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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 Santa Catalina by Barcelo Hotel Group

Hotel Santa Catalina by Barcelo Hotel Group

Calle Leon Y Castillo, 227, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
5.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (12 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 ...

€126

€126
Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra

Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra

Avenida Alfredo Kraus 42, Agaete
4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (5 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
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
4.5 out of 5 (4 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. ...

€178

€178
Riosol Hotel

Riosol Hotel

C/ Isla De Lobos Nº1, Mogan
3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (7 reviews)

This family-friendly Mogan hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Amadores Beach, Angry Birds Activity Park and Puerto Rico Shopping Center. ...

€74

€74
Hotel Reina Isabel

Hotel Reina Isabel

Alfredo L. Jones 40, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
4.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (6 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 ...

€146

€146
Apartamentos Cordial Mogán Valle

Apartamentos Cordial Mogán Valle

Avda Los Marreros 4, Mogan
4.5 out of 5.0
2.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

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 ...

€137

€137
Apartamentos Green Park

Apartamentos Green Park

Av. Tenerife 4, Playa Del Ingles
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Playa del Ingles, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Kasbah Shopping Center and El Salvador Ecumenical Temple. Yumbo Shopping Center and Las ...

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium, Spa & Casino

Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort, Corallium, Spa & Casino

Mar Mediterraneo 1, San Bartolome de Tirajana
4.5 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Located in Meloneras, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maspalomas Lighthouse and La Charca Lagoon. Maspalomas Golf Course and Meloneras Beach are ...

€200

€200
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
4.6 out of 5 (10 reviews)

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

€161

€161
Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa

Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa

Avenida de los Marrero, 2, Mogan
5.0 out of 5 (9 reviews)

This family-friendly Mogan hotel is located in Playa de Mogan, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Las Gananias and Mogan Port. Lago Taurito Water Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 ...

€280

€280
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