Archaeological sites have been discovered and opened up to the public in all the Canary Islands. Like the Islands themselves, they’re all different and will give you a first-hand experience of the Pre-Hispanic past. By visiting these sites you can explore the places where the early Canary Islanders lived. The collections held at the museums also reflect an important part of the past. Discover how the early inhabitants of the Canary Islands lived, what they did to survive, and what their art was like. You’ll be surprised what you can learn from their culture.
Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park, Gáldar. This is one of the Canary Islands’ most important early settlements and a great place to visit as a family. The park includes children’s activities and has many examples of early Canary Islands art. Discover a lot more about the culture of the original Canary Islanders by venturing inside one of their main archaeological treasures. More information
Cenobio Valerón. This is the most spectacular archaeological site in the Canary Islands and was used by the island’s earliest inhabitants as a communal grain store. The site’s made up of an enormous group of 350 caves, chambers and grain stores, set out on several levels. You’ll find this extremely important example of Canary Islands heritage in Santa María de Guía. More information
San Cristóbal Castle Remains Interpretation Centre. See the remains of San Cristóbal Castle, whose memory survives today only in the name of Calle Castillo (Castle Street), in Santa Cruz More information
La Atalayita Settlement. This site dates from the time of the original inhabitants of Fuerteventura, known as the Mahos. During your visit, you’ll have the chance to discover what their dwellings were like and how they managed to survive in such a harsh, arid environment. You’ll find this 1,200 square metre site in Valle de Pozo Negro, in the municipality of Antigua. Take a trip back in time and discover the story of this site. More information
Archaeological guided tours. The company "Senderismo Lanzarote" provides three guided tours with a low level of difficulty to show visitors the island’s most important archaeological sites:
- Fiquinineo Archaeological Site. Items associated with the early Canary Islanders and other cultures have been found at this site in Teguise.
- Zonzamas Archaeological Site. This site is made up of unusual structures cut into the rock by the early Canary Islanders.
- San Marcial del Rubicón Archaeological Site. The route goes along the Papagayo beaches. It includes games played during the walk and explanations specially adapted for the younger members of the party.
Belmaco Archaeological Park. This is the island’s most iconic archaeological park and also the site that receives the highest number of visitors. It’s in the municipality of Mazo and has the status of Property of Cultural Interest. The park has a settlement of 10 natural caves and a very interesting cave drawing site. An interpretation centre brings to life the world of the island’s early inhabitants, based on the rock drawings. More information
Alto de Garajonay. This stunningly beautiful location in Garajonay National Park is the island’s most important archaeological site. It was used by the early inhabitants for conducting rituals and also as a place of refuge. At this site, the first evidence was found of agriculture pre-dating the conquest of the island by the Spanish. Today visitors can see a recreation of the site in the original location.
Guinea Archaeological Village. This marvellous outdoor journey into the past will teach you about the lives of the Bimbaches, the island’s earliest inhabitants. Guinea was one of the first settlements in El Hierro and the site explains the culture and way of life of the people who once lived in this harsh environment. The constructions have been restored using the original materials. The site includes routes of discovery to make your experience more than a simple visit. More information