A National Geographic documentary, ‘Finding Atlantis,’ that was aired over the weekend and will be next shown on March 20th, puts forward evidence that the lost city of Atlantis is to be found in Southern Spain.

Using the latest sonar technology, satellite photography and earth penetrating radar, scientists are fairly confident that the remains of Atlantis are to be found buried in Doñana National Park, in the province of Huelva.

Doñana National Park

Could the marshlands of Doñana National park hold the answer to a 9000 year old mystery?

Scientists have identified a ring-like structure underground that could be the remains of Atlantis.

The physical and historical evidence all points to a city that was destroyed thousands of years ago by a giant tsunami.

The research team was lead by University of Hartford archaeologist Richard Freund.

The scientists also identified a series of inland – memorial cities – which are believed to have been built by the survivors of the initial tsunami which destroyed Atlantis.

Plato’s early account

The scientific evidence is backed up by Plato’s early account of Atlantis.

The Greek philosopher Plato wrote that Atlantis was an island that sat just in front of the ‘Pillars of Hercules,’ today known as the Strait of Gibraltar.

Plato wrote that the city of Atlantis was a known naval power that had conquered many parts of Europe and Africa, but failed to invade Athens. Thought to have existed around 9600 BC.

Plato wrote that Atlantis sank into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune.”

Excavations will be continuing and already have the World’s attention.



John Kramer
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John is the marketing and content manager for Spain-holiday.com. Having travelled extensively, John settled in a small Spanish village over fourteen years ago. Interested in anything to do with the outdoors, sports, current affairs, travel and new technologies. John loves nothing more than losing himself in the mountains for a few days.

6 comments on “Has the lost city of Atlantis been found in Southern Spain?”

  1. Liam Knuj says:

    Amazing discovery. Certainly the supporting evidence is profound. The symbol of Atlantis in the surrounding memorial cities is a clue it is close by. The other evidence and the history supports the theory. Finally, southern Spain is one of the oldest inhabited places on earth. Neanderthal remains have been found there.

  2. I am the author of the “Atlantis refers to Tartessos” theory which inspired the “Finding Atlantis” documentary by the National Geographic Channel. Maybe it will be helpful if I post some comments here.

    My theory was published in the June 2004 issue of the journal “Antiquity”. My scientific article inspired the team headed by Sebastian Celestino Perez and Juan Jose Villarias Robles to perform the archaeological and geological expedition in the Donana National Park. Their work began in 2005. They performed two expeditions in the Marisma de Hinojos to test the theory. The first one (for one week) in July 2006 and the second one (for five weeks) in August and September 2009. Richard Freund and collaborators contributed significantly to the geological and geophysical work of the second expedition. I am not a member of the two teams, but I stay in contact with them.

    The National Geographic documentary was performed in November 2010. I was filmed on 8 November, Juan Villarias (and collaborators) the following day.

    My theory was published here:

    The preprint of the second one of these articles was posted here:

    A very brief version of my Tartessos = Tarshish = Atlantis theory can be found here:

    I posted a very brief review (unfortunately with some minor mistakes) of the preliminary results of the archaeological expedition of the team headed by Celestino and Villarias here:

    I hope that these comments may be helpful.

  3. John Kramer says:

    Thank you for your comments Dr. Rainer Kühne and your fascinating work,

    Best Regards,


  4. Robert Morning Sky says:

    I have just seen the National Geographic program on the Donana Park program that may be Atlantis, or possibly Tartessos. May I make a suggestion? In the ancient languages of the Mediterranean, the important ‘letter sounds’ in a name were the consonants. Thus, in ‘Atlantis’ the significant letters would be T-L-T-N-T-S; in the name ‘Tartessos’, they would be T-R-T-S-S. We also find that in the ancient languages of the Mediterranean, the sound of the letters ‘L’ and ‘R’ were often interchanged. Thus, the name T-L-T-N-T-S (Atlantis)could have become T-R-T-N-T-S.
    Over time, the ‘N’ could have dropped and yielded T-R-T-T-S or simply T-R-T-S,a root which would have yielded the name Tartessos.
    I believe the project is clearly on the right track.

  5. Joshua @ Atlantis says:

    It is said that Atlantis was a huge island at one time of which parts of Europe could have a part of it which is why Spain is a possibility – Joshua

  6. Lelala says:

    Wow, very impressive – the myth always said, Atlantis may be somewhere near to the acorian island.
    Since water is not deep, there will be some investigations, i guess…

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