Las Canteras beach, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain, 1977. The tourist beach of Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In the seventies, the Canary Islands were one of the most relaxed holiday destinations for many Northern Europeans. Thousands moved to the beaches of southern Europe for sunbathing. All hotels on the island were booked up during the high season. The photo shows the first peak of mass tourism in the European area.