The Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park is one of the most important archaeological sites in Gran Canaria. It is situated right in the middle of the town centre of Gáldar, with the aim of guaranteeing the preservation, research and dissemmination of one of the most unique settlements in the whole of the Canary Islands.
Not only do the facilities here allow the possibility to marvel at the exceptional wall paintings, the artistic expression and symbolism of the Ancient Canarians, but also to have a pioneering centre in which to learn about the pre-hispanic world in Gran Canaria, as well as the stark events that culminated in the Island joining up to the Crown of Castile in 1483.
Although the discovery of this artificially decorated cave goes back to 1862, it is the excavations carried out since 1987 which have shed light on a village of over fifty houses and artificial caves which together made up the ancient pre-hispanic Agáldar (Gáldar’s former name). A visit to this site offers a journey to Gran Canaria’s distant past with 3D technology and an itinerary all along the archaeological remains of this ancient site.