Montefrio - Las Penas de los Gitanos

Las Peñas de los Gitanos

Signposted off the road to Illora, about 7km east of Montefrío, is an intriguing and unmissable archaeological site, the Peñas de los Gitanos, which has evidence of human settlement from Neolithic times to the Bronze Age. Excavations here have unearthed numerous artefacts including combs made from bone, flint arrowheads and shards of decorative ceramics in the collection of prehistoric dolmens and cave dwellings, one of which has primitve rock paintings. Also here is a Medieval citadel, the remains of a Roman fort and, in the gorge below, six water mills. The site is managed by a group of local students who aim to educate visitors and create a fun and informative day out for all the family.

There is a charge of €10 for adults and €3 for children, prices vary according to the size of your group. The site has a maximum capacity of 55 people so booking is reccomended, especially in peak seasons. The surrounding area is privately owned so please take care when parking and exploring the area.  Tel: 628 30 53 37