This northern city used to be the island's pre-Hispanic capital. So it's no surprise find here possibly the best Guanche (pre-Hispanic) archeological site - La Cueva Pintada.
Here you will also find some of my favorite secluded natural swimming pools where there are no tourists! However you can ONLY swim in them during low tide when they are protected from the strong sea currents.
While in the centre of Galdar we recommend you stroll around its old streets and visit the old square here you'll find the Church Santiago de Galdar. You can also visit its famous farmers' market. Just ask anyone for "Mercado la Recoba" and they will point you in the right direction as it's in the right in the centre of town.
La Cueva Pintada (or The Painted Cave) is definitely one Gran Canaria's must see's!
This archeological museum offers you a number of audiovisual expositions some in 3D staging the aboriginal lifestyle before the Spanish conquer. Here you can learn all about Canary Islands history. And it truly really is worth visiting!
As you can walk through original archaeological chambers. The entrance
fee is €6.00 for adults and it's free for under 18 year olds.
La Cueva Pintada - pre-Hispanic Canary Islands history
If you drive slightly out from the town centre (about a 1 mile away) there's another important pre-Hispanic site - La Guancha. This cemetery dates back to the 11th century and it's believed that the over 40 bodies found here belonged to Guanche Royalty.
As you drive towards Agaete you can also stop by Reptilandia Park. It doesn't look big from the outside...but you can easily spend a good couple of hours just walking around its 10,000 sqm. There are all sorts of exotic reptiles here (over 150 species including crocodiles and a Komodo Dragon! which was sent in from Rotterdam Zoo), spiders, parrots and monkeys!
Galdar is not known for its beaches. However if you know where to look for you can find some of the best secluded natural swimming pools on the island. They are true paradises on sunny summer days! Very few locals know about these so these are true gems.
The beaches of El Agujero, Dos Roques, la Caleta de Arriba, la Caleta de Abajo, La Rada del Juncal are examples of these natural swimming pools.
But only...and that really means ONLY...swim during low tide.
This is when the swimming pools are protected from the dangerous strong
Sardina Beach (the beach above) is a nice and small sandy beach...And if you like scuba diving this is the place to come to...as it's one of the best places on the island for it.
It just takes about 20 minutes to get here from Las Palmas. All you have to do is drive straight down the motorway along the north coast (G-2) and you'll get here. If you need a map of Gran Canaria you can download here.
The 103 bus leaves on the hour from 5:00 to 22:00 and at 30 minutes past the hour (at 8:30, 9:30, 12:30, 13:30, 16:30 and 17:30) from Platform 6 in San Telmo Station in Las Palmas.
The 105 bus leaves 20 and 40 minutes of the hour (7:20, 7:40,
) from Platform 6 during week days. On weekends it leaves
every hour at 30 minutes past the hour.
Galdar - Travel Gran Canaria & Discover Canary Islands History!