Prádena, located on the slopes of Somosierra, will allow you to enjoy some ancient vestiges such as the "Church of San Martín de Tours", the Hermitage of San Roque or the Cave of the Enebralejos.
Cave of the Enebralejos
This natural cavity was part of a settlement of the first moments of the Bronze Age, which was located on the hill where the mouth of the grotto currently opens. Little is left of the structures of the town, whose material remains speak of being occupied by a human group that based its economy on agriculture and livestock and knew the metallurgy of copper. The cave was used as a cemetery by the inhabitants of this town, approximately between 2.100 and 1.800 aC, according to 14 Carbon analyzes. The burials were made on the floor of the cave, accompanied by a trousseau of ceramic vessels, bone objects and food offerings.
In addition, there are numerous areas of the interior in which ceilings and walls have engravings and paintings that, surely, must be related to the practice of burials, as one more aspect of the funerary ritual.
The cave has didactic signage inside, as well as several recreations that refer to different aspects of the use of the cavity. In the access building an exhibition has been installed in which the different aspects of the life of these human groups, from the Bronze Age, are revealed and interpreted.
Next to the cave, and in the place that would occupy the original town, a replica of a town of the time has been built. Cabins and reproductions of different objects that can be manipulated pretend, like the exhibition, to bring the visitor in a didactic way to the knowledge of the culture and ways of life of our ancestors.
Further information: Cave of the Enebralejos
Access and conditions of the visit
- It is approximately 1 Km. Of Prádena. It is accessed from the N-110, or from the town itself, by a service road. Park, cave and exhibition are subject to visiting hours, and have a guide service.
- It is convenient to book and check the rates.