Cueva de Santimamiñe

Santimamiñeko Kobazuloa - Santimamiñe Cave

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Location: Kortezubi, Gernika, Euskadi (Basque Country). Follow signs to Gernika and the Santimamiñe Basilica. Parking on the big parking lot of the church.
Open: Mon-Sun 10-13:30, 15-19.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (6-16) EUR 2, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 3.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave ArchaeologyPainted Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: VR=150 m, A=150 m a.s.l., T=12 °C,
Guided tours: D=90 min.
Bibliography: M.J. Ramirez, R. Ruiz Idarraga (1986): El material cerámico de la Cueva de Santimamiñe, Gernika. Kobie v.XV pp. 7-33. (Español - Spanish)
R. Ruiz Idarraga (1987): Avance al estudio del nivel VIII de la Cueva de Santimamiñe, Kobie v.XVI pp. 133-142. (Español - Spanish)
Address: Booking: Tel: 944651657, Tel: 944651660. E-mail: contact
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1925 cave art published by T. Aranzadi, J. M. Barandiaran and E. Eguren.
13-AUG-2008 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The Cueva de Santimamiñe contains cave paintings from the Magdalènien, about 13,000 years old. Almost fifty animal figures painted on the cave walls show bisons, bears, deer, and wild boars. The cave is located on the southern flank of a hill named Ereñozar (448 m asl), above the church named Santimamiñe Basilica.

The trail leads uphill from the meeting point at the ticket office to the cave entrance. The place has a nice lookout which was obviously also important to the hunters of the Stone Age. Then the cave is entered. The entrance room is the place of an ongoing archaeological excavation. The rooms with the paintings can not be visited in order to protect them.

The tour returns to the ticket office where a projection room offers a 3D virtual tour of the cave paintings. The cave was surveyed in 3D and the paintings projected on the model. The work was done by a local computer company named

A track is starting at the cave, leading to one of the magical places of the Basque Country. The Oma Forest is called an animated forest, many of the pine trees were painted by the artist Agustín Ibarrola. The paintings show human figures or eyes and resemble graffitti or the works ofKeith Haring. The trail leads to the top of the hill where the church San Miguel de Ereñozar offers a great view.