Gran Canaria, the history of a healthy island
The island’s historians date back to the 17th century, with the first writings on the existence of medical spring water of heaven-sent qualities. These were springs from which the island’s first inhabitants drank a slightly carbonated liquid of rich mineral content that proved to be highly beneficial to their health.
During the second half of the 19th century, Gran Canaria was quite known to the wealthy tourists of northern and central Europe, who visited the island and took medicinal baths in the ancient resorts of Azuaje and Los Berrazales, in the north of Gran Canaria, as they enjoyed the island’s excellent weather any time of the year.
Nowadays, those stately buildings are out of use, although highly-therapeutic water still flows in the ancient Doramas forest – where Azuaje was located -, at a spot that boasts the best of the islands’ fine weather.
Likewise, on the Los Berrazales ravine, at the seaside town of Agaete, we find the remains of the ancient resort of the same name, one that profited from a fertile valley with iron-filled spring water of great healing power for those suffering from rheumatism and stomach and lung ailments.
Apart from these traditional resorts, Gran Canaria was also viewed as one of the best health tourism destinations thanks to the great vision of Eduardo Filiputti, the Italian who built a heliotherapy centre in the Maspalomas Dunes during the 1960s. The spa – which made use of the beneficial effects of sun and sand – was brought down in 1990 as part of a plan to recover the ecosystem.
Today, one century and several decades later, Gran Canaria is consolidated as one of the most beneficial natural surroundings for the treatment of chronic diseases, or simply to recover vital energies thanks to a perfect combination of mild temperature, mineral-rich water, and privileged golden sand beaches.
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