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Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
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How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
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Three places off the usual tourist track in Tenerife
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An ascent of Bejenado
Four best places to visit in Fuerteventura
Up The Monte: Exploring Gran Canaria's Wine Country
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A lovely walk from Mirador de Jinama to The bell tower Joapira
Walk the beautiful arid landscapes of Fuerteventura – Betancuria
In Gran Canaria And Sick of Sand? Head To The Parque Sur For A Siesta
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A walk from Arenas Blancas to Verodal (Local walk reference SL-EH2)
Tijarafe: touring La Palma's sunny northwest
Eco-friendly relaxation in the north of Lanzarote
Life’s A Beach At San Sebastian de La Gomera
5 Brilliant Things You Should See and Do in Santa Cruz
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8 reasons why you must visit the Cactus Garden in Lanzarote
The grand array of Markets of Fuerteventura: which Market to visit?
A day-trip to Puntallana Hiking, history, and La Palma's most famous beach
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19 Mar 2018

Ciudad Jardín or the Garden City is an area of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city that flies under most visitor’s radars.

At first glance, it looks like a residential area with large houses behind hibiscus and bougainvillaea hedges but in fact, it holds many of the city’s architectural treasures as well as a lovely park and a gorgeous art gallery.

The history of the Garden City

The Garden City was countryside and banana plantations until the beginning of the 20th Century. The first building was the Anglican Church which still stands in its shady garden on Calle Rafael Ramirez. It’s always open on Sunday mornings.

Most of the houses in the Garden city were built in the 1930s when modern Bauhaus-inspired designs emerged and competed with the home-grown Neocanarian style.

Neocanarianism is a homegrown style developed by local architects; it took classical elements of Canarian houses, such as wooden balconies and stone detailing, and combined them with modern architecture techniques and designs.

The palm-lined streets of the garden city in Las Palmas

The best example of the Neocanarian style is the Pueblo Canario by the Hotel Santa Catalina at the south end of the Garden City. The hotel itself, dating from 1890, is festooned with traditional Canarian balconies.

In the Garden City, as des-res then as it is now, wealthy British merchants and local businessmen chose a style and built their homes, leaving a charming architectural legacy.

The most interesting examples of both Modern and Neocanarian styles in the Garden City are highlighted in this Modernist Architecture guide created by the Las Palmas Town Hall.  

What to do in the Garden City

The Garden City is a quiet area ideal for a stroll, especially if you love architecture. However, there are only so many buildings you can look at before you need a coffee or a cold beer.

So, once you’ve had your fill of facades head to the Parque Doramas behind the Santa Catalina Hotel. The lower zone is a large, formal garden complete with a lake and waterfall, children’s play park, lots of beds of subtropical plants and trees, and a pleasant outdoor cafe.

Tropical frangipani florwers in the garden city

Over the road, there’s a steep area of lawn and trees that stretches up the hill; ideal for a lazy afternoon.

For a city-centre park, Parque Doramas teems with life. Escaped parakeets squawk away in the palm trees and big orange Monarch butterflies flit amongst the bushes.

Have a good look in the lake as it holds some huge koi carp and even a couple of swans. The little stream at the north edge of the lake is full of tropical fish such as mollies and cichlids as well as raucous frogs.

There’s a little stone path hidden here by the steps up to the cafe that nobody knows about. It's only about 10 metres long but puts you right over the stream under a big tree. It’s one of the most peaceful spots in Las Palmas as all you can hear is water, birdsong and croaking frogs.

Parque Doramas, un Las Palmas garden city

On Sundays, it’s well worth heading to the Pueblo Canario for the weekly display of Canarian dancing and music. Also, pop into the Museo Nestor for an overview of Gran Canaria’s most famous artist: Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre.

The highlight here is the round room featuring Nestor’s Poema del Mar; a series of vivid Modernist paintings of monstrous fish eating sailors during a storm.

Detail from the Poema del mar in the Museo Nestor

As well as an accomplished Modernist painter, Nestor designed the whole Pueblo Canario although he died before it was built.

Once you’ve had your fill of the park, walk east through the grounds of the Santa Catalina Hotel towards the sea. Cross busy Leon y Castillo street, the longest in the city, and head through the underpass and you arrive in Las Palmas’ marina.

Here, boat shoes and waterfront drinks are the order of the day and there are several restaurants perched right by the pontoons. If you see anyone feeding the fish, hang around as the marina’s resident barracuda often appear for a snack of fat harbour mullet.

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