In Greek mythology, Europa was a Phoenician princess who was abducted by Zeus in bull form and taken to the island of Crete, where she gave birth to Minos, Rhadamanthus and Sarpedon. For Homer, Europe (Greek: Εὐρώπη Eurṓpē; see also List of traditional Greek place names) was a mythological queen of Crete, not a geographical designation. Later Europa stood for mainland Greece, and by 500 BC its meaning had been extended to lands to the north.
In etymology one theory suggests the name Europe is derived from the Greek words meaning broad (eurys) and face (ops) - broad having been an epithet of Earth itself in the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European religion; see Prithvi (Plataia). A minority, however, suggest this Greek popular etymology is really based on a Semitic word such as the Akkadian erebu meaning "sunset", cognate to Arabic maghreb, Hebrew ma'ariv. (see also Erebus).
From the Middle Eastern vantage point, the sun does set over Europe, the lands to the west. Likewise, Asia is sometimes thought to have derived from a Semitic word such as the Akkadian asu, meaning "sunrise", and is the land to the east from a Middle Eastern perspective. For centuries, the Turks used the term Frengistan (land of the Franks) in referring to Europe.
The majority of major world languages use words derived from "Europa" to refer to the continent - e.g. Chinese uses the word Ōuzhōu (歐洲), which is an abbreviation of the transliterated name Ōuluóbā zhōu (歐羅巴洲).
AnswerEurope is named after a woman - Europa. I think the Greek gave these names to all the places they knew - Africa was Africana etc.
Europa (ropes) were created to physically separate the enlightened people of Africa (think Pyramids, abundant resources of rich land, foods, gold etc....) from the barbarian people of the northern lands who were fighting their ways out of the recent Ice age and then later the Dark ages.
They tend to be called gorges rather than canyons, except perhaps in Spain, but two of the best known are the Ardeche Gorge and the Bourne Gorge, both in France. Crete has one or two; the UK has its more modest Cheddar Gorge; and there are others scattered around Europe's mountainous areas.