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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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Interesting and good value but very rude reception staff member

Went on 23 June with wife and two friends. Remarkably, only 3 euros entry. Replica caves, so lack excitement of seeing real thing, but interesting enough. Was pointed by his... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Saxmundham, United Kingdom
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Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I was very excited to visit the re-construction of this cave. They have done a fantastic job of re-creating the real cave here. They have faithfully copied the art and environment in order to allow the visitor to experience the beauty of the monument. I hope that everyone understands what a delicate balance there is between appreciating the discovery of... More 

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Saxmundham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Went on 23 June with wife and two friends. Remarkably, only 3 euros entry. Replica caves, so lack excitement of seeing real thing, but interesting enough. Was pointed by his colleague to a staff member who spoke English, but met incredible rudeness. While speaking perfect English and ignoring my apology for not speaking much Spanish, he boasted of speaking both... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

If in Cantabria you should not miss this opportunity to learn more about the history of mankind. The exhibition is very pedagogic and all findings clearly explained. The cave paintings is breathtaking beautiful, and one cannot but agree in Picassos famous statement: After Altamira there is only decadence!

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Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

If visitors are going to take a trip to see the beautiful old town of Santillana Del Mar, they should leave time to take in the caves at Museo de Altamira. I expect that most coach tours will include both but for independent travellers the caves are a pleasant 2km walk from the Old town. If you are going in... More 

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Delmont, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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Additional Information about Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

Address: Santillana Del Mar, 39330, Spain
Phone Number: 942 818815
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Cantabria
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

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