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“Little piece of history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Valeron Monastery

Valeron Monastery
Cuesta de Silva, s/n | Santa Maria de Guia, 35450 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Ranked #48 of 91 Attractions in Gran Canaria
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Little piece of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

After getting lost due to the road signs from Agaete just stopping, we eventually made it there. Parking for about 8 cars and a toilet on the road before you head up the many stairs. Stunning views of both the site and scenery around it. Lots of information boards dotted about the site, and it is quite fascinating how people used to live. Only disappointment was that the site was much smaller than I had expected.

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Easily reached and clearly sign-posted from the route we took which was the GC-2.
There is a small parking area on the opposite side of the road to where the entrance is located.
The toilet that is located in parking area was locked.

Opening times: Oct - March Tuesday-Sunday 10-17:00, April-Sept Tues-Sun 10-18:00
Admission 2.5 Euros
Reduced price 1.5 Euros
check website - www.cenobiodevaleron.org

Wide stairs which were quite manageable with information along the way regarding flora and fauna.

As you round a corner, the caves, which are located under a red-yellow basalt arch appear in the distance like a large honeycomb. Multi-lingual information plaques provide informative, yet concise accounts of the use of complex. Early indigenous population used this as a fortified grain depository.

Stairs continue up to enable you to explore these magical caves a little more closely and also provides a glorious far reaching view.

Superb visit to this most fascinating place.

Visited June 2013
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“How to hide reserves from the pirates?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Great place which on its own can show and explain many things about how old Canarians lived. It it very short but very impressive visit. I personally do not like long explanations and museum like guides, can read all explanatory stuff later in Internet. What I am interested in - it is emotion and impression. And cenobio valeron has it all, not to forget about great views from this place!

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“Cenobio Valeron, atmospheric and accessible.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

One of Gran Canaria's best publicised sites, Cenobio Valeron (the 'Monastery' translation here does it no favours, since it isn't one), lives up to its photogenic hype. Easily accessible from the GC2 motorway near Galdar (and thus only about an hour's drive from the southern resorts and fifteen minutes from Las Palmas), limited roadside parking was nonetheless adequate during our visit. The small entrance kiosk sells a more-than-usually decent range of craft-orientated souvenirs, as well as nice selection of archaeology books, and the lady running it during our visit was friendly and informative. Entrance was a reasonable Eur2.50, and was waived for our young kids*.

The steps up to the site look a bit daunting from the road, but they really aren't bad (although there is no wheelchair access), and even our 3-year old managed them no problem. Information on the plants lining the path, and frequent lizards, break the 5-minute walk nicely. Visits are likely to be about 30-45 minutes in total.

The site itself really is very beautiful, like a huge honeycomb set into the mountain, with a stunning location and views over its valley and part of the north coast. Several hundred prehistoric grain silos carved into the soft tufa, in a range of shapes and sizes, glow a warm yellow in the afternoon sun, while their interiors and those sheltered by the wave-like cliff above provide a dark contrast. Multi-language information panels are mounted on rotating drums, providing some tactile fun for kids, and metal walkways lead you over and into some of the silos. The interpretative information provided is extensive and up-to-date, and the many possible implications of a collective, but at the same time individually divided and defensible, granary are fascinating.

Further elements of the site lie on the crest of the hill, but remain tantalising inaccessible to the visitor. I'd suggest visiting the Cueva Pintada centre in nearby Galdar before coming up to Cenobio Valeron, to place what you're seeing in its proper context, but if you're not that interested in Guanche archaeology this site is still a very striking, atmospheric sight in its own right and well worth a visit. On the other hand, other Guanche sites dot the coast around Galdar, including the stone tombs at La Guancha, so if this stuff takes your fancy you can have a full day of spectacular sites within just a few miles.

One very minor problem, the toilet was located in the parking area, but it was locked and the key was (presumably) available from the entrance kiosk some flights of stairs up on the way to the site... so I imagine that many visitors took the same option as my young son and stepped behind the facility instead. Not exactly a desirable outcome.

*This is a very welcome feature of GC in general: despite many attractions and restaurants offering reduced rates for kids in the 3-12 range, more often than not they let our 3- and 6-year olds off entirely - this is a real relief for family budgets, and led to us doing far more eating-out and visiting than we had planned for, at a likely net gain to the GC economy (if you get two paying adults and two free kids in twice, that's more cash than two adults and two paying kids once). I wouldn't expect it in places like Palmitos Parque or the Maspalomas Aqualand, mind you, but the smaller places are very good this way.

Visited January 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Is an amazing place, really big, in a such a place that you can not believe. Moreover the place is easy to visit with ladders and information panels.

Visited December 2012
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