LA ROCA DELS MOROS-EL COGUL

Camí d'El Cogul a Albagés, km 1
25331 El Cogul (Les Garrigues)


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NOTE: Please see the full schedule in the "Plan Your Visit" section.

The ticket office and entrance shut 30 minutes before closing time.

From 16 September to 28 February

Thursday to Sunday and public holidays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm / Afternoons with reservation

From 1 March to 30 June

Thursday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 4.00 to 7.00 pm

Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Summer opening hours (From 1 July to 15 September)

Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm and 5.30 to 8.00 pm

Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Tel.: 672445990
e-mail: reservescogul.acdpc@gencat.cat

 

About the site

La Roca Dels Moros-El Cogul Cave Paintings

The cave paintings at La Roca dels Moros (El Cogul, Les Garrigues) in the Set River valley are among the most notable examples of rock art in the Mediterranean Basin. The site was the first collection of prehistoric paintings scientifically documented in Catalonia and has been regarded as an archetype of prehistoric art ever since its discovery in 1908.

The paintings feature 48 human and animal figures in the Levantine and schematic styles. The most impressive element is the central scene, which stands out not only for its technical excellence but also the themes it presents. It consists of the depiction of various female figures dancing in pairs around a naked man with a disproportionately large penis and seems to be connected with a fertility cult. The scene, which is unique in rock art in the Mediterranean Basin, has drawn international attention to the paintings of La Roca dels Moros.

Most of the images were painted during the transition between the Palaeolithic and the Neolithic, a period known as the Epipalaeolithic, approximately 10,000 years ago. The Set River valley was inhabited continuously from the Palaeolithic onwards and the La Roca dels Moros rock shelter was used as a place of worship for 5,000 years. The last hunter-gatherer groups (8th-5th millennia BC) created the Levantine paintings here. The schematic human and animal figures were drawn later (5th-2nd millennia BC) by Neolithic peoples.

The rock art at La Roca dels Moros was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998.

The collection of art here also includes eleven engravings and more than 256 signs in Iberian, Roman and Latin inscriptions. The presence of these later works and their distribution across the rockface suggests that those who produced them were aware of and respected the existence of the cave paintings, a fact explained by the sacred nature of this place.

General: 4 euros
Reduced: € 2

They are entitled to the reduced rate:

People 65 years of age or older.
Pensioners.
Holders of the Youth Card.
Students with international card.
Holders of the large or single parent family card.
Non-tourist groups of 10 or more people. If any of the people have the right to free admission, continue enjoying this rate.
They have the right to gratuity:

Under 16 years old
Stop people, duly accredited.
Members accredited by ICOM (International Council of Museums) or ICOMOS (International Couincil of Monuments).
Members accredited / from the Association of Museologists of Catalonia.
Professional tourism guides, duly accredited / des.
Teachers of formal education, accredited by the management of the educational center.
Certified press professionals / since they have previously communicated their visit during the course of their work.
People with certificate of disability. The accompanying person will also have a free rate if the credit card proves that the person needs the services.
Families of welcome duly accredited.
Student groups (students of the general education system and special education with faculty), who have made a previous reservation.

Special cases:

The groups that hire the entrance through companies of tourist intermediation or similar will enjoy a discount of 25% on the applicable rate. The authorized guide / companion of the group will be exempt from paying the entrance fee.

NB. These are the current opening hours and they replace any other timetable published previously on the site’s website or on other websites, as well as in information leaflets and booklets.

The ticket office and entrance shut 30 minutes before closing time.

From 16 September to 28 February

Thursday to Sunday and public holidays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm / Afternoons with reservation

From 1 March to 30 June

Thursday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 4.00 to 7.00 pm

Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

 

EASTER WEEK OPENING TIMES (the ticket office and entrance shut 30 minutes before closing time)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 4.00 to 7.00 pm

Monday from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

 

Summer opening hours (From 1 July to 15 September)

Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm and 5.30 to 8.00 pm

Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm


 

Guided tours for groups

Guided tours for groups by prior booking

For more information or to book, call 672 445 990 (during the site’s opening hours) or email reservescogul.acdpc@gencat.cat.

The site is partly adapted for people with disabilities.

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