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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

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Address: Santillana Del Mar, 39330 , Spain
Phone Number: 942 818815
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Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

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Good Replica but not Exciting

At the museum, you get to tour a replica of the real caves. This is the main attraction. There is a short video which lasts about 5 minutes and then you funnel into the "cave... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Delmont, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

At the museum, you get to tour a replica of the real caves. This is the main attraction. There is a short video which lasts about 5 minutes and then you funnel into the "cave." There are also displays on how the excavations were done. There were many school tours there. I think they would be bored. I enjoyed the... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Just 2 kilometers from Santillana del Mar, this complex is a good introduction to prehistoric times with easy to understand displays. To preserve the original cave and it's priceless artifacts, a neo cave has been created. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit a prehistoric cave, then this is a good introduction to life in the caves in Northern... More 

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Carlton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We travelled up from Burgos to Altamira caves today. We have been to the Lascaux caves before, and the same issues apply: how public money is spent to preserve a natural wonder like this and still give maximum access to the public. I don't really know the answer. This is very well done as an educational experience for children, and... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Recreation of the caves with good imagery of what the paintings and cave life was like. A lot of good, useful information given.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A good reproduction of the prehistoric cave paintings found nearby. If you have been to the Lascaux caves in France you will be a little underwhelmed by the way the cave has been reproduced here. Also, the prehistoric art is not as good as Lascaux. The museum and visitor centre however is excellent. It has detailed exhibits of life in... More 

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I have wanted to see these caves since reading the Clan of the Cave Bear books back in the 80's. My husband told me that you can't go in to the actual cave, but that didn't deter me from visiting. It is a reproduction of the actual cave, but really well done. My biggest disappointment was not being able to... More 

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Murcia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I've been wanting to see one of the prehistoric caves in Europe and as we were close to this one, we made it part of our itinerary. I'm glad we did! My Rough Guide didn't think much of it because the cave itself is closed to visitors, but the museum provides an excellent reconstruction of one of the main chambers... More 

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The Altamira cave complex is not open to the public but the full scale recreation is fantastic and all the exhibits have english explanations - also entry was free. Santillana Del Mar also worth a visit.

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LaJolla
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The famous cave drawings located in Cantabria are worth at least a one day visit. Created more than 40,000 years ago, there are drawings in more than 40 caves in the area. The most famous, Altamira is now closed to the public, but a full scale recreation is seen at the museum on site. This should be visited first to... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

You are limited access to give you a feeling of entering a cave. A door slides open and 20 to 25 people enter to watch a brief silent movie to "prepare" you for what you will see. you then enter a reproduction of actual cave with lots of artificial lighting. along the way are small video stations that explain what... More 

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