Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Cultural de El Julan

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Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Cultural de El Julan

Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Cultural de El Julan
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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4.5
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Håkan K
6 contributions
A walk down in history
Feb. 2017 • Solo
Starting in the beautiful morning light in the pine forrest the guide took us downhill in a landscape where we here and there came up to signs of the Bimbaches' life. Caves that gave them shelter, places where they gathered, lots of shells from the seafood they ate and fragments of pots for the water they drank and the rock carvings. Those started our imagination. Right here, someone sat and carved these pictures and signs. What was occuping that persons mind? Was he or she thinking how long will the carvings last? Who will look at them and what will they think ...?

Later, after the return to the El Julan center by the 4x4, we had a tase of local wine, cheese and cake on the terrace. Delicious! And in the center we could also watch a short movie and an interesting exhibition about the Bimbaches and their world.

I can strongly recommend a visit to El Julan for the Center, for the Tour and for the Landscape. Book in advance to be sure there is a guided tour!
Written March 17, 2017
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Thank you very much for your opinion. Very clear explained and very kind of you. Best regards from el Hierro.
Written August 15, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Violetta J
19 contributions
Revealing history
Jun. 2016 • Couples
Amazing tour in Jeep with excellent guides to show us the most important signs and icons left from old ages. The site is very inspiring for artists, nature lovers, mistery seekers and all types of curious people. I strongly recommend it! At the end of the tour we enjoyed a lovely surprise! Don't want to be a spoiler! You should't miss this experience in El Hierro!
Written October 6, 2016
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Kaupo P
3 contributions
Guided tour to El Julan cultural park & visitors centre
Jul. 2016 • Solo
A guided tour started 8 o'clock from the visitors centre parking lot and took us down the slope to the historic village of the indigenous people of El Hierro.

It was a truly interesting tour through the ancient pastures where unique rock carvings, altars, caves and shell-heaps are being preserved.

Our tour guide made this hike a memorable experience.

When we returned to the visitors centre we could taste the local wine, cheese, dried figs and lemon-cheese cake. Everything was absolutely delicious.

After snacks and refreshments we watched a short movie about El Julan and had a tour in the visitors centre where a lot of fascinating information about this special place and about the people that once lived there can be found.

I sincerely recommend to visit El Julan when you are in El Hierro.

NB! Tour in English is available when you book in advance. At any case check the opening times before going.
Written July 6, 2016
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Jly48
United Kingdom284 contributions
Amazing place, superb tour with the most helpful and efficient staff
Feb. 2016 • Solo
I read about this place and was interested in visiting the archaeological site and to learn more about the Bimbaches, I had a problem getting there as I did not drive and it was not on any of the bus routes. I telephoned the centre and spoke to Marita, she arranged for Ruben, one of the guides to give me a lift and we arranged a convenient pick up point for the next day. I was supposed to go on the tour with another family, walking down to the site and coming back up by 4 x 4 Jeep but the other participants cancelled as the weather was really bad on the day (it was raining quite heavily and wind was particularly strong). Ruben decided to do the whole tour by Jeep due to the adverse weather, it was really interesting to see the numerous petroglyphs, remains of the Tagoror (old meeting place) and to listen to the history of the Bimbaches, not to mention the spectacular scenery and rainbows. After the tour, wine was served with a Canarian snack, consisting of cheese, figs and cake. When I was ready to leave, Ruben very kindly arranged for his colleague to give me a lift back to El Pinar. It was such excellent service, thank you very, very much for making the day so memorable and I wish you all the very best in making this new attraction a success.
Written March 18, 2016
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Thank you very much for your request. If it is in our hand and possibilities, we try to help people who are interesting in our tours. Specially in el Julan. The worst was the wind,... but we could make and enjoy it. Regards from el Hierro island.
Written May 25, 2016
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Jerseylolly
Jersey, UK89 contributions
Stunning views and interesting insight into El Hierro's earlier inhabitants, Los Bimbaches
Mar. 2016 • Family
After a very winding mountain drive arrived at this purpose built museum with displays providing insight into the origins and lifestyle of the Bimbaches. Were fortunate enough to descend in a 4x4 with excellent guide to see the Bimbache drawings in lava. Extremely interesting visit - and were given tasters of local wine, dried figs and cheese. Highly recommended visit.
Written March 17, 2016
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AlanR555
Bideford, UK93 contributions
Insight into the historical population of this remote island
Mar. 2016 • Couples
There is a lot of material here - but mostly in Spanish. That said, versions in English
and German ARE available and an audio-visual presentation is available in several
languages (but one at a time as selected by the staff) taking about ten minutes each.

The non-Spanish versions are on laminated cards attached to fixed points but in
many cases the cards are collated at a distance from the individual panels. It would
be helpful if visitors could have a set of the interpretation cards (for say 20€ deposit)
for the duration of their visit - allowing direct association of the image with relevant
text as occurs with the Spanish.

That aside, the material is insightful as to how little is known (or can be known) of
the early inhabitants. It is not even known when they arrived from North Africa or
how they used the sites still evident today. These sites are well-preserved as the
area of El Julan has been almost totally free of development through the ages,
although some plundering has occurred. Twenty years ago one needed special
permission to visit the whole area but now there are guided tours most mornings
at 09.00 (early start to get there!) separate from the visit to the centre (which is
open from 10.00-18.00 each day).

Prospective visitors should be aware that there is no public transport anywhere
near the centre and that the access road is single track - meaning that meeting
oncoming traffic can involve reversing quite near a cliff edge! There is a small
bar/cafe with limited refreshments but splendid views of the Las Calmas coast
including the Cala de Tacaron peninsula as well as of El Julan itself. There is
a play area provided for young children - sadly a rare feature at other venues.

The audio-visual presentation is an excellent introduction and visitors should
certainly ask to engage with it - preferably before visiting the majority of the
centre as the AV provides context for the other material. However the sound
quality left something to be desired and visitor understanding would certainly
be enhanced with some soft furnishings in the AV room to reduce subtle echoes.
With that undertaken and easier access to the translation card material this
centre would have its visitor value significantly enhanced.
Written March 1, 2016
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Hello Mr. Alan R555 Thank you very much for your opinion. We are working on some changes in the center. One of them, it is to translate the interpretation plastic cards into English, German and French, at the same time, to make a dossier. We hope people will be able to make use of them during the visit without any deposit. We are very proud that you liked the visit and the little corner for kids. We hope next time it will be better. Thank you very much for your visit.
Written April 3, 2016
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Louise R
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom49 contributions
Short holiday
Oct. 2015 • Couples
Really beautiful island. So varied. Views are stunning. Very quiet but well worth a visit. We had two nights at Parador Hotel which is fairly isolated and a car is essential for seeing the island. North is more populated but South is equally worth seeing.
Written October 9, 2015
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Hello Mrs. Louise R. We are glad that you have enjoyed the island. Next time bring more time for some trekking, relax and snorkelling in one of our many natural pools and just taking part in our tour to the archeological site. We hope to see you again. Thank you very much for your visit.
Written April 3, 2016
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Chrissoneill
London, UK13 contributions
A Gem in The Atlantic
Sep. 2014 • Couples
For a "get away from it all" El Hierro is simply a must. Definitely unspoilt and rural in it's very nature, struggling to attract tourists the local people are doing a great job. Life is a simple affair. Outside the bars tables and chairs are placed facing the road. Odd you may think but as strangers pass by on foot or in cars this activity is then a topic for discussion as talk of occasional volcanic eruptions and minor earthquakes wears thin. The island was once self sustaining agriculture but failure of crops and poverty led many inhabitants to emigrate to South America. Many returned richer for their efforts; many people remained. About 2.5 hours by catamaran from Tenerife this little island offers much. The lizardry is worth a visit and The Mirador designed and built by Cesare Manrique is breathtaking as are most views on this fantastic little Island
Written March 8, 2015
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Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Cultural de El Julan is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.