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The cave, located a few kilometres from the village of Ardales, was discovered in 1821 and contains many wall paintings from the Solutrian Period (20,000 years BC) of various animals and people. The cave is sometimes known as the Cueva de Doña Trinidad or de la Calinoria. It is not possible to enter the cave uaccompanied, too many people have got lost. The normal guide speaks a bit of English but most of the commentary is Spanish. It measures a kilometre and a half in length inside, and there are various sections known as the Salas (or rooms in Spanish) among these are Gran Sala, the Sala del Lago, the Galería del Espolón, the Galería de los Grabados and the Sala de las Manos. There are columned tunnels, lakes and massive stalactites and stalagmites all round, and you can get much closer than normal in these situations. The caves are most famous for some well-preserved drawings and paintings from the Upper Palaeolithic period, about 20,000 years ago, although the guide can often see more than is obvious in these. The most iconic is the Gran Cierva en Negro (the Big Deer in Black) or the Ardales Deer, painted in black with a large red spot where the heart would be. Other images show more deer, goats and fish.
There is a website (Spanish only) at http://www.cuevadeardales.com/ which has more information about the caves.
For appointment to visit or more details, contact us (we do not charge any kind of commission for this) or call (0034) 952 45 80 87, but you will need to be able to speak Spanish.