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DEEP -DARK - DYSTOPIAN

Cueva de Doña Trinidad

Important for its cultural and heritage legacy of the Paleolithic, it is a reference of the south of the Iberian Peninsula, due to its numerous paintings and engravings. Henri Breuil mentioned in his first description 20 animal figures in 10 different panels or sites. Today, 1,010 pictorial representations of 252 panels or different areas of the cave are known (appearing 98 representations of animals, 10 human figures and 9 handprints)

In addition to the pictorial representations, the interior of the cave has preserved numerous findings associated with its human use. They are tools carved in flint and some in bone, which were deposited or abandoned in the vicinity of Rock Art, and may have been used to engrave some of the figures


The Cave of Ardales is located on the Cerro de la Calinoria, 565 m above sea level, in the municipality of Ardales, about 50 km north of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The Cave of Ardales or Trinidad Grund was discovered in 1821 when an earthquake opened the sealed entrance for 3,500 years. Since 1823, the cave was opened to national tourism, with some references from the 19th century to the discovery of fossil human remains. Only in 1918, the famous French prehistorian Henry Breuil recognized the importance of the Cave, being the first to study the cave art of the Ardales Cave (Breuil 1921).

The Cave is a widely branched karst system that can be divided into five areas: Area I (Hall of the Sack), Area II (Hall of Stars), Area III (Galleries of the Labyrinths), Area IV (Calvary) and Area V (High Galleries

Important for its cultural and heritage legacy of the Paleolithic, it is a reference of the south of the Iberian Peninsula, due to its numerous paintings and engravings. Henri Breuil mentioned in his first description 20 animal figures in 10 different panels or sites. Today, 1,010 pictorial representations of 252 panels or different areas of the cave are known (appearing 98 representations of animals, 10 human figures and 9 handprints)

The visit

The Cave of Ardales was included in 2010 in the European Cultural Itinerary “Roads of Rock Art” by the Council of Europe. Its controlled diffusion management model and supported by a Visitor Reception Center, make it a very powerful cultural attraction within the Andalusian offer, forming part of the new concept of Scientific Tourism.

Conventional groups make a complete two-hour visit within the site, with the aim of contemplating the Paleolithic Art of the two great phases (Neanderthals and Sapiens), the different excavation areas and one of the Neolithic funerary deposits. The experience includes a visit to the Visitor Reception Center. .

Visitors to the Cave of Ardales have included a visit to the Visitor Reception Center (Avenida de Málaga, nº 1, 29550 - ARDALES, Málaga).

The information and reservations are channeled through the phones 952458046 and 609200165, or the email Patrimonio@ardales.es





The Visitor Reception Center

In 2009, the City of Ardales promoted the opening of a space to channel guided tours inside the cavity. Built at the entrance of the town center, with parking lots and gardens in its immediate surroundings, the two-story building exposes, through a concept of panels and display cabinets arranged in diachrony, the information obtained about the Prehistory of Ardales and its surroundings, as well as a selection of archaeological materials related to research projects developed during the last forty years


The entrance fee to the Visitor Reception Center to the Prehistory of Ardales is € 2. Children under 12 do not pay. It is free for customers of the Cave of Ardales.

ORGANIZE | COLLABORA
Ardales town hall. Málaga
Isabel Berrocal (responsible museum and office) 609200165;

Gerardo Anaya (responsible visit to the site) Tel: Office 952458046.
Available from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 2:30 pm


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