Gran Canaria, Spain, has a unique location, and as far as we’re concerned, it's the center of the world.
All the following locations are within a 5 hour flight time from Gran Canaria:
New York, Washington D.C., Florida.
Natal, Salvador, Barbados.
Liberia, Nigeria, Morocco.
Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, Manchester, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Nice, Cannes, Porto, Lisbon, Milan, Venice, Athens, Antalya, Budapest, Zürich, Hamburg, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, ...
The days in the Canary Islands are long and sunny with mild temperatures and few variations. The thermometers registers between 19ºC and 24ºC on average all year round due to the presence of the Trade Winds and the thermal inversion that they generate. There are very few cloud formations and rain is scarce. Just add water; perfect.
The main objective of Unesco’s Man and Biosphere Project (MaB), which involves more than 650 Biosphere Reserves worldwide, is to maintain a lasting balance between the different aspects that characterize a given territory: inhabitants, habits, cultural heritage, biodiversity, natural resources, economy, landscape, and also emphasizes the future socio-economic development of the populations living in the region.
Unesco declared the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve in June 2005 due to the greatness of its landscapes, its beautiful pine forests and its rich biodiversity, and covers most of the southwest part of the island including La Aldea de San Nicolás.
The extraordinary archaeological and ethnographic cultural heritage of this land, and traditional agriculture practices still adhered to today, arise from an intimate symbiosis between people and their environment. An attractive mosaic of small settlements and terraced crops still exist, and the local culture and inhabitants live in harmony with the environment, maintaining a strong and unique, somehow intangible tradition in spite of everything they’ve endured over the years.
KOKOON believes that Gran Canaria offers an exclusive opportunity to stimulate the rational use of the island’s biodiversity for the benefit of local population, in both terrestrial and marine environments. Through close and empathetic engagement with the community, and working with elders respectfully, KOKOON’s plans include irrigating the surrounding land for agricultural use and supply of the local populations clean drinking water needs, re-habilitation of surrounding lands, reversing environmental degradation, building safe habitats for indigenous species including migratory bird and marine life, providing training and employment opportunities throughout the entire scope of our many projects already slated and those to come in the future, assist in local education, and provide support for the community wherever we can.
KOKOON sees that the betterment of, and successful engagement with the local community will be mutually beneficial, and set KOKOON apart as the best employer ever. We will oversee a more equal distribution of income throughout our businesses. We will look after our staff, and the community, and this collective positive energy will translate into the vibe of the whole area, and ultimately benefit our clients, and everyone else.
This approach aligns KOKOON with current UN policy, whereby we work within existing technologies to move forward towards a fairer, more sustainable future collectively, with the capacity to change and adapt to new circumstances as they present themselves. Meeting the demands of the UN’s sustainable development agenda for 2030, that a new economic order is needed to reshape multilateralism and align all public investments with climate action, is something we believe business has a role to play with private investments constructively, and this is a matter of moral necessity for KOKOON.
There are thirteen museums in the area, among them the gofio mill, tomato packaging factory, the little food shop, the orchard allotment with its well, even the peasant’s house with its cheese making facility, and the bread oven and the maize toaster for making gofio.
KOKOON will be paying close attention to the significant architectural heritage of the indigenous people as well as to other designs, and ensure there is a respectfully thematic link to the cultural heritage of the area and the community carried in the design of the overall project.
Behind the bright colors, aromas and flavors, and music and art, is revealed the enormous struggle and effort of the indigenous people. They have not long ago lived through years of isolation and hardship, which they respectfully remember, and they definitely show visitors their fortified character.
This is La Aldea de San Nicolás, the most tucked away town in Gran Canaria, which is also, according to its neighbor’s from the rest of the island, the most welcoming and friendly.
The Aldea de San Nicolás has a land extension of 139 square kilometers from the coast to the interior of the island, and the municipal town lies at an altitude 340 meters above sea-level. It is bordered on its northern and eastern limits by cliffs and gullies, and it stretches from north to south in a coastal fringe of 33 kilometers. It is an irregular wonderland of often high peaks jutting stridently from the semi-arid landscape, which themselves are the southern extension of the beautiful protected lands that extend along the coast to the north. A rocky coast of striking beauty to the south is lined with black sand beaches and small coves that correspond to the mouths of gullies and gorges that wind spectacularly down through the landscape.
The majority of beaches have so few visitors that they are preserved very much intact, and the natural landscape remains virtually untouched.
Of all the beaches, the ones that stand out in particular are the Playa de la Aldea (which is the most visited due to its proximity to the town), the beaches of Tasarte and Tasartico, and the beaches of Güi Güi.
Aldea de San Nicolás
A visit through the municipal town of La Aldea de San Nicolás allows visitors to appreciate the popular Canarian architecture which is displayed in its old quarter: the stone and mud houses of the XVII right through to the balcony houses of the XVIII century. In the archaeological complex of Los Caserones, a rich collection of pre-hispanic mud and stone symbol paintings and figures were found that now reside in the Canarian Museum in Las Palmas, often referred to as “the most important living museum in Europe”.
Aldea de San Nicolás
Agriculture and cuisine
A favorite curiosity in the Aldea de San Nicolás is the aeroponic crops, the cultivation of tomatoes and aubergines in the air, which is unique in Europe. Every harvest produces millions of tonnes of these delicious fruits, eagerly devoured by people in salads and sauces. Another highly regarded product that nourishes tasty salads is a fully cured and tangy cheese which is often accompanied by a soft goats cheese....yum!
La Aldea de San Nicolás has an important cattle stable which provides the input milk to make these lovely cheeses. The only thing that is left to complete this typically Aldea menu is some fresh fish, fried or boiled in a simmering broth, topped off with some roasted gofio maize meal.