Siega Verde is an archaeological site in Serranillo, Villar de la Yegua. It was joined to the Côa Valley Paleolithic Art site in the World Heritage List in 2010.

The site consists of a series of rock carvings, discovered in 1988 by professors Manuel Santoja, during an inventory campaign of archaeological sites in the valley of the Águeda river. Subjects include equids, aurochs, deer and goats, among the most common ones, as well as bison, reindeer and the woolly rhinoceros, which were not yet extinct at the time.

The engravings date to the Gravettian culture of the Upper Palaeolithic (circa 20,000 years ago). There are also more recent, anthropomorphic representations, dating to the Magdalenian age (c. 9,000 years ago). There is a total of 91 panels, spanning some 1 kilometers of rock.



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


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Oscar Mate (5 months ago)
Possibly the best rural house I have ever been to. It is to see it, a wonder. It has everything, and for all ages. But above all the barbecue, the living room and the garden are amazing. And the rooms, they do not lack detail. And a garage to put seven cars. A luxury.
Fuga JJ (6 months ago)
A well assembled house and ideal for children. But, a few, let's not forget that it is a 4-star accommodation and I write the following without intending to offend and if to try to build and help, my opinion: It lacks maintenance, a feeling of abandonment, it seems that since it was built it has not been touched. Inside you need a deep cleaning and replace small details (burned light bulbs, kitchenware). There was no information about the area, they usually have pamphlets of places of interest and what can be visited. We were very surprised that nobody asked us for a document to register, what's more, the owner didn't even show up, he left a relative in charge to receive us, we left without an invoice and with the feeling of quite neglect
CELSA Aaa (10 months ago)
He told us that if we couldn't go he would save us the deposit for another weekend (he never told us about deadlines). We warned almost 1 month in advance that we had to change dates, and he kept the deposit. He is a person with whom you cannot speak or reason, he only knows how to give voices. The only option we were left with was to submit a Claims sheet. Therefore, EYE
Javier Gonzalez (10 months ago)
In general very happy with the house. It could be cleaner, but it was pretty good. Huge room, ideal for large groups with or without children.
Pedro Moreno Cazorla (16 months ago)
The owner is not in an assertive disposition to receive clients.
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