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The origins of the history of the Canary Islands are intertwined with myths and legends and several different theories exist. In any case we must go back to classical times in order to find the first historical references to Gran Canaria. Research into the Island’s earliest population points to a link with North Africa and the Berber cultural heritage. It would seem that the island was colonised at around 500 B.C. Most of the many people and cultures that arrived in the archipelago during the pre-Hispanic period settled in Gran Canaria.

The conquest of the Island, which took place during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs in the last third of the fifteenth century, was fiercely resisted by the natives of the Island. The definitive annexation of Gran Canaria by the Crown of Castile was the work of Pedro de Vera, who, in 1483, completed the conquest that was started earlier by Juan Rejón. The conquest took place in two phases: firstly, the landing and subsequent construction of Real de Las Palmas at the mouth of the Guiniguada ravine; and, secondly, Vera’s military campaign, which ended with the subjugation of the aboriginal people of Gáldar, as well as the campaign for the pacification of the southern slopes of the island.

From this time onwards the Crown of Castile began to infiltrate the Island of Gran Canaria in political, social and economic terms. The capital of Gran Canaria became the administrative centre and epicentre of the planning of the archipelago (the Bishopric of the Canaries, the Court of the Holy Inquisition, the Royal Court of the Canaries…). During the 17th century, some cracks started appearing in the splendour of Gran Canaria, which was caused by a lull in the exportation of agricultural products to America and also to the rest of Europe.

Not until the mid-nineteenth century was the free port system established in the Canary Islands. This was a special economic regime designed to favour trading relations. This new regime, based on tax exemptions and facilities for free trade acted as a major trading attraction and the number of British ships and shipping companies calling in at the Island soon multiplied. Currently, the geographical isolation of Gran Canaria and the Archipelago in general is formally recognised in the Economic and Tax Regime Law, which has recently been adapted and somewhat diminished by the full incorporation of the Canary Islands within the European Union.

It was precisely because of the shipping traffic that the tourism industry was born in Gran Canaria. Over the years, tourism would eventually become the main source of income for the island, which would become one of the main tourist destinations in the world. From the second half of the 19th century, Gran Canaria started gaining popularity in European circles as a place of rest for tourists and the infirm. Shipping companies soon took advantage of the opportunity to equip their vessels with cabins for the transport of passengers. These companies would also take the initiative in the building of the first hotels on the island, one of which was the hotel of Santa Catalina (1890) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this being the only hotel dating from the early beginnings of tourism that still remains open.

The development of tourism and the services that had sprung up around tourism was interrupted by a number of wars (the World Wars and the Spanish Civil War) and it would only be in the fifties when the island would again receive any significant numbers of tourists. During this slump, the tourism industry could not even be revived by the opening of the Airport of Gran Canaria (called Gando in those times) in 1930.

At Christmas of 1957, an aeroplane of the Swedish airline, Transair AB, landed at Gando with all 54 of its seats occupied. This was the first of a series of charter flights with which Gran Canaria launched itself in the organised mass tourism market as well as the modern tourism industry.

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Gran Canaria — History and Culture

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The original inhabitants of Gran Canaria referred to the island as Tamaran, which is close to the Arabic word, tamar for “date palms.” The Romans were responsible for naming the island, Canaria.


It is believed that Gran Canaria’s first settlers came to the volcanic island from North Africa in the fifth century. Known as Guanches, they are of Berber descent and initially called the island the “Land of the Brave.”

In the early 14th century, Portuguese and French explorers arrived and attempted to invade the Tamarans. However, success was only achieved by the Spanish in 1478, led by Juan Rejon. The Doramas counterattacked but were defeated, and Pedro de Vera replaced Rejon. The Kingdom of Castile (present-day Spain) became successful in conquering the island using a campaign for Christianity under Queen Isabella I. The Guanche chief was converted to Christianity, which was the significant turning point in making the other islanders surrender in 1483.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in Gran Canaria and settled on Las Palmas to have one of his ships repaired before continuing his journey to the Americas. His stay in the capital is commemorated in Casa Colon in the old quarter, La Vegueta.

Other Europeans attempted to raid Gran Canaria and seize it from the Kingdom of Castile. One attack was led by Francis Drake, a British seaman. His arrival is marked by the Battle of Las Palmas, which started when he and his men attacked the Santa Ana and Santa Caterina fortresses of Las Palmas. Four English ships were damaged during the counterattack, forcing a retreat. The Dutch arrived in 1599 with Vice Admiral Pieter van der Does as their leader. The second raid partially destroyed the capital, making it one of the most significant events in the history of the island.

Gran Canaria started to progress economically in the 20th century after the Spanish civil war. The Suez Canal closed, but the seaport provided ample facilities and a new route for ships passing through to avoid the Arab-Israeli conflict. By the 1960’s, Gran Canaria’s economy was being driven largely by tourism.


Most locals of Gran Canaria are Roman Catholic, though an official religion doesn’t exist. People follow traditional Spanish social conventions and culture, but modern values and habits are also being acquired because of the influx of tourists and foreigners visiting throughout the year. Courtesy, chivalry and hospitality are still strong and evident.

It is customary for men to greet one another by shaking hands, while women give a kiss on the cheek. A small gift or token is appreciated when visiting someone’s home. Locals usually eat dinner late, between 9:00 p. m. and 11:00 p.m.

Casual but conservative clothing is acceptable, but travelers are expected to dress appropriately for upscale establishments. Beachwear should be limited to the pool, and must not be worn outside of resorts in Gran Canaria. The law bans smoking in cultural centers, hospitals, schools, public transportation, and schools. Some restaurants and bars have smoking permits.

Parties, festivals and celebrations seem to happen everyday on Gran Canaria, particularly in bustling commercial centers and southern resorts. Perhaps the biggest concert event is the Canary Islands Music Festival, which his held every year.

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    The history of Gran Canaria preserved – ancient hotels with a rich past

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    Hotel Santa Catalina

    One of the most famous and prestigious hotels in Gran Canaria is Santa Catalina, located in Las Palmas and occupies a unique old palace surrounded by a vast landscaped garden. The decor of the hotel fully corresponds to its irresistible appearance, every detail of its interior is a priceless antique exhibit. Luxurious dark wood furniture, huge beds with high carved headboards, antique handmade carpets and paintings in gilded frames adorn all rooms, reminiscent of the traditions of past centuries. During the reconstruction of the palace, it was possible to partially preserve the original decoration of wood and marble, high columns and arched openings were restored in some halls. nine0005

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    Hotel Viverde Las Tirajanas

    In a picturesque mountainous area in the village of San Bartolome de Tirajanas is a first-class hotel Hotel Viverde Las Tirajanas. He chose an old stone house as the location, which for hundreds of years managed to maintain its austere appearance and part of the interior decoration. In keeping with the traditions of yesteryear, massive wooden beds decorated with hand carvings have been installed in all rooms, and in the most romantic room, a huge four-poster bed takes center stage. Even the fabrics in the rooms and public areas of the hotel are selected in accordance with the traditions of past centuries. nine0005

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    In the heart of the island, amid harmonious mountain scenery, Country House Gran Canaria is a charming country house that has also managed to maintain its historical charm and pristine environment. The house has a cozy living room with an old fireplace, furnished with very beautiful furniture and decorated with fresh flowers. Pleasant country-style fabrics, a variety of handmade interior decorations, beautiful paintings and clay pots with fresh flowers – a charming country house is ideal for exploring the culture and life of the indigenous population.


    Gran Canaria is famous for its luxurious resort hotels, which are often chosen by world celebrities for their holidays. Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria is located near Aquamarine Beach.

    San Bartolome also has an amazing country house Holiday home Los Naranjillos, which will not be easy to find among the dense thickets of tropical plants. The old house is located on top of a hill and is literally immersed in the greenery of the palm trees surrounding it. Lovers of country-style relaxation will certainly like it. Cozy rooms with whitewashed walls, furnished with beautiful antique furniture are available for accommodation. Beautiful stone terraces and even an old stove have been preserved on the adjacent territory, next to which there is a wonderful picnic area. nine0005

    Hotel Rural Las Calas

    The upscale Hotel Rural Las Calas, which occupies a unique 17th century building, will also appeal to connoisseurs of the traditions of yesteryear. In the course of numerous reconstructions, it was possible to preserve some of the beautiful wood finishes, including the beamed ceilings under the ceiling. The cozy rooms with whitewashed walls are decorated with antique furniture, each of the rooms has its own unique feature. In one of them, an old fireplace has been preserved, and in the other, a beautiful wooden ceiling. In the public areas of the hotel, a rich collection of antique dishes and handicrafts is presented. nine0005

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    On the picturesque island, there are many wonderful hotels for a romantic getaway. The fashionable hotel h20 Playa Meloneras Palace enjoys well-deserved popularity among lovers. Decorated in the style of … Open

    In the Tejeda area, there is also an attractive old villa – Casa Santana Segura. For guests, it was equipped with two cozy rooms with a romantic design, they are equipped with antique lacquered furniture made of precious wood and decorated with natural fabrics of light shades. The old villa has also preserved a wonderful patio, which today is equipped with a cozy seating area with sun loungers.