Cave art in the Region of Valencia

Publishing date 3/11/2017

The rupestrian painting is one of the first creative expressions of Humanity: in the absence of proper canvas, the walls of the caves were used to reflect the artistic realizations.
Cave art in the Region of Valencia

Like a gift travelling in time, you can still today contemplate these paintings where animal and human hunting are represented, some of which are more than 40.000 years old!


All over Spain, you can find some 700 rupestrian paintings, 302 of which are in the Region of Valencia, one more reason to visit our land. If you want to enjoy this part of the history of Human Beings, today we will recommend you the best places with samples of rupestrian art in our region.


We can differentiate 3 types of rupestrian painting in the Iberian Peninsula: the Palaeolithic art, the art Levantino and the schematic art.


The Palaeolithic Art is the most ancient of the three (dated between 40 000 and   10 000 years BC.). It included almost only animal representations, there are not complete human figures but only some drawings of hands, and it is usually located inside caves and deep grottos.

Where can you find examples of Art Palaeolithic in the Region of Valencia? There are only 3 places where to enjoy this art, two in the region of the Safor and another one in Requena.


The Art Levantino is dated from between 6 000 and 4 000 years BC. It is the modality of rupestrian art in which man is the main character. For the first time the human figure appears in the paintings, often hunting animals like deer and bovine or dancing and fighting.

Where can we find examples of Art Levantino in the Region of Valencia? Unlike the previous, there are a lot of samples of Art Levantino all over the Region. The best examples are the ones in the Valley of Cofrentes-Ayora and in the region of the Canal de Navarrés, being the zone of the Macizo del Caroig one of the places which preserves more samples of Art Levantino. Some of the fantastic locations to discover true treasures are the “Cave of les Alcusses”, the “Abrigo de la Penya”, the “Abrigo de Gontrán” and the “Barranco de la Valltorta”. Highly advisable is the Museo de la Valltorta, from where guided visit to discover the zone depart. Another very interesting place is Bicorp, where you can visit “the Cave of the Spider” and the “Abrigo del Barranco Moreno”.


The Schematic Art is the most modern from the three (between 4 000 and 1 000 years BC.); it is characterized by a clear change in the representations: the first abstract drawings appear and the human figures and those of animals are much more simplified, more synthetic.

Where can you find examples of Schematic Art in the Region of Valencia? Some of the best examples from this style can be seen in the “Abrigo del Barranc del Bosquet”.

As you see, the Region of Valencia is a perfect destination to dig in the past of Humanity and become enchanted by the rupestrian art!

Other details: Comunitat Valenciana

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