Prehistoric Rock Art is the art of the first Europeans. It appeared in Europe 42,000 years ago and continued until the Early Iron Age in some regions.
Since the scientific recognition of the Cave of Altamira in 1902, Prehistoric Art has constituted an important cultural and tourism resource for Europe, as the first major cultural, social and symbolic expression of humankind.
Council of Europe values
Prehistoric Rock Art is one of the oldest form of cultural heritage, present in almost all regions of the planet and living testimony of past life forms. Europe hosts some of the best known and most significant evidences of Prehistoric Rock Art, representing over 40% of all the world’s rock art sites. This Art is closely linked to the landscape. Culture and Nature therefore come together in this route, which also contributes to the sustainable development of the rural communities where all the sites that compose the Cultural Route are located.
Prehistoric Rock Art Trails is certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2010.