Megalithic tombs, dolmens and other monuments represent the oldest surviving indigenous architecture of Europe.
Big stones – literally megaliths – were widely used by prehistoric communities to build monuments, burial places, and sanctuaries. Understanding this heritage is essential to trace our very origins.
Council of Europe values
The European Route of Megalithic Culture is committed to the principles of “low-impact tourism”, avoiding irreversible measures that affect the natural environment. This is achieved by using existing roads and nature route ways as well as promoting mobility in harmony with nature. Consequently, a key principle of the route is to highlight and preserve the essential link between nature and culture. The route is also involved in working with museums, schools, universities and charities to develop specific programmes for children and young people.
The European Route of Megalitic Culture is certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2013.