GRAN CANARIA, THE RUM ROUTE.
The Canary Islands in general, and Gran Canaria in particular, was a bridge for the development and expansion of the cultivation of the raw material for rum: sugar cane. After the Conquest, sugar cane, along with trade, was the main source of wealth on the islands: during the first quarter of the 16th century, there were 25 sugar mills, also known as "trapiches". From the north to the south of the island, even in the present-day capital, the landscape was littered with sugar cane fields. In addition to exporting sugar, much of the sugar cane was used for the rum industry. Although only the Arehucas mill is still in operation today, albeit at full capacity, the island's rum spirit is kept alive through its factories, plantations and restaurants, where you'll never be short of a glass of good rum.