Cave Art and Pasiego Valleys

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Day trip to visit the famous caves with rock art of Monte Castillo and
discover the best landscapes of the Valles Pasiegos

  • Visit the Cave of El Castillo or Cave of the Hands

  • Visit the cave of Las Monedas

  • Walk around Puente Viesgo and Vega de Pas

  • Love the panoramic views that this area gives you

  • Learn what life was like for the Pasiegos in the visit to the Ethnographic Museum of the Tres Villas Pasiegas

  • When: THURSDAY 9:30 am

  • Duration: 8.5 h

  • Pick-up points: at your Hotel in Santander or at the Old Havana Pavilion in Torrelavega.

  • Languages: Spanish, English, Italian

€ 92 pers.


On this tour, you will visit the famous Caves of “El Castillo” and “Las Monedas”, both World Heritage Sites by UNESCO since 2008 for their cave paintings. The paintings in the El Castillo Cave are considered among the oldest preserved in the world. If you like rock art, this is a mandatory visit if you come to Cantabria as you will visit an authentic cave with paintings from the Paleolithic. You will be surprised by the legacy that our ancestors left us thousands of years ago.

Our next stop will be to take a walk through the town of Puente Viesgo and enjoy the views over the Pas river. We will also take the opportunity to eat in the area at a local restaurant.

Then we will continue our tour doing a scenic drive around the Pasiego Valleys crossing valleys, rivers, and mountains until we reach the Mountain Pass of Estacas de Trueba. The landscape on our way is spectacular and will not leave you indifferent. This route will culminate when you reach the waterfall that forms the source of the Yera River.

Afterward, we will go to Vega de Pas, a small town between the mountains and known for being one of the authentic pasiego villages. There we will stop to visit the Ethnographic Museum of the Tres Villas Pasiegas. A visit to this museum is essential to understand how the Pasiegos used to live.

Returning our way back to Santander, we will make the last short-stop to enjoy the magnificent views over the Cantabrian Mountains offered by the Mirador de la Braguía.

  • Tour leader/ driver

  • Pick up/drop off at your hotel in Santander

  • Private transportation in Minivan

  • Entrance fee to El Castillo cave.

  • Entrance fee to Las Monedas cave.

  • Entrance fee to the ethnological Museum of the Pasiego Villas

  • Lunch Menu

  • Liability insurance

  • Taxes

  • Warm clothes for visiting the caves
  • Comfortable non-slip footwear

The final confirmation of this reservation is subject to the availability of tickets to visit the caves.

This is a recommended excursion for all ages, but not for people with mobility problems

You must be at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before departure time.

For the excursion to take place, there must be a minimum of 2 registered. The company reserves the right to cancel the trip if the group does not reach the minimum number of participants or if the weather conditions are not favorable. In such case, you would be given the option of a full refund or change of tour date.

For groups of at least 4 people we can do this excursion on other days outside the program (only from 11/15 to 06/15). Always subject to availability and keeping the tour open to other reservations.

If you want to book this tour as a private tour, please contact us so we can make you a proposal. Private tours give you the possibility to choose the date of the tour, the place / time of pick-up as well as to make modifications to the initial program (eg combine it with the visit to the Altamira Museum).

You can cancel this reservation free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the tour.

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