Canary Island History

Explore Spanish history whilst staying in Villas in Canary Islands!

The original inhabitants of the Canary Islands staggeringly date back to around 3000 BC! However, the first recorded inhabitants were called ‘The Guanches’ who are believed to be the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands, based in Tenerife. From what we know The Guanches migrated to the archipelago around 1000 BC and although it is generally considered that the Guanches no longer exist as a distinct ethnicity today, small parts of their culture can still be witnessed within the culture of the Canary Islands, Canarian traditions and customs. The Guanches were the only native people known to have lived in the Macaronesian region before the arrival of Europeans.

Discover a unique history whilst self-catering in the Canary Islands

The Guanches lived (up to the Castilian conquest which took place between 1402 and 1496) in a sort of Stone Age culture, generally in tribes under one king. They had many places of worship and temples. Interestingly the cave in Güímar in Tenerife is among the so-called pyramids of Güímar, the replica of a Guanches temple from the 19th century. This is well worth exploring whilst staying in holiday homes in Canary Islands, there is also the place of worship in the cave of Belmaco on La Palma and the Queseras in Lanzarote! It is also understood that the Guanches followed Egyptian tradition of the mummification of bodies and you can choose to see evidence of this whilst on holiday self-catering in Spain first hand by visiting the Guanche mummies in the museums of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas!

Holiday homes in the Canary Islands

In around 1441, midway through the Castillian conquest, the Spanish Franciscan monk Didacus of Alcalá was assigned to the new friary in Arrecife, Lanzaorte and in 1445 he founded a monastery in Fuerteventura and played a key role in introducing Christianity to the people on the Canary Islands. So along with the temples of The Guanches, as with so much of Spain there are also many ancient churches of this period that are well worth visiting whilst you stay in one of our Spain holiday villas to rent on the Canary Islands. By 1495 the last of the Canary Islands – Tenerife & La Palma, were finally subdued by Alonso Fernández de Lugo.

History of the Canary Islands

In the 16th and 17th centuries pirates roamed in the surrounding waters, they destroyed the villages of the islands, robbed people and sold them as slaves on the mainland of Spain. In 1852 archipelago was declared a free trade zone and in 1982 an autonomous community of Spain, which was able to elect its own parliament. If you are on holiday in one of our holiday villas to rent on the Canary Islands on May the 30th then celebrate the National Day of the Canary Islands with the locals which commemorates the formation of the first parliament!

Book a holiday home today and discover an amazing diverse region rich in history!