well set out, interesting, informative, creative and the children there seemed to enjoy it a lot too. You walk through a replica of the famous caves where there are paintings on the walls. Interactive areas, spacious and friendly... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Ok visit, since it was free on the day we went there. The displays were pretty nice, but I would not pay to see a fake cave. There are other really nice real caves in the region, so I recommend them instead.

Thank Harry833
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Whilst visiting Santillana Del Mar, a most enchanting well preserved middle-age village in Cantabria, when I found out about the nearby Cuevas de Altamira. Or though the authentic caves are closed to the general public (except a chosen few) the replica housed in the nearby museum exposition is the next best thing. One has to use one’s imagination to get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Our visit to Altamira was truly memorable for two main reasons - firstly, the quality and value of the 12 euro Menu Del Dia meal we had in the cafe/restaurant - absolutely delicious - it was home cooking at its very finest and, I would hazard a guess, is a bit of an undiscovered treasure. Lentils, pasta and fried chicken... More 

Thank FlyngScpn
Penarth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Unless you are staying very close; do not bother!!! My Son was insistent on us visiting, so I travelled 142 miles (a two and half hour journey). I should have checked the reviews myself. TOTAL FAKE!!! The cave feels like something from a cheap theme park. The real cave is not open to the public. I felt totally let down.

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