The aim of the Faro de Maspalomas Ethnographic Centre is to showcase local craft trades and products in the context of the history of Gran Canaria. The items at the Ethnographic Centre were sourced from the rich and varied craft products held by the FEDAC and its documentary holdings (publications, photos, audio and video recordings, etc.). Information about craft trades were also gathered from external documentary sources, with special emphasis on the writings of travellers who visited the Canary Islands and described the craft practices on Gran Canaria.
Geographical and historical space
This project is part of a modern trend of creating cultural spaces to complement sun and beach tourism, and will fill a gap in the island’s museums and cultural centres by showcasing the past and present craft practices of Gran Canaria. The feasibility of these types of actions has been demonstrated in various parts of the island, where the creation of small museums and interpretation centres has boosted the cultural and economic life of the borough. Maspalomas Lighthouse is at the heart of tourism on Gran Canaria and is the epicentre of the spread of tourism infrastructure that began in the 1960s. Since the first Maspalomas Costa Canaria project, in the early 1960s, tourism has been the mainstay of the economy in the south of the island, mostly on the coast and in the surrounding area.
Despite the predominance of tourism, the south of the island lacks cultural attractions as an alternative for tourists to raise awareness through historic heritage. The Centre proposed in this project is an exceptional opportunity to complement the predominant sun and beach tourism in the south of the island, giving visitors the chance to discover the recent history of a society that they visit but rarely interact with.