Cueva de La Peña

Caverna de La Peña de Candamo - Cueva del Cándamo

Useful Information

Location: San Román de Candamo. As236 Carretera de Grullos to Peñaullán.
Open: 15-JUN to 15-SEP Tue-Sun 12, 13.
Fee: free.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: A=200m asl.
Guided tours:  
Bibliography: E. Hernández Pacheco (1919): La caverna de la Peña de Candamo (Asturias), CIPP, no. 24. Madrid.
J.A. Moure (1981): Algunas consideraciones sobre el "Muro de los grabados" de San Román de Candamo (Asturias), Altamira Symposium (Madrid 1979), pp. 339-352. Madrid.
Address: Cueva de La Peña, Ayuntamiento de Candamo, Tel: +34-985-828056, Tel: +34-985-828351, Fax: +34-985-828228.
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1914 explred by E. Hernández Pacheco, assisted by J. Cabr√© and Ben'tez Mellado.


Cueva de La Peña (Cave of the Hill) is one more of the famous Prehistoric art caves, but this one is extraordinary. It is located at the westernmost end of the limestone karst area, so it is the westernmost cave available to Stone Age man. The entrance of the cave is located at the top of a steep hill called Peña de Candamo, hence the name. This is exceptional too, as all other cave art sites are located just above the present-day river course.

This cave contained no artifacts or other remains of human occupation. A small cave nearby contained a single thick layer, with abundant artifacts of Solutrean age (21,000-16,500 BP).

But the paintings of Solutrean and Magdalenian age are of great artistic importance. They show animals like horses and deer.