With a smattering of wind-generating turbines lining the worn slopes of the Pico de Galdar at its back and a rocky coastline set out before it, the unassuming architecture of Gáldar seems at odds with its surroundings. Gáldar was once the capital of the indigenous islanders known as Guanches, who existed on these islands for an astonishing 2,000 years until the NewWorld explorers saw to their eradication. Gáldar’s Cueva Pintada is among the most fascinating archeological sites associated with the Guanches and still preserves some of their rock paintings. Outside of Gáldar, the Guancha Necropolis and El Agujero are two other sites where the Guanche culture can be appreciated by tourists.
In the village, the Iglesia de Santiago de Los Caballeros dates to the earliest period of Spain’s dominion in Gran Canaria. It is one of the few early locations to have survived on the island which the Spaniards used in converting the Guanches to Catholicism.
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