Ice Age Cave Paintings Altamira Spain The Altamira paintings found in Northern Spain is presumed to be about 11,000-19,000 years old. It is supposed to have been painted by Magdalenian people between 16,000 and 9,000 BC. These paintings were first discovered by a Spanish archeologist named Don Marcelino.
For preservation reasons, the public may only visit a well-executed replica called "Lascaux II". Radiocarbon dating of charcoal and other artifacts found in the cave complex has led most scholars to date the Lascaux paintings to c.15,000 BC, making them some of the oldest paintings in the world.. One of the best ways to explore the Dordogne region is by bike. Find out more about our self-guided cycling trips here: http://www.discoverfrance.com/regions/dordogne-biking-tours.php