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Did you know that... the cave of Cullalvera

 

It is located in the town of Ramales de la Victoria, at the foot of Mount Pando and only two kilometres from the visitable cave of Covalanas. In the cave of Cullalvera there are indications that it was already occupied in the Upper Palaeolithic, although the deepest group of its cave paintings are from the Magdalenian for more or less 13500 years. Although the cave has been known since ancient times due to its large size, it was in 1903 when Lorenzo Sierra discovered the first prehistoric remains, and it was not until 1954 that his cave paintings began to be discovered. The action of water and time on the rock have been the architects of this exceptional and grandiose cave. With more than sixteen kilometres of route and heights exceeding thirty metres, without forgetting its great width, it does not stand out for its cave paintings in itself, but rather for being the one with the deepest or hidden ones, which is why these paintings are not visitable. Cullalvera, which forms part of a group of caves with prehistoric remains, surprises the visitor at first with a fresh current of air that envelops him as he approaches his grandiose entrance.

 

Access to the Cavern of Cullalvera. Image donated by Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria. ©Miguel de Arriba/SRECD

Image donated by Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria. ©Miguel de Arriba/SRECD

 

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 To discover What to see in the cave of Cullalvera ?

 

The visit takes place through a catwalk that, along the way lets you enjoy the immensity of this cavity while a true spectacle of light and sound while dancing the water, immerses you in a magical world while telling us about its long history, from prehistory to the most recent. The cave's cave art cannot be visited because it is quite deep and the water currents are very active inside the cave, when it rains the cavity seems to be an emergence from which the water flows vigorously. About 700 meters from the entrance mouth in a kind of side room there is a panel with paintings, signs and symbols, red and black, about three hundred meters inside in a panel at the top, you can see, in black, beautiful horses of large size and further still, a series of small red dots. We are in the deepest cave manifestation of all Cantabria. 

 

Interior of the Cave. Image donated by Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria. ©Miguel de Arriba/SRECD

Image donated by Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria. ©Miguel de Arriba/SRECD

 

Curiosities

 

The cave of Cullalvera has always been a refuge for man and his actions, from the time they left their mark on paintings and signs in prehistoric times until, during the Civil War, it was used as a garage and as the centre of the vehicle fleet.

 

Useful information for visiting the cave of Cullalvera

 

  • The visit to the cave of Cullalvera lasts approximately 45 minutes.
  • The route is perfectly conditioned although due to the humidity of the interior and the type of footbridges, flat and comfortable footwear is recommended, as well as warm clothing, as the interior temperature of the cave is about ten degrees.
  • It is advisable to book in advance, for this and for further information can be done on the website is:​ cuevas.culturadecantabria.com or on the telephone number 942 598 425
  • The ticket is collected at the box office at the entrance to the cave at least 15 minutes before the visit.

 

Rock painting. Image donated by Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria. ©Miguel de Arriba/SRECD

Image donated by Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria. ©Miguel de Arriba/SRECD

 

The Legend

 

The environment of the Cullalvera cave is in itself a magical space where a large entrance mouth emerges from a leafy holm oak grove as if inviting you to delve into the bowels of the earth and discover ancestral stories, traces of a past.

 

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Get to Ramales de la Victoria

 

Ramales de la Victoria is reached by the national road N-629 that joins it on one side with Limpias, Ampuero and Colindres where the A-8 Bilbao-Santander motorway passes. On the other side, the N-629 connects it with Medina de Pomar and Trespaderne. Ramales de la Victoria is also reached by the C-216 road that goes up part of the river Asón and reaches Solares. Ramales de la Victoria has a bus service that makes the journey Ramales-Laredo. In Gibaja, a town in the municipality of Ramales de la Victoria, there is a FEVE train station that covers the Santander-Bilbao line.​

 

Once there

 

In the heart of the national park, on its way through Ramales de la Victoria, more specifically in the vicinity of the town hall, you will find signs indicating the streets leading to the cave of Cullalvera. The beginning of the walk that leads to the entrance of the cave is located on the outskirts of the town, at the end of General Espartero street. It is advisable to park our vehicle in the town centre as there are no car parks in the area near the promenade. At the end of the walk that leads to the mouth of the cave is the point of attention to the visitor.

 

 

 


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