When you visit La Cueva de la Lobera in Castellar, you instantly realise it’s a magical place that’s entrenched in history. It’s a cave sanctuary from between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Its strategic position makes this Iberian location quite astonishing seeing it was at the boundary of an important area where people would regularly go to worship the gods.
Numerous votive offerings were recovered from this incredible site and you can now see them in the Museum of the Iberian Sanctuary of Castellar.
La Cueva de la Lobera Iberian Sanctuary
Numerous votive offerings (known as ‘dolls’) were recovered from this incredible site and you can now see them in the Museum of the Iberian Sanctuary of Castellar. As you approach this sanctuary remember that to the ancient peoples of the Upper Guadalquivir it was sacred place, respected as the home of their gods. A short track a little over 500 metres long leads you to the cave. As you walk and enjoy the scenery, think about the Iberians. They knew the secrets of this cave and walked along this very path, about 2,500 years ago.
During the Spring and Autumn equinoxes, the light of the setting sun seeps through shafts in the cave, illuminating the walls and representing forms and silhouettes evocative of Iberian votive offerings.
The Castellar Museum is dedicated to the Iberian votive offerings that were recovered from La Cueva de la Lobera sanctuary. As you wander through its rooms you will discover how the votive offerings were made, the significance they held for the Iberians, what their vision of the afterlife was like and their relationship with the gods. The museum holds a magnificent collection of these figurines, whose faces still guard the mystery of the people they depicted. La Cueva de la Lobera is located little more than 1 kilometre from the museum, along a short track with information about the cave and where you will discover the home of the gods.
Location and access
Castellar is reached via the A-312 road. Turn off onto the JV-6201 road, entering via Calle Hospital. From there follow the signs to the Iberian Museum and the parking close to La Cueva de la Lobera.
THE MUSEUM IS NEXT TO THE TOWN HALL IN PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN, No 1. 23260-CASTELLAR