Asturian Prehistoric Archaeology

Evidence of human presence in Asturias goes back to the early Palaeolithic period around 100.000BC. From a touristic point of the view some of the most appreciated evidence of this human presence is the Palaeolithic art dating from 35,000 to 4,000 B.C. Original paintings can still be seen in the spectacular caves of Tito Bustillo at Ribadesella and smaller examples in the caves of El Buxu and El Pindal. The Neo cave in Altamira (Cantabria) has very good replicate paintings, as the original paintings can no longer be visited by the general public.

In Asturias there are the remnants of various hill forts or "Castros" from the Iron Age, The Castro de Coaño is a magnificent example and well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Finally there are various tombs and dolmens in Asturias, which can be visited.
 
CAVE PAINTINGS
  • Cueva de Tito Bustillo
    Ribadesella.
    Tel 985 861120
    Normally open from Easter till 10th September.
    Visits very limited and reservation is necessary at weekends an in July and August
    Reservations by Internet:  www.tematico.princast.es/cultura/yacimientos/index.html
    Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 to 16.00
    Entrance free on Wednesdays, Shut Mondays and Tuesdays 

  • Cueva del Buxu
    Cardes, Cangas de Onis
    Tel 608 175467
    Visits very limited and reservation is necessary.
    Open Wednesday to Sunday 09.30 to 15.00
    Entrance free on Wednesdays
    Shut Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Cueva del Pindal
    Pimango, Ribadeva
    Tel 608 175284
    Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 to 14.00 and 15.30 to 19.00 

HILL FORTS

  • Castro de Coaño y Aula Didactica
    Villacondide, Coaña
    Tel 985 978401
    Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 19.00
    Entrance free on Wednesdays
    Shut Mondays 

TOMBS AND IDOLS
  • Idolo de Peña Tu
    Puerto de Vidiago, Llanes
    Tel 985 411166
    Free access all days of the year.

  • Dolmen De La Santa Cruz
    Cangas de Onis
    Tel 985 848005
    Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 18.30
    Entrance free
    Shut Mondays and Tuesdays.