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Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada

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Address: Calle Audiencia 2, 35460 Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this amazing place with very knowledgeable guide with very good command of english. Tour was one and three quarters hours at the cost of €3 for seniors. A bargain!'Don't miss this if you visit Galder

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Rosyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting place. You can learn about the history of the island and its inhabitants. Worth seeing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Quite a small museum in the middle of Galdar. Park outside the town and walk in as the roads are very narrow. Inside there are lots of artefacts and the cave itself. There are regular tours in English, Spanish, German and french when we went which was very helpful and some interactive replica village huts that you could go in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The museum and the cueva pintada are located in the center of Galdar. Entrance fee is € per person. They open the painted cave twice a day (at 11 am, and 3 pm) to preserve it against daylight. the Spanish (and English speaking) guide that we followed was very friendly, helpful and gave very clear and interesting explanations about the... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Cleverly displayed archaeological excavation of pre-Spanish Gran Canarian life. Our guide spoke English pretty well (booked on English tour) and the videos had English translations.

Thank Felicity D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is much, much more than just a museum - it's an experience! Now - before I go any further, I have to emphasize something - you see, when I was preparing our trip to Canary islands, I was looking all over the internet for some good sights to visit and - Cueva pintada stood up immediately, but I was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

A visit to this museum should be your #1 in things to do in Gran Canaria. We enjoyed the movies specially the 3d one. Good to know some history about the island.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Without spoiling the surprise this really is a fantastic museum and a great example of historical conservation. Definitely recommend going on an english guided tour, I always find that you get much more information. Six euro entry fee, well worth the price.

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