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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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Hotel Maspalomas Princess

Hotel Maspalomas Princess

Avda. Tour Operador TUI, s/n, San Bartolome de Tirajana
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Maspalomas, this resort is within a 10-minute walk of Maspalomas Golf Course and Maspalomas Dunes. Holiday World Maspalomas and Maspalomas Botanical ...

ClubHotel Riu Gran Canaria - All Inclusive

ClubHotel Riu Gran Canaria - All Inclusive

Urb. Las Meloneras s/n, San Bartolome de Tirajana
4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

This family-friendly San Bartolome de Tirajana resort is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Maspalomas Lighthouse and La Charca Lagoon. Meloneras ...

Hotel Roca Negra

Hotel 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 ...

€124

€124
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
4.2 out of 5 (4 reviews)

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

€149

€149
RK Hotel Aloe Canteras

RK Hotel Aloe Canteras

Calle Sagasta, 98, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from La Luz Castle, and 3 mi (4.9 km) from San Telmo Park. ...

€52

€52
BlueBay Beach Club

BlueBay Beach Club

Avda. Pablo Picasso Nº 6, San Bartolome de Tirajana
4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (47 reviews)

Located in Bahia Feliz, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of El Aguila Beach, Sioux City Park, and Las Burras Beach. San Agustin Beach and El Salvador Ecumenical ...

€57

€57
Hotel Santa Catalina

Hotel Santa Catalina

Calle Leon Y Castillo, 227, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
5.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (6 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 ...

€101

€101
Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa

Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa

Avenida de los Marrero, 2, Mogan
4.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (7 reviews)

This family-friendly Mogan hotel is located in Playa de Mogan, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Las Gananias, Mogan Port, and Gran Canaria Divers. Lago Taurito Water ...

€210

€210
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, Mogan Port, and Gran Canaria Divers. Lago Taurito Water ...

€94

€94
Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

Barranco de la Verga S/N, Mogan
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Located in Arguineguin, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 6 mi (10 km) of Puerto Rico Marina, Puerto Rico Beach, and Amadores Beach. Cura ...

€223

€223

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