Cultural Routes in Spain
Generalitat Valenciana
Ruta 3 Reyes
Rock art landscapes in the Community of Valencia

Val del Charco

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The so-called “Levantine” rock art is the last great fully figurative art of the Prehistory of southern Europe. Developed by the last groups of hunter-gatherers on the Iberian Peninsula at the beginning of the current geological period – the Holocene – between 8,500 and 6,500 years ago, this peculiar and very scenic style developed in hundreds of shelters in the Mediterranean mountain ranges of the Iberian Peninsula, all of which make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as “Rock Art of the Mediterranean Arc of the Iberian Peninsula”. The Region of Valencia is home to some of the best examples of Mediterranean Levantine art in the inland ravines of Valencia and Castellón. In Alicante, we also find the enigmatic Macro-schematic Art.

Arte Rupestre en la Comunidad Valenciana

Sites to visit: ALICANTE: 1. Museo de Alcoy y Abrigos de La Sarga; 2. Sala de Arte Rupestre de Castell de Castells y Abrigos de Pla de Petrarcos (opcional: MARQ de Alicante). VALENCIA: 3. Bicorp (Macizo del Caroig): Cueva de La Araña y abrigos del Barranco Moreno (Abrigo de la Balsa del Calicanto, etc.). CASTELLÓN: 4-5. Parque Cultural de Valltorta-Gasulla: Museo de Arte Rupestre y Abrigos con arte levantino de Tirig y Ares del Maestre, 6. Morella La Vella (Morella): Abrigos de la Galería Alta de la Masía. 7. En las proximidades encontramos los Abrics de l’Ermita de Ulldecona (Tarragona) y 8. El Abrigo de Val del Charco del Agua Amarga (Alcañiz, Teruel)

Not to be missed: The 4-day route starts in the mountain ranges of Alicante, continuing through the Caroig Massif (Valencia), in the town of Bicorp, to continue in the Valltorta-Gasulla Park (Valncia), in Tirig and Ares del Maestre, and finish in the region of the 3 Kings (Morella, Alcañiz and Tortosa -Ulldecona-).

How to get there: All the shelters that can be visited on this route are, in addition to some of the best-known sites of Levantine Art, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and absolute references of the Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula.

Abrigo de La Sarga
Pla de Petrarcos
Ecomuseo de Bicorp
Abrigos de Valltorta
Museo de la Valltorta en Tirig
Morella La Vella
Abrics de l'Ermita

Arte Rupestre de Alcañiz