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The history of the Canary Islands is shadowed in myths and legends. Early settlers believed the islands were the mythical, disappeared land of Atlantis. There are a handful of theories about its early settlers, but it is widely believed that Gran Canaria was populated by 500 BC. The natives, known as Guanches, are widely thought to have migrated from North Africa. They had primitive tools and weapons and lived mostly in caves.

After the Roman Empire collapsed, Europe neglected the Canary Islands for about 1,000 years. Mediterranean sailors rediscovered the region at the beginning of the 14th century. Until this time, 30,000 Guanches had been living peacefully. Then the Europeans travelled to the islands to obtain slaves and furs.

The Guanches successfully fought off Spanish invasion until Pedro de Vera, the leader of the Spanish forces, completed his country’s conquest of Gran Canaria by 1483. The Spanish killed many Guanches during this period, and the majority of the native survivors were forced to become slaves.

Calls for the independence of the Canary Islands began toward the end of the 19th century after Cuba won independence from Spain. In 1912, the Island Council’s Law brought about many infrastructural projects including the airport, a motorway network, and reservoirs. These projects led to the establishment of the tourism industry.

In 1927, the archipelago was divided into two separate provinces, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

In 1982, the Canary Islands passed the Autonomous Government Statutes.

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Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogan

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogan

Avenida Los Marrero 35, Mogan
5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Located in Playa de Mogan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Las Gananias and Mogan Port. Lago Taurito Water Park is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

€233

€233
Apartamentos Cordial Mogán Valle

Apartamentos Cordial Mogán Valle

Avda Los Marreros 4, Mogan
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Mogan apartment is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Las Gananias and Mogan Port. Lago Taurito Water Park is 2.8 mi (4.4 ...

€135

€135
Hotel Santa Catalina

Hotel Santa Catalina

Calle Leon Y Castillo, 227, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
5.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (7 reviews)

This family-friendly Las Palmas de Gran Canaria hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Doramas Park and San Telmo Park. Nestor Museum and Pueblo ...

€118

€118
Hotel Altamar

Hotel Altamar

Avda. La Cornisa nº 21, Mogan
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mogan, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Amadores Beach, Angry Birds Activity Park, and Puerto Rico Shopping Center. Puerto Rico Marina is 1.8 ...

Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort

Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort

Urbanizacion Salobre Golf s/n, San Bartolome de Tirajana
5.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Set in San Bartolome de Tirajana, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Meloneras Beach, Maspalomas Botanical Garden, and Holiday World Maspalomas. ...

€184

€184
Hotel Reina Isabel

Hotel Reina Isabel

Alfredo L. Jones 40, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Las Palmas de Gran Canaria hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Santa Catalina Park and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from San Telmo Park. Ciencia y la ...

€153

€153
Hotel Avenida de Canarias

Hotel Avenida de Canarias

Avenida de las Canarias, 264, Santa Lucia
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Vecindario, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cocodrilo Park, El Aguila Beach, and Sioux City Park. San Agustin Beach and Las Burras Beach are ...

€50

€50
Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto Business & Convention Hotel

Elba Vecindario Aeropuerto Business & Convention Hotel

Avenida Del Atlantico 353, Santa Lucia
4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located in Vecindario, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cocodrilo Park, El Aguila Beach, and Sioux City Park. San Agustin Beach and Las Burras Beach are ...

€84

€84
AC Hotel Gran Canaria by Marriott

AC Hotel Gran Canaria by Marriott

Eduardo Benot, 3, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
4.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

A 25-minute free shuttle ride from Gran Canaria Airport, this central Las Palmas hotel is a short walk from the Atlantic beach at AC Lounge - a prime spot for ...

€108

€108
Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra

Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra

Avenida Alfredo Kraus 42, Agaete
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

This family-friendly Agaete hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Agaete Botanical Gardens and Agaete Ferry Dock. Agaete Natural Pools is ...

€135

€135
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