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The Canary Islands - Latitude of life

Historically revitalising

EXCURSION TO THE SPA IN AZUAJE (Firgas – Gran Canaria)
  • EXCURSION TO THE SPA IN AZUAJE (Firgas – Gran Canaria)
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1930
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
HOTEL SANTA CATALINA, postcard (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • HOTEL SANTA CATALINA, postcard (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Photographer: Norman, Carl
  • Year: 1893
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
HOTEL METROPOLE (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • HOTEL METROPOLE (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Photographer: Ojeda Pérez, Luis
  • Year: 1900
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
THE CAMEL DRIVER FROM THE PORT AND THE LADY (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • THE CAMEL DRIVER FROM THE PORT AND THE LADY (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Photographer: Da Luz Perestello, Jordao
  • Year: 1900
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
THE THERMAL PALACE (Puerto De la Cruz – Tenerife)
  • THE THERMAL PALACE (Puerto De la Cruz – Tenerife)
  • Photographer: Baena, E. Fernando
  • Year: 1915
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
POSTCARD OF THE THERMAL PALACE (Puerto de la Cruz – Tenerife)
  • POSTCARD OF THE THERMAL PALACE (Puerto de la Cruz – Tenerife)
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1905
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
PUBLICITY ABOUT THE CLIMATE OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
  • PUBLICITY ABOUT THE CLIMATE OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1905
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
EL POZO DE LA SALUD (El Hierro)
  • EL POZO DE LA SALUD (El Hierro)
  • Photographer: Brito Rodríguez, Miguel
  • Year: 1900
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
OLIVIA STONE AT THE CHARCO DE SAN GINÉS IN ARRECIFE, LANZAROTE
  • OLIVIA STONE AT THE CHARCO DE SAN GINÉS IN ARRECIFE, LANZAROTE
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1885
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
GRAN HOTEL –SANATORIO TAORO (Pto. De la Cruz - Tenerife)
  • GRAN HOTEL –SANATORIO TAORO (Pto. De la Cruz - Tenerife)
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1888
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
COLLAGE ON A POSTCARD PORTRAYING TYPICAL Canarian clothes AND A MAP OF THE ISLANDS
  • COLLAGE ON A POSTCARD PORTRAYING TYPICAL Canarian clothes AND A MAP OF THE ISLANDS
  • Printed postcard
  • Year: 1895
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
PARADOR – CASA DE POSTAS DE LA CUESTA (Tenerife)
  • PARADOR – CASA DE POSTAS DE LA CUESTA (Tenerife)
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1900
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
BOOK COVER:
  • BOOK COVER: "The Canary Islands as a winter resort"
  • Writer: John Whiteford
  • Year: 1890
  • Digitalised version belonging to the Orotava Canary Foundation for the History of Science (Tenerife)
BOOK:
  • BOOK: "Gran Canary as a health resort for consumptives and others"
  • Writer: Mordey Douglas
  • Year: 1887
  • Digitalised version belonging to the Orotava Canary Foundation for the History of Science (Tenerife)
BOOK:
  • BOOK: "Gran Canary as a health resort for consumptives and others"
  • Writer: Mordey Douglas
  • Year: 1887
  • Advertisements for shipping lines going to the Canary Islands
  • Digitalised version belonging to the Orotava Canary Foundation for the History of Science (Tenerife)
Book:
  • Book: "Madeira and The Canary Islands: a handbook for tourists"
  • Writer: Harold Lee
  • Year: 1888
  • Table showing the average temperature for each month of the year for Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz and La Orotava
  • Digitalised version belonging to the Orotava Canary Foundation for the History of Science (Tenerife)
Playa de Martiánez – Pto. De la Cruz – Tenerife
  • Playa de Martiánez – Pto. De la Cruz – Tenerife
  • Photographer: Benítez Tugores, Adalberto
  • Year: 1925-1927
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
PATIO OF THE EUROPA HOTEL. CASA FALCÓN. ON THE CORNER OF PEREGRINA AND REMEDIOS STREETS
  • PATIO OF THE EUROPA HOTEL. CASA FALCÓN. ON THE CORNER OF PEREGRINA AND REMEDIOS STREETS
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1900-1905
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
ARRIVAL OF KING ALFONSO XIII LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
  • ARRIVAL OF KING ALFONSO XIII LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1906
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
FUENTE Y BALNEARIO DE AGUAS
GARDENS OF THE TAORO HOTEL
TAORO HOTEL AND TEIDE
TAORO HOTEL
TAORO HOTEL AND GARDENS
GARDENS OF THE SANTA CATALINA HOTEL AND THE ISLETA
  • GARDENS OF THE SANTA CATALINA HOTEL AND THE ISLETA
  • Photographer: Norman, Carl
  • Year: 1893
  • Provided by: José A. Pérez Cruz
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org
SANTA CATALINA HOTEL, RECEPTION FOR KING ALFONSO XIII
  • SANTA CATALINA HOTEL, RECEPTION FOR KING ALFONSO XIII
  • Photographer: Unidentified
  • Year: 1906
  • Provided by: CARIDAD RODRÍGUEZ PÉREZ-GALDÓS
  • www.fotosantiguascanarias.org

Since the times of the Greeks, the Canary Islands have been known for their health properties and the healing effects of the climate.

From the 17th century onwards the expeditions led by such renowned explorers and naturalists of the time as William Dampier, Nicolás Baudin, James Cook or Alexander von Humboldt, stopped over in the islands and contributed to spreading the word about the benefits of the climate of the Canary Islands for combating lung disease and other complaints. In the 18th century, after his visit to the islands, William Anderson, a doctor and naturalist on board the "Resolution", the frigate that formed part of James Cook’s third voyage, wrote: "the air and the climate are very healthy and particularly suited to giving relief to such illnesses as tuberculosis". What’s more, he advised doctors to recommend their patients to travel to the Canary archipelago.

Later on, the doctor, John White, also stressed the unique benefits of the Canary climate: "I know none better for the convalescence of the ill".

These first pioneers in spreading the excellence of the Canary climate were succeeded by doctors from all over Europe who, when travel abroad became popular, began to recommend the Canary Islands for therapy based on bathing in sea water and life in the open air with the benefits provided by the sea breeze. Following their recommendations, at the end of the 19th century, thousands of tourists were already visiting the islands to cure or relieve rheumatic, skin and, above all, respiratory diseases. The Canary Islands had become an exceptional destination for revitalization, for the renewal of body and mind through all types of treatments using therapeutic qualities from the natural elements.

Thanks to the growing demand, the first “health” hotels or sanatoriums sprang up in the islands. They were high quality establishments which laid the foundations for the tourist development of later years and which preceded some of the best resorts and hotels in Europe, now found in the Canary Islands. The first one was the Sanatorium in the Valle de la Orotava, opened on the12th September 1886. The Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz, and the Hotel Santa Catalina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria soon followed suit.

Nowadays travellers from all over the world still visit the Canary Islands to renew body and mind. The mild temperatures, the number of daylight hours, the pure sea air, the waters, together with all the natural resources make the archipelago a paradise of well-being.

The expert’s
opinion
"We can safely say that the climate has an important impact on people´s emotions. A suitable number of sunlight hours have a positive effect on people´s moods".

Bernardo Hernández Ruiz Environmental psychologist