Visiting the Altamira Caves

The Altamira Caves is one of the most recommended places to visit if you are in Cantabria. The famous Altamira Museum is located in Santillana del Mar about 20 minutes drive from La casa de Gándara Hostel.

It should be emphasized that it was not always possible to visit the Altamira caves, even being this the first place to identify the cave paintings it was kept closed since 2002, but everything changed in 2014 when it was possible to visit again what was known as the Sistine Chapel of cave art.

Of course today you can visit the museum, it is necessary to visit places like these after the pandemic, not only fill us with knowledge, but it is perfect to visit with the youngest, to know cave paintings with thousands of years is always a good experience.

museum and caves of altamira
altamira neocave

What is and has been the importance of the Altamira Cave?

Not many understand the importance and influence that these cave paintings of Altamira have had on society, not only for historians and prehistoric studies.

A clear example of the influence that goes beyond is that of the art world, where the Altamira paintings gave such a boost to the inauguration of the Altamira School of modern painting that even Picasso himself proclaimed that after Altamira everything seemed to go downhill.

However, the cave has not only inspired painters, it has also inspired musicians like the band Steely Dan, or poets like Rafael Alberti who wrote a poem in which he describes the sensations generated by his visit to Altamira.

Even, in 2018 the Google company made a tribute to the cave with one of its Doodles about the Altamira bison that could be seen of course in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.

altamira bison
altamira bison

Looking for hostels in Cantabria near the cave?

If you are looking for hostels in Cantabria close to the caves, you have the option to stay at La casa de Gándara hostel in the village of Llanos de Penagos with approximately 100 inhabitants and located about 20 minutes drive from the caves of Altamira.

The casona was built in the 17th century and recently restored in order to receive large groups of people, it is a well equipped casona with a bathroom in each of the rooms so you don’t have to worry about sharing.

There are 14 rooms that can accommodate 2, 4, 6 and up to 8 people. The lodge has a vast green area, about 6 thousand square meters where you can walk around and enjoy the moment, perfect for those looking to get some fresh air after a tough pandemic.

In addition to serving as accommodation for your next visit to the Altamira cave paintings, you can also host parties and events in the hostel, which is a spacious and comfortable environment for children and adults.

Do not hesitate to contact us to give you all the details about our hostel, we will be happy to welcome you in our facilities.