In 1951 this extraordinary collection of prehistoric art was discovered in some rocky shelters in the Barranc de la Cova Foradada, near the La Sarga farmhouse, where three of the prehistoric artistic horizons of the eastern façade of the Iberian Peninsula are represented – Macro-schematic Art, Levantine Art and Schematic Art -, clearly differentiated by their colour, type of execution and theme.
The paintings of La Sarga are a Property of Cultural Interest, and in 1998 they were declared “World Heritage” by UNESCO.
The Sarga is, without a doubt, a sanctuary. It was never used as a home and on its walls several generations of farmers and cattle breeders left testimonies of their beliefs, which change their images as their economic and social foundations are transformed.
In order to promote the conservation and protection of the paintings, as well as to contribute to the maintenance of the landscape values of the surroundings, the access to the ravine and the shelters is closed by a gate. The Alcoy City Council, through the Archaeological Museum, protects this set of Rock Art and organizes guided tours on specific dates.