Lanzarote will soon feature a new attraction for cultural and historical tourism

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 18-10-2023
  • Lanzarote
  • Photo Credit: Tourinews
Lanzarote will soon feature a new attraction for cultural and historical tourism

Lanzarote is set to become home to a new tourist attraction, which could position itself as a focal point for cultural and historical tourism in the archipelago. This attraction is the archaeological site of San Marcial de Rubicón, the first European settlement in the Canary Islands, and the best representation of the coexistence of indigenous and European cultures during the conquest of the archipelago, a process that extended into the 15th century.

Currently, the site is being excavated by a team of archaeologists from the universities of La Laguna and Las Palmas, with the support of the Canary Islands Government and the Yaiza City Council. The research is set to conclude on October 20th, but already, bone remains of at least five individuals, three adults and two children, have been discovered, along with a carved stone bearing a cross found in the same burial area.

It has been hailed as an archaeological site of great historical significance since, in addition to the first cathedral in the Canary Islands and the remains of the early inhabitants, researchers have also uncovered other structures. So far, a total of four wells have been found, with two of them being particularly noteworthy for their engineering.

Furthermore, the site is located very close to Punta del Papagayo in the south of Lanzarote, where the well-known Papagayo Beach is situated, one of the most visited sandy shores by tourists on the island.