Cave of Chufín

Rionansa, Spain

The cave of Chufín is situated at the confluence of the Lamasón and Nansa rivers. Several caves are ornamented with rock art pock the steep slopes above the water. Chufín is one of the caves included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites under the entry Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain.

In Chufín were found different levels of occupation, the oldest being around 20000 years old. The small cave has some subtle engravings and paintings of red deer, goats, and cattle, all represented very schematically.

Also found in the cave were many symbols. One group, called type 'sticks', accompanies the paintings inside animals. There are also many drawings using points (puntillaje), including one which has been interpreted as a representation of a vulva.



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Founded: 18000 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain


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NE (4 months ago)
An experience. After seeing all the guided caves that can be visited in Cantabria, this has been special, a cave that can be seen at certain times of the year because the water level does not allow it, in which only groups of 6 pass and they bring you closer to the place in car, then a one kilometer journey along a muddy path and you enter a cave with a helmet and knee pads, since you are going to enter crawling. Impressive inside, nothing like the rest and guided by Juan, who lives it and makes your visit a unique memory.
Nuria Bloesch López (11 months ago)
A cave that is worth visiting, you have to reserve tickets in advance. In our case we took them about 3 weeks before and it was at the end of August. The cave is simply spectacular, there is a section that the guide takes you by car. Then there is a path of about 20 minutes and then you reach the entrance to the cavity. And there you start to enjoy the cave.
Albici Estatico (11 months ago)
It is the meeting place with the guide to visit the chufin cave. It is only open for a short period of time between visits, so it is advisable to arrive 15 minutes in advance, as indicated when making the reservation. It is also important to make the reservation in advance via the website or telephone, so as not to miss out. wasted walk The visit takes around an hour and a half, and access is not very complex but it does require full mobility.
Sara Alvarez (11 months ago)
The cave was wonderful and Lola our guide was wonderful. A luxury within the reach of only 6 people per visit, having to enter on all fours and with a flashlight through an unexploited cave to the tourist limit and with a guide who knows so much and tells it so well. It is necessary to wear appropriate footwear (both inside the cave as well as the previous path along which you have to walk until you reach the entrance). We went with two children, ages 7 and 8, and for the 4 of us the experience was incredible.
rosa pol del rio (12 months ago)
Essential cave if you are in Cantabria, medium difficulty, 1 km of walking along the path and 10 meters of crawling in the cave but it is worth it. The guide who accompanied us was incredible, thank you very much. Opens late on Sundays and closes on Mondays.
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