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Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Galdar
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Owner description: Cueva Pintada, after which the site was named, was discovered in the mid 19th century and is part of a group of artificial caves excavated in the volcanic rock.. Its geometrical motifs make it the most unique representation of the Pre-Hispanic wall paintings, an exceptional testimony of the artistic and symbolic expression of the people of the Canary Islands. Excavations made here since 1987 until today have confirmed the fact that Cueva Pintada used to be part of a village with over fifty houses and artificial caves dating back from the 6th to the 16th centuries.The remains of the indigenous village of Cueva Pintada can be admired from a walkway surrounding those structures preserved, which allows visitors to look at the detail of the houses and indigenous caves.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A very informative and interesting facility which includes video information (in English) as well as a self-guided walk through the site. €6 for adults, OAP €3 and children free. Good toilets and shop.

Thank Jerseybean26
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"painted cave"
in 17 reviews
"guided tour"
in 12 reviews
"pre hispanic"
in 7 reviews
"archaeological site"
in 6 reviews
"canary islands"
in 8 reviews
"island history"
in 4 reviews
"several languages"
in 4 reviews
"self guided"
in 3 reviews
"eye opening"
in 2 reviews
"las palmas"
in 9 reviews
"gran canaria"
in 22 reviews
"large site"
in 2 reviews
"excellent exhibits"
in 2 reviews
"short film"
in 2 reviews
"interesting insight"
in 2 reviews
"the main attraction"
in 2 reviews
"spanish conquest"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Great presentation of the excavation and numerous informative videos in 4 languages but the main thing: the painted cave is lit only if a guide is around... i do not get it why a motion sensor switch cannot do this...

1  Thank Péter D
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The site is very interesting and worth a visit. I suggest you get the 103 bus and not the 105 as suggested as it takes you much nearer. Get off at the police station. The site is well signposted. The entry is €4 or €3 for OAPs. There are also reconstructed buildings and several videos which have an English option. There buses are very comfortable like our coaches and cheap.

Thank Brian P
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

During a two-week holiday in Gran Canaria, my wife and I visited the Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintata in Galdar. We went on a Sunday and were lucky enough to find a parking space just outside the museum.
To our surprise, the whole site is covered. There are two parts to the site: the entrance and museum, which includes two video theatres and the enormous, covered pre-Hispanic archaeological site, that is accessed via a series of walkways. There are numerous remains of the houses that once occupied the site, most of which were partially built into the hillside on which the settlement was built.
The main attraction is the Cueva Pintata (the painted cave) which is now heavily protected by an enclosed chamber. Nevertheless, the paint has faded badly since it was discovered and although there is a replica of the mural in a museum in Las Palmas (showing the vibrant colours when it was first discovered), there is not one on the site, which I thought was a bit strange, considering the marvellous job they have done in describing what life must have been like when the original aboriginal inhabitants lived there.
There are two main theatres showing videos in 4 languages, as well screens dotted around the site, along with 4 replica houses.
Overall, they have done a marvellous job of restoring the site and this is a “must see” if you are visiting Gran Canaria.

Thank Richard_Harpum
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

If you have any archeological interest then this is a must. It is a fascination array of pre-Spanish tombs, made up of ordered piles of rocks in a volcanic "badlands". With detailed explanations in Spanish and English. Really nice design, based on Corten metal pathways, with excellent disabled access.

A really great attraction in a beautiful landscape.

Thank happyhenry
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