Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

Canary Island History


The rich heritage of Gran Canaria is strongly linked to modern-day life on the island. When the Canary Islands were first discovered off the coast of Morocco, the land mass was considered to be the end of the earth. Little is known about the initial discovery of the Canary Islands and the island’s group of early inhabitants, apart from inserts found in journals written at the time.

It is said that the discovery of this archipelago inspired Columbus’ venture into the new world. At the same time, the discovery of the islands is also thought to have been a source of conflict among many European Monarchs eager to protect their land from other continents. Despite all of the political struggles over the years, it has been largely isolated from the outside world.

Today, several pieces of land have been preserved in order to find out more about the life of the aboriginal people that originally inhabited this fascinating island. It is clear to researchers that they maintained a strong link to the land, cultivating various fruits and crops. Barley appears to have been a significant dietary staple for the population. Given the island’s abundance of aquatic wildlife, fishing undoubtedly also played a large role in their survival.

Delve into local archaeological sites

Discovered by a group of archaeologists, Cenobio de Valerón was used to hide valuable crops from unwanted intruders, such as invading pirates, by the island’s early inhabitants. If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the everyday life of the island’s Aborigine population can visit the Cueva Pintada Museum. This aboriginal housing settlement provides clues and relics from a time that pre-dates the European colonization of the island. The excavation of the village took 24 years of pain-staking work to complete. Fortunately for visitors, the reserve is now open to the public, though only by guided tour.
 

From the past to the present

Locals are proud of their rich heritage and the mystery that surrounds the island’s past. Many of the islands traditions are represented in the handcrafted works and paintings, which typically make popular souvenirs. When staying at the Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria, you can explore the island’s history as well as its natural beauty due to its central location on the island.