Information about Atapuerca

By Raquel Torrientes Burgos / Mayoress of Atapuerca

Atapuerca is a village on the northern slope of the Sierra de Atapuerca, 17 km from Burgos. The 196 registered inhabitants live in the town itself and Olmos de Atapuerca. Atapuerca has traditionally been an agricultural town, although in recent years, new restaurants, rural B&Bs and hostels have begun to cater for the tourism generated by the two World Heritage sites in our municipality: the Sierra de Atapuerca sites and St. James Way (Camino de Santiago).

The Visitor Reception Centre in Atapuerca is a good base for visits to the Sierra de Atapuerca palaeontological sites, the Experimental Archaeology Centre, the local lagoons with their bird hides, descents into the subterranean world of the Esperanza Mine and hikes around Cubillo Spring. You can enjoy an aperitif in a tavern, dine with your family or friends and maybe even stay here for a few days.

We organise many activities throughout the year, including special events like the Atapercu Percussion Festival in July, the popular re-enactment of the Battle of Atapuerca, our Culture Week, the Atapuerca Prizes and the Thanksgiving Festival in August, the International cross-country run and the Hike to the Sierra de Atapuerca sites in November.

Atapuerca has many resources to offer visitors. I cordially invite you to visit our town and enjoy its charms.