Going Local in Gran Canaria
How to Turn a Holiday Destination
into a Home

Making Yourself at Home Plans: Nature Lovers

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Follow in the footsteps of 16th-century Flemish merchant Daniel Van Damme by descending 200 metres to the bottom of the Caldera de Bandama. This crater’s named after Van Damme who first planted vines there. A half-hour trek will reward you with sights of volcanic ash, endemic botanic species and even an abandoned farm. Fawn over the flora on display at Tafira’s Jardin Botánico
Viera y Clavijo (Carretera del Centro KM 7; 928 21 95 80; www.jardincanario.org). The current director of this botanic garden, Dr David Bramwell MBE, in a past life was a bouncer at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club. A living monument to native Canarian vegetation, Bramwell and his team devote their time to the conservation, growing and studying of the 2,000 species of plants, 500 of which
are unique to the island. Off the road that links Arucas to its nearest beach, El Puertillo, you’ll come across the Jardín de la Marquesa (Lugar Hoyas 2; 928 60 44 86; www.jardindelamarquesa.
com), the Marchioness´ Garden. Belonging to the palatial Casa de la Marquesa which dates back to 1880, these Romantic-style gardens are open to the public from Monday to Saturday 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 6 pm – but it’s best to book in advance online. Guided tours can be arranged for groups numbering over 30 and the beautiful setting’s unsurprisingly a popular choice for wedding receptions.

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