Atapuerca French Way

Information about Atapuerca

Cradle of European civilisation, silent witness of history, place of epic battles, such as the one between Castilians and Navarrese in 1054, which resulted in the death of none other than King Don García of Navarre, and a place of passage for pilgrims for centuries. The small town of Atapuerca (Burgos) -which gives its name to the mountain range that shelters it in its foothills- is known worldwide for its archaeological site, home to the remains of no less than the first European inhabitant. For this reason it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. But beyond its archaeological site there are many more things to do in Atapuerca.

What to see and do in Atapuerca

Atapuerca Archaeological Site

It is one thing to have more things to do and quite another to ignore the main attraction that brings most visitors to Atapuerca.

The Atapuerca archaeological site is the main tourist attraction in the town. It is also one of the most important in the history of mankind, and unlike other sites closed to the public, this one can be visited. It is essential to do this as part of a guided tour that we will have to organize in the villages of Atapuerca or Ibeas de Juarros.

With finds dating back more than 900,000 years and the remains of what is considered to be the first settler in Europe, this visit is a unique opportunity to delve into our deepest roots and witness first-hand our own evolution as a species.

The Sierra de Atapuerca is home to both open-air sites and caves, known as the Atapuerca caves, where cave paintings have been found. Of all the paintings at Atapuerca, those from the Galería del Sílex (Flint Gallery), which date from the Bronze Age and are more than 4,000 years old, stand out.