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Canary Islands Day, the great festivity of the archipelago

26 Apr 2022

Get to know the most special date for the Canary Islanders.

On May 30, the Canary Islands Day is celebrated in all the islands of the archipelago. It is a day to support traditions, the authenticity of those of us who live here and our history.

History of the Day of the Canary Islands

The Day of the Canary Islands commemorates the anniversary of the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, which occurred on May 30, 1983.

On that day, the Parliament of the Canary Islands was established as the administration and control body of the province.

Logically, it is celebrated as a public holiday throughout the Canarian archipelago: El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Graciosa, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

How is Canary Islands Day celebrated?

On this special day, there are many corners of the archipelago that put on the typical costume and dance steps are marked with the music of a rondalla.

Every May 30, festivities are celebrated in the streets of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in which the island's tradition, history, culture and identity are lived: 

  • Paseo Romero: it is a meeting in the surroundings of the Santa Catalina Park and the beach de Las Canteras that highlights the traditions and popular culture of the islands in a playful and festive atmosphere. In it, several carts pulled by cows run through the area along with folk groups and pilgrims.

  • Craft Market: in the same area there is a craft market that sets the scene for a day of Canarian festivities with typical products made by island artisans, as well as costume jewellery, decoration and much more, for the enjoyment of anyone who comes.

  • Music Groups Meeting: the day before, in the popular neighborhood of Guanarteme in the capital of Gran Canaria, a meeting of music groups is held, as well as an exhibition of native sports and children's workshops.

  • Farmer's Market: in the traditional neighborhood of San Lorenzo in the capital city, its usual festive atmosphere is extended with folk music, children's workshops and tasting of Canarian products for all its customers.

Gastronomy to taste on Canarian Day

Canarian cuisine is characterized by miscegenation, the fusion of elements and a marked contrast of flavours, the result of high-quality products and ingredients. And on this special day there is nothing better than enjoying the delights of island cuisine.

For Canarians, food is part of our identity, of vital importance in our culture and in our daily lives. For this reason, it is easy to find good places to eat the best of Canarian gastronomy.

Canarian cheeses convey characteristics that make them unique and special: paprika, oil, gofio, smoked, fresh and tender, raw milk...

In the Canary Islands there are three Protected Designations of Origin with specific specificities in terms of excellence: Majorero cheese from Fuerteventura, the Palmero cheese from La Palma and the Flor de Guía cheese, made in Gran Canaria. 

Special mention deserves the unique Canarian wines, a product of the volcanic nature of the islands. Reds, whites, rosés, full-bodied, fruity, very aromatic… Talking about wine in the Canary Islands is talking about roots and love for the land.

The wine production of the archipelago is not only diverse but of great quality, something that is reflected in the ten Denominations of Origin that the Canary Islands have and in the numerous awards they receive each year.

And we have not yet talked about typical Canarian dishes as important as wrinkled potatoes with mojo, ropa vieja, sancocho or gofio, among others; not to mention products as popular as the Canarian banana.

Enjoy Canarian Day at Dunas Hotels

At Dunas Hotels we are very proud to be Canarian and we try to show it in our day to day life, and also in some of the activities that we prepare in the different hotels that we have in Gran Canaria.

That's why we join the celebration. We want to spend this special day with all of you and transmit everything we can about our island, our archipelago, our history and also our customs. 

It is a day of family celebration, so in our hotels some activities are organized to enjoy this day together. If you are going to be with us this day, sign up for the Canary Islands Day celebration at Dunas Hotels!