The Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) Museum and Archaeological Park constitutes a bold institutional statement around one of the most representative archaeological settlements on the island of Gran Canaria. Within its walls a combination of conservation, research and dissemination come together to offer society a special space in which the presentation of its prehispanic past provides real emotional and intelectual enjoyment for all those who visit.
The Cueva Pintada was discovered over a century ago, and constitutes the most genuine example of artistic representation of Gran Canaria?s aboriginal culture. It is actually an artificial cave dug out of the toba volcanic rock and whose walls are decorated with geometrical frieze motifs. No less spectacular is the settlement that was discovered all around it, following more than 20 years of extensive archaeological excavation work, in which visitors can view remains of houses in whose interior burial offerings are carefully preserved, a testament to the activities that went on therein at that time.
The inimitable prehispanic island culture of Gran Canaria is reflected perfectly in this settlement, which has brought the ways of prehispanic existence right back to life. But at the same time, this enclave occupies an essential role in going deep inside their final stages which opened up from the 14th century onwards, the moment in which the first European expeditions began to arrive on the island and which culminated in the conquest and the joining of the island with the Crown of Castille.