Rock paintings of Capçanes The largest collection of rock paintings in Catalonia
The town of Capçanes, in the Priorat region, houses the largest collection of rock paintings in Catalonia. This includes a total of 19 pieces in two ravines: the Barranc de la Vall and the Barranc de Parellada. One of the most important pieces is ‘The Sacrifice’, a mural with 27 figures showing a human sacrifice, a rarity in Eastern Iberian art that makes the site a unique find.
Among the more than 150 human and animal figures depicted, a large 54-cm bull stands out. It is one of the largest registered pieces of rock art, along with three carvings of deer on the rock overhang. This is the first collection of paintings found on an overhang in Catalonia. They date from a period when rock art was not common in the region, and it may therefore be one of the oldest pieces of rock art in Catalonia.
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What can I do?
The rock paintings of Capçanes make up a unique mural of 27 pieces (La Vall II). Guided tours of the site last approximately 3 hours, and cover the rock art of the Barranc de la Vall and the Barranc de la Parellada. The first section is covered by motor vehicle and the rest is covered on foot.
Guided tours take place on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, and on other specified days. Groups can visit the space at other times with a reservation.
Children 6-12 years old: €3
Children under 6: free
Groups with a reservation (maximum 25 individuals): €175