Rock shelter of Doña Clotilde

Location:

Follow the road VF-TE-05 from Albarracín. You need to leave your car 3 km away from the site and walk 800 metres down into the ravine along a trail. 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 Doña Clotilde is an interesting Levantine ensemble that contains elements belonging to the Schematic cycle. It contains human figures, animals and plant representations (which are very rare), all of which are painted in red. These schematic representations are believed to represent a scene of food gathering or possibly a fertility scene.

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