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Ardines Cave
Ribadesella (Eastern Asturias)
Contact Address
Avda. de Tito Bustillo. 33560 Ribadesella
902 306 600
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  • 31/01 to 30/06 and 01/09 to 31/12
    Wednesday to Friday, 10:00am-2:30pm and 3:30pm-6:00pm
    Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00am-2:30pm and 4.00pm-7:00pm
    Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
    Closed from 1st to 31st January and on 24th, 25th and 31st December

    01/07 to 31/08 
    Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00am-7:00pm
    Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
    Closed on 8th and 9th August.

    The visit is limited to a maximum of 20 people at a time.

    The visit lasts 45 minutes.

    The Tito Bustillo Centre of Cave Paintings can be visited at no extra cost.

A reference in cave art of outstanding significance in terms of heritage, near Tito Bustillo Cave.

The so-called "Cuevona de Ardines" forms part of the Tito Bustillo Cave System and possibly once provided access to the eastern sector of Tito Bustillo Cave. However, a landslide occurred thousands of years ago blocking the connection between the two caves. The main cavern of the "Big Cave" is circular with a diameter of about eighty metres, with conical walls whose apex is jagged, letting in natural light from a height of 70 metres.

It stands out for the size of its large main chamber, where the ceiling reaches a height of 40 metres, now pierced by a natural hole that allows daylight to enter. For its beauty and spectacular nature, enhanced by the aforementioned skylight, the cavern has been known about since ancient times and was explored archaeologically very early on. The excavations carried out in Ardines Cave in the late 19th century were among the first of their kind in the Cantabrian region.

Ardines Cave