Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada, Galdar

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Specialty Museum
Undiscovered on the island of Gran Canaria until the mid-19th century, Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada serves as a window into the pre-Hispanic past of the Canary Islands. Explore the site’s six caves, which contain cave paintings and colorful designs created by the original inhabitants of the island, who experts believe arrived from North Africa some 2,500 years ago. Wander the walkways surrounding the indigenous village, itself believed to date from the 6th century, and imagine life here in the distant past. Enrich your knowledge of the area through the Archeological Museum, which displays artifacts from the site and information on its history, and charts the human colonization of the islands. Guided tours are available from the visitors’ center, and are included in the ticket prices. Keep in mind, however, that photography is not allowed inside. Put Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Galdar vacation route planner.
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  • The site is beautiful and well designed. But officials who work there do not have the slightest interest in that visit it... Note that they charge and gives them equal... A penalty
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  • Visit well-organized: filmed in Spanish with English subtitles explaining the development of the settlement over the centuries, guided visit to the excavations with reproductions of some of the houses, the painted cave you can't photograph and the colored part is protected by glass (it seems right). It is true as reported by other reviewers that you need to make use of the imagination but we believe the site very interesting for understanding how they lived-Hispanic inhabitants of the Islands. The archaeological remains are protected by a modern structure (see photo) for optimum conservation, we heard an Italian lady (glad we only understood us,,,) exclaim but I was anticipating. Given the proximity to combine with monastery of Valeron and Maipes of Agaete archaeological for a full immersion (see reviews).
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  • We went on Sunday with the family buying tickets in advance online, children are free. First thing is that it has no parking and is a task that is located in the middle of the narrow streets of Gáldar, where you can not Park. The staff was very attentive. The visit is guided and lasts approximately one hour. Although the history of the settlement is interesting, it expected to see more pieces in the exhibition, he knew me a little visit, I think that it could be expanded more.
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  • think they can improve the information provided on the actual site and exhibits in the museum - which is rather small. Would have appreciated more information regarding the indigenous people and their cultural berber heritage.
  • Very good historical place with a lot of information about the native Canary Islands!!
  • It was ok , we had a guide but as there was just two of us that spoke English she disappeared after we were taken to the 1st video. We were then left to wonder wound the site while others were given a guided tour because they were all Spanish. The site is not big you will be round in about 45 minutes , we could not find anything else of interest near by.
  • Very interesting! Our guide didn't speak the best English and since English isn't our first language it was a bit hard to follow.
  • great