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“Stunning views and interesting insight into El Hierro's earlier inhabitants, Los Bimbaches”

Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Cultural de El Julan
Ranked #8 of 37 things to do in El Hierro
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 17 March 2016

After a very winding mountain drive arrived at this purpose built museum with displays providing insight into the origins and lifestyle of the Bimbaches. Were fortunate enough to descend in a 4x4 with excellent guide to see the Bimbache drawings in lava. Extremely interesting visit - and were given tasters of local wine, dried figs and cheese. Highly recommended visit.

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Reviewed 1 March 2016

There is a lot of material here - but mostly in Spanish. That said, versions in English
and German ARE available and an audio-visual presentation is available in several
languages (but one at a time as selected by the staff) taking about ten minutes each.

The non-Spanish versions are on laminated cards attached to fixed points but in
many cases the cards are collated at a distance from the individual panels. It would
be helpful if visitors could have a set of the interpretation cards (for say 20€ deposit)
for the duration of their visit - allowing direct association of the image with relevant
text as occurs with the Spanish.

That aside, the material is insightful as to how little is known (or can be known) of
the early inhabitants. It is not even known when they arrived from North Africa or
how they used the sites still evident today. These sites are well-preserved as the
area of El Julan has been almost totally free of development through the ages,
although some plundering has occurred. Twenty years ago one needed special
permission to visit the whole area but now there are guided tours most mornings
at 09.00 (early start to get there!) separate from the visit to the centre (which is
open from 10.00-18.00 each day).

Prospective visitors should be aware that there is no public transport anywhere
near the centre and that the access road is single track - meaning that meeting
oncoming traffic can involve reversing quite near a cliff edge! There is a small
bar/cafe with limited refreshments but splendid views of the Las Calmas coast
including the Cala de Tacaron peninsula as well as of El Julan itself. There is
a play area provided for young children - sadly a rare feature at other venues.

The audio-visual presentation is an excellent introduction and visitors should
certainly ask to engage with it - preferably before visiting the majority of the
centre as the AV provides context for the other material. However the sound
quality left something to be desired and visitor understanding would certainly
be enhanced with some soft furnishings in the AV room to reduce subtle echoes.
With that undertaken and easier access to the translation card material this
centre would have its visitor value significantly enhanced.

Thank AlanR555
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Meridiano C, guía at Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Cultural de El Julan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2016

Hello Mr. Alan R555
Thank you very much for your opinion.
We are working on some changes in the center. One of them, it is to translate the interpretation plastic cards into English, German and French, at the same time, to make a dossier. We hope people will be able to make use of them during the visit without any deposit.
We are very proud that you liked the visit and the little corner for kids.
We hope next time it will be better.
Thank you very much for your visit.

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Reviewed 9 October 2015

Really beautiful island. So varied. Views are stunning. Very quiet but well worth a visit. We had two nights at Parador Hotel which is fairly isolated and a car is essential for seeing the island. North is more populated but South is equally worth seeing.

Thank Louise R
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Meridiano C, Guía at Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Cultural de El Julan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2016

Hello Mrs. Louise R.
We are glad that you have enjoyed the island.
Next time bring more time for some trekking, relax and snorkelling in one of our many natural pools and just taking part in our tour to the archeological site.
We hope to see you again.
Thank you very much for your visit.

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Reviewed 8 March 2015

For a "get away from it all" El Hierro is simply a must. Definitely unspoilt and rural in it's very nature, struggling to attract tourists the local people are doing a great job. Life is a simple affair. Outside the bars tables and chairs are placed facing the road. Odd you may think but as strangers pass by on foot or in cars this activity is then a topic for discussion as talk of occasional volcanic eruptions and minor earthquakes wears thin. The island was once self sustaining agriculture but failure of crops and poverty led many inhabitants to emigrate to South America. Many returned richer for their efforts; many people remained. About 2.5 hours by catamaran from Tenerife this little island offers much. The lizardry is worth a visit and The Mirador designed and built by Cesare Manrique is breathtaking as are most views on this fantastic little Island

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