Cuevas de la Araña

The Cuevas de la Araña (known in English as the Araña Caves or the Spider Caves) are a group of caves in the municipality of Bicorp in Valencia, eastern Spain. The caves are in the valley of the river Escalona and were used by prehistoric people who left rock art. They are known for painted images of a bow and arrow goat hunt and for a scene depicting a human figure.

Cueva de la Araña
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationBicorp, Valencian Community, Spain
Part ofRock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula
  • 394 (Abrigo I)
  • 396 (Abrigo II)
  • 397 (Abrigo III)
CriteriaCultural: (iii)
Coordinates39°06′37.2″N 0°51′37.1″W
Location of Cuevas de la Araña in Valencian Community
Cuevas de la Araña (Spain)

The dating of such art is controversial, but the famous honey-gathering painting is believed to be epipaleolithic and is estimated to be around 8000 years old.[1]

The caves were discovered in the early twentieth century by a local teacher, Jaime Garí i Poch. They are included in the World Heritage Site Rock art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin.


  1. Ullmann, Fritz (2003). Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-3-527-30385-4.
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