Petroglifos El Calvario (El Calvario Petroglyphs) – La Palma, Spain - Atlas Obscura

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Petroglifos El Calvario (El Calvario Petroglyphs)

Several petroglyphs are all that remain of an ancient pyramid.  


La Palma has a wealth of archeological remains from pre-Hispanic times, many of which showcase the rich heritage of the native population. There are several sites around the island where this heritage is on full display, among them are caves, ancient huts, and many artifacts in the Archaeological Museum Benahoarita. What makes the situation on La Palma unique is that so many of these sites are accessible to visitors.

The El Calvario Petroglyphs are such a place, where the remains of a pyramid, similar to the pyramid on the other side of the island. Unfortunately, this pyramid did not survive the times, as it was likely destroyed to make room for farms. 

The site was discovered in 1922 by A. Jiménez de Cisneros, at which point there were only several large petroglyphs left. Today, the core of the site is protected by a small wooden fence but more stones can be found around the area. 

Know Before You Go

The site is freely accessible and well signposted. Just stop at the sign along the road and follow the dirt path to the location, which is visible from the road.

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