Rock-shelter of Arquero de los Callejones Cerrados

Location:

Is located close to the ravine of the same name. Albarracín

Phone:

978 710 262 - Albarracín Tourist Info

The mountains in the region of Albarracín are home to a rich collection of rock art belonging to the Rock Art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin. These rock art sites, which were declared a World Heritage Site in 1998, span along the Mediterranean façade, from the Pyrenees to eastern Andalucía. Levantine prehistoric rock art was created between 10000 BC and the Copper Age; i.e. around the year 4500 BC. As for schematic rock art, it was created between the years 5000 BC and 3000 BC (these art sites belong to the Metal Age).

In the mountains in the region of Albarracín, it is possible to find many shelters with many interesting paintings. There are themes taken from classic Levantine cycle (archers, hunting and gathering scenes, naturalistic depictions of animals with colour-wash, etc.) as well as motifs of Iberian schematic art (anthromorphs, zoomorphs and signs, etc.).

The rock-shelter of Abrigo del Arquero de los Callejones Cerrados is located close to the ravine of the same name. The best-preserved image of this site is the figure of an archer painted in red. The archer, who is carrying a bow, is presented in a horizontal position. As for the figure, it is such an expressive image that it has been chosen as the logo of Albarracín Parque Cultural Park. The shelter contains other human and animal figures (bulls, ibexes and horses), which are painted in a yellowish white.

Visits:

  • Albarracín offers visitors many walking opportunities. There are several marked walking paths, which take tourists close to the shelters containing cave paintings. Given the artistic value of these sites, visitors are kindly reminded of the importance of protecting and preserving the natural areas surrounding these sites.
  • Visitors may also sign up for a tour with a guide. More information can be found at this site: El Andador.
  • Additional information about general walking paths and other details is available at the tourist information office of Albarracín.

Rev. PAB 19.12.18