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Caves in Atapuerca Mountains, Spain

From series “The most interesting UNESCO sites in Spain”
The Sierra de Atapuerca archaeological area is located near the Spanish city of Burgos. The ancient cave is its central feature. Unique artifacts were discovered by researchers in it. They belong to different historical periods. They allowed finding answers to many questions related to the process of human evolution. A detailed report on the exploration of the Great Cave was published as early as 1858. It is called the Cave of Bones today.

The Sierra de Atapuerca was discovered by accident, like many other outstanding archaeological sites on earth. Large deposits of coal were discovered in this area in the 19th century. It was necessary to build a new railway for active mining. It was necessary to cut tunnels for the road right in the rocks because of the mountainous terrain of the area. It was then that one of the first caves with unique paleontological artifacts was discovered.

Scientists discovered the remains of ancient people while exploring caves. They lived on our planet more than a million years ago. Stone tools were also found in the cave. Both the most primitive and more advanced tools dating back to the Bronze Age were among them. Artifacts found in the cave are actively used for a variety of research today. Research is ongoing in the cave today. The prehistoric quarry was one of the last finds. Limestone has been mined there for hundreds of years. In addition to ancient fossils, a mural was also discovered in the cave. Dating of many of the detected images remains impossible. Next - Palmeral of Elche

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ATM bankomat: 'Cajero automático BANCO POPULAR ESPAÑOL' located in 9 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Iav Global Sl' is located in 6.6 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Beroil' in 3.91 km
Supermarket: 'El Alquimista de Agés' in 6.27 km
Parking: 'Autobuses Urbanos' in 8 km
Apotheek: 'Cristina Rojo Escudero' in 6.23 km
Police station: 'MasterD Burgos' in 9 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Bocateria San Miguel' in 0.64 km
Railway station: 'Villafría' in 5.73 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Burgos Airport RGS - in 5 km
 »  Vitoria Airport VIT - in 89 km
 »  Agoncillo Airport RJL - in 102 km
 »  Bilbao Airport BIO - in 117 km
 »  Santander Airport SDR - in 120 km
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Best hotels near Caves in Atapuerca Mountains

Hotel Camino de Santiago

Located in 2 km from Caves in Atapuerca Mountains
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Rooms: 40
The Camino de Santiago is located in the quiet, residential area of Los Tomillares along the famous pilgrim route which the hotel is named after. … More: photo, rates and booking
Ciudad de Burgos

Located in 3 km from Caves in Atapuerca Mountains
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Rooms: 126
Rooms at the Hotel Ciudad de Burgos come with a 26-inch flat-screen satellite TV. They are all exterior-facing and air conditioned. Historic Burgos, … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Buenos Aires

Located in 5 km from Caves in Atapuerca Mountains
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Rooms: 87
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria at Buenos Aires Hotel. Guests can enjoy traditional cuisine made with local produce for lunch and dinner in the … More: photo, rates and booking
Las Vegas

Located in 6 km from Caves in Atapuerca Mountains
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Rooms: 78
The hotel offers good accommodation and friendly and professional service. Located along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage footpath as well as … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Catedral de Burgos
12 km - Catedral de Burgos
The beautiful Burgos Cathedral is considered one of the most important architectural attractions in Spain. It was founded in 1221. It is a striking example of classic Spanish Gothic. The construction of this magnificent cathedral began by order of King Ferdinand III. A …
Cueva de El Castillo
109 km - Cueva de El Castillo
The unique cave Cueva de El Castillo was found in Cantabria, Spain. For a long period of time the cave didn’t attract modern people. The cave’s entrance was so small that the only possible way to get there was on the hands and knees. There were found one of the …
Guggenheim Museum
113 km - Guggenheim Museum
In the Spanish city of Bilbao is one of the most remarkable buildings in the world, the site of the world famous Guggenheim Museum. The huge building of the abstract form was built on the banks of the Nervión River and preserves the valuable collection of the works of …
Department of Health of Basque Lands
116 km - Department of Health of Basque Lands
A unique building of asymmetric form you can see in the Spanish city, Bilbao. This architectural masterpiece looks very good in the city but it is quite hard to imagine how this project could be materialized. In Bilbao design of all new houses is strictly regulated. …
Mundaka Beach
135 km - Mundaka Beach
Mundaka Beach is the perfect place to surf in Spain. It is located in the northern part of the country. This beach is the only one in Europe where there is a so-called "left wave". The picturesque stretch of coast is easily accessible. It is suitable for surfers of …
Ladder Gastelugache
136 km - Ladder Gastelugache
Not far from the coast of the Gulf of Biscay is a tiny island of San Juan de Gastelugache, which is very popular with nature lovers and amateurs of quiet rest. One of the main attractions of the islet is the Gastelugache staircase, it is laid over a complex hilly …

Top destination around Caves in Atapuerca Mountains - Burgos

The Gothic Cathedral is a beautiful landmark of the city. It took three centuries to build it. The shape is the building is reminiscent of a Latin cross. The building’s length is eighty-four meters, and its width is fifty meters. The main portal of the cathedral is situated in the west part of the building. It is called in the name of Our Lady. There are also several naves, one of which is central.

Virgin Mary is very popular in Burgos, so all icons in the cathedral are dedicated to her. Local people regularly visit the cathedral to pray to Our Lady. The southern part of the church has the sacred gate with a statue of Jesus Christ and the angels surrounding him. The gate with twelve apostles decorates the northern part of the cathedral. The cathedral exhibits a famous artifact, the sword of El Cid, a popular national hero.
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