Fascinating historical places to visit

 Are you interested in the history of the Canary Islands? Do you want to know on whose land you are going to venture? Did you ever heard of the two words : The Guanches? Read about the first inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Oceanbooking invites you to discover the fascinating places full of history!

 After the spanish explorer and the conquerors set foot on the Canary Islands, they found that the islands were already inhabited by indigenous civilization. Believed to be of north African Berber origin, the Guanches migrated from North Africa possibly around 1,000 BC, possibly later. They were Berber, tall and fair-haired, and the Spanish found them living a Stone Age existence in caves.

Just like what happened in the Americas around the same time, much knowledge was lost when Spain finally conquered the island in 1496. As the aborigines died fighting, succumbed to new diseases brought by the Conquistadors, or were shipped off as slaves.

Tenerife was the last island to fall because of fierce resistance by the brave Guanche.

Tenerife has a rich historical background, interesting monuments and museums spread along the island will help you to discover the amazing past of this island, which has been a bridge between continents and civilizations. Now it is time to start this initial journey through canary History :

  • Santa Cruz’s Museum of Nature and Man : The most famous fact about The Guanche is that they mummified their dead. Go find out the mummies and and lots of information for history buffs.

 

  • Teide National Park, The pyramids in Güimar and caves through the Island : Find the aboriginal remains and artefacts about the Guanches.

 

  • Adeje :  A statue of El Gran Tinerfe sits at the village entrance. El Gran Tinerfe was the last king to rule the entire island. He ruled from Adeje, around a hundred years before the Conquest, and is said to have been so wise that on his death his kingdom was divided by his sons into nine parts, one for each.

 

  • Candelaria : Discover the imposing statues of the nine sons of the Guanches king Tinerfe which line the seafront in Candelaria, depicting the rulers of the nine regions are probably the best-known face of the Guanche.

  • Acentejo : In the north of the island, La Matanza and La victoria are the sites of important battles during the Conquest. La Matanza meaning slaughter and La Victoria meaning victory, refer to the battles from the Spanish point of view.

 

 

Fascinating right? Book now to discover that historical tresorery!