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“Stunning views”
Review of Maipes de Agaete

Maipes de Agaete
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Agaete
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Maipés Archaeological Park is located in the village of Agaete in the north west of Gran Canaria. Maipés is a volcanic lava plain in which a burial ground used by the ancient inhabitants of the island is preserved. There are almost 700 tombs, some of which were constructed over 1.300 years ago.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

I know it's meant to be more than just about the views, but that is what strikes you when you arrive. The small fee to get in is well worth it - your ticket lasts a year if you are back in the area.

The site is fascinating, with a smooth walkway to take you round the site. Plenty of benches and bins should you want a rest, and there are lots of information boards around to give you the history of the site.

A very peaceful and thought provoking walk.

Visited March 2014
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“A fascinating glimpse of Canarian pre-history”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

The site has only been open for a few months and makes a good combination visit with the Cueva Pintada at Galdar. Both are run by Museo y Parque Arqueologico. Maipes is spectacular in it's own way but it only takes an hour or so to see around it.
The site is well laid out, with English-Spanish signs explaining the main features. Access is easy for wheelchairs and baby buggies.
The only problem with the place is finding it. There are plenty of brown signs but if you follow them you end up in the car park of the municipal football stadium. That's actually where you need to be, but the sign that indicates where to go next is yellow, not brown, and fixed to the stadium wall where it can be obscured by parked vehicles.
If it's not too busy, have a chat with the custodian. Museo y Parque Arqueologico is a government organisation and appears to hire people who care about the sites. The one we met was very knowledgeable and keen to talk about the place. Not just the site itself, but also the geology, local coffee growing, wine making and other things to see and do around in the area.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank pan_viator
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paciific grove
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“Newly opened necropolis exhibit”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

This excellently designed small museum and extensive walkway just opened recently. Steel plate pathways lead one through the lava fields to see some original and many rebuilt tombs.
All of the descriptive signs were in both Spanish and English.
A very informative way to spend an hour or two.

Visited January 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
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“An interesting archeological walk — with English texts!”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

The necropolis of Maipes is a fascinating archeological site, quite unlike anything we ever visited before. From the distance of a few hundred metres, you could not recognise it as anything but a field of rubble. But once you start at the gate, follow the rusty iron sheets that lead you over and around the site and read the informative display texts — even in English, a rarity in Spain! — you get a very strange sensation of a vanished culture that you would hope to know more about. For kids there is not much to see or do in Maipes. Still, I really do not understand why there is not a mention of this site is on any travel guide or why the locals do not seem to know about it.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank panpan12
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The Netherlands
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“If you are in the neighbourhood do visit”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Visited this special place which has been set up very nicely with boardwalks and sign with information also in English.

Visited December 2013
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