A treasure trove of prehistoric art from before the Spanish invasion of La Palma

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Belmaco Archaeological Park

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It was in the town of Belmaco, 42 kilometres (26 miles) north of Santa Cruz, that the Canary Islands' first pre-Hispanic petroglyphs were discovered inside a dozen caves back in the 17th century. Today the contents of this archaeological park are still fodder for researchers in addition to making a truly compelling visit for folks interested in history - and in particular that of the Aurita (aka Benaurita) peoples who lived on La Palma prior to Spain's colonisation. The complex includes an interpretive centre which provides context and background in the form of photos, scale models, and other documentation. The park is open daily from 10 am till 6 pm (except Sunday, till only 3 pm).

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