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“Hard to find but well worth it”

Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Galdar
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is a really good visit, but there are two problems with it.
The first is parking. Galdar doesn't have much and what there is is time limited and full. We found some space on some rough ground right at the bottom of the hill, just before the bridge. It's about a ten minute walk back into town.
The second problem is the signs. There are lots of them, but they fail to say that the Cueva Pintada are actually part of the museum so if you are driving you are likely to go straight past it. Actually, if you are walking that can happen as well unless you see the sign high up above the doorway. If you are walking from the bottom of the hill, it's on the left hand side. Walk up the Calle Bentejui and you'll find it. If you miss the Calle Bentejui you'll see a massive wall on the left of the main road, topped by screens and a metal roof. That's the back end of the site.
Once you do manage to park and find the place it's well worth the effort. If you are going during the busier times of the year, you should consider making an advance booking via the web site. The caves have a strict daily visitor limit and the English Tour only takes place once a day.
The guided tour is a much better experience than a self-guided visit. The guides give information that is not on the notices / presentations and are involved with the ongoing excavations there, so you'll get the latest information.

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

If you want know something about the pre-history of the Canary Islands and its aboriginals, the place to visit is the Cueva Pintada ("Painted Cave") Museum in Galdar, the Northern part of the country. The visit to the museum is staged so that you first see a short film (with English subtitles) about the excavations, what the research tells us and how the caves were found. Then you get to see the real thing, which is the real excavation site, roughly about 100x100metres in size, housed under a sheltering roof behind the movie screen, with both reconstructed cave abodes and the original "painted cave". And finishing the tour, you see another film, a 3D drama about the aboriginal Canarians, their way of life and how they, after strong resistance, were conquered and enslaved by the Spaniards. I can recommend this museum even for families with kids if you make the effort and try to visualise for them what might have been like to live in a cave. Unfortunately some of the DVD screens on the site were out-of-order.

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I visited via two buses from Puerto de Mogan and am so glad I did. The sheer size of the archaeological area with its walkways and sophisticated lighting took my breath away. I had not been expecting such a massive scale! The actual painted cave is so beautiful, a very spiritual experience. Excellent staff and a superb gift shop. It's a shame more tours aren't organised direct from the resorts.

5  Thank Dorienne
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IÑAKI S, Gerente at Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

Dear Sir/Madam,
The staff of the Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada would like to thank you for your comments. We are very pleased to hear that such a long trip to visit this museum, in which we always effort in order to offer our visitors a fantastic experience, has been worthwhile. So, we hope that we will be able to rejoice in welcoming you here on another occasion if you visit the island.
Yours faithfully,

Iñaki
Director and Curator of the museum

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I went to Cueva Pintada on June 2012. Go to Gáldar, walk around Agüimes, a recreated medieval town, then visit the Museum & Archeological park of Cueva Pintada. These towns are the epitome of cleanliness. The museum is in the middle of the town, the archeological site is located under a normal city building! Museum attendants are really friendly & knowledgeable. The short tour cost 6€, it is really enlightening, the ticket includes the small museum, a short documentary & walk of recreated lodgings & archeological site. Not pictures allowed! Last June it won a prestigious cultural award. I learn a lot about the Guanches.

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IÑAKI S, Gerente at Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

Dear Sir/Madam,

The staff of the Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada would like to thank you that you have spent some time writing a few lines with such a helpful and interesting information for our future visitors about the visit to the museum and the archaeological site. Having no further to add, I take this opportunity to thank you again.

Yours faithfully,

Iñaki
Director and Curator of the museum.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

This was not easy to find as we were expecting it to be in an open air situation, not inside a museum building-which it is! The building has been designed to cover & protect the remains of the caves. The guides are multi-lingual and very accommodating. There are videos & talks with the opportunity to look around. Many rooms in the caves have been dressed to show how life would have been. Anyone with an interest in history should take a couple of hours out to look around here.

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IÑAKI S, Gerente at Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to thank you on behalf of all the staff of the Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada that you recommend to visit to this heritage site to know our history. So, we hope that the architectural design intended to protect and preserve this vulnerable heritage site. In conclusion, we would like to once again stress our gratitude.

Yours faithfully,

Iñaki
Director and Curator of the museum.

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