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History

Did you know that the original inhabitants of Gran Canaria were aborigines called Guanches and according to the legends they had light hair and blue eyes? There is evidence they were on the island already in the VIIth century. The island was then called Tamaran and the Guanche people were very brave and proud; during the Spanish conquest in 15th century they preferred to jump off the biggest cliff rather than be defeated by the Spanish.

If you want to learn more about Guanche history and see some archeological curiosities from the early days of Gran Canaria, visit the cave museum "Cueva pintada" in the north of the island (in Galdar). It used to be a center for rituals of the aborigenes and today apart from the museum showing us the history and origins of the island, it is also a centre for archeological studies to clear the unknown facts from the early days of the island.

Now let's learn something from Guanche language: "Tamaragua Tamaran!" Welcome to Gran Canaria!

Cueva pintada

 

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