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Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada

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Address: Calle Audiencia 2, 35460 Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain
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+34 928 89 54 89
10:30 - 19:30
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 19:30

Cueva Pintada, after which the site was named, was discovered in the mid...

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.

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Very interesting visit

We arrived and were lucky that a guided tour was starting. When you first see the site under a large tent in the centre of Galdar, it is rather surprising, and it is actually... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Paris, France
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

We arrived and were lucky that a guided tour was starting. When you first see the site under a large tent in the centre of Galdar, it is rather surprising, and it is actually much bigger than it seems from the outside. This museum is very well done, educational and interesting, and definitely worth stopping in Galdar for. Although, parking... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

I have to admit the cave paintings are pretty underwhelming but the excavated site and history are impressive. The guide spoke perfect English and made the tour very interesting.

Thank Lizzie071
Dresden, Germany
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

The museum is well done. We had a guided tour which is offered in several languages. It is free with the entry fee and offered in several languages. You probably can also discover the area on your own because there are several videos that explain the facts. The cave itself is really cool and you can actually walk around the... More 

Thank Ronja_AufReisen
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a unique archaeological site right in the middle of town and is still being investigated by archaeologists today. Access is via guided tour in a variety of languages (90 minutes), or you can go without a guide. Our English language tour started with a 3d video chronicling the pre-Hispanic people and what happened when the Spanish arrived; from... More 

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Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The museum is easy to find, well organised with either guided or self guided tours. We took an English spoken tour. The guide was knowledgeable and succinct in her presentation. The 3D film is a very interesting insight into the history of the indigenous people of Gran Canaria prior to the Spanish conquest. The excavations are astonishing. The cave paintings... More 

Thank Inpursuitofexcellenc
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This was the only lesson in history of the Canary islands. Glad we took it. The museum tells the story of island inhabitants and and settlement development. It was great to learn about life in caves and see the modern cave life as well. A great choice for a rainy day :)

Thank Toma U
Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This museum is 6 Euros per person (cheaper for concessions) and includes many short films, in a variety of languages, plus a guided tour (if you turn up at the right time). The films (and tour) explain the human history of the Gran Canaria and the caves / houses discovered in this area. We had missed the last English guided... More 

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We arrived just after the wind had reached 100 kph and the rain poured down - HOWEVER this place was really worth the effort. OK there is a small entrance fee - only 3 euros for concessions though - and worth every cent. we pre-booked on a guided tour in English (only 6 other people on the tour) and were... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

To see some artwork by the Canarii, the indigenous peoples of Gran Canaria, is a real privilege, as it is to see their cruciform houses in this wonderful museum. Obviously, history is always that of the victors, in this case the pious Castilian Catholics, whose documentation of the lives of the Canarii is scant and dismissive. I would recommend some... More 

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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This was certainly among the highlights of my trip to Gran Canaria. We were joined by other groups later, though I very nearly had the good fortune to have a solo tour today around the cave and dig. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of my guide however he was the most knowledgeable, inspired and friendly tour guide one could... More 

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