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The island of 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 climate is extremely favorable in the Canary Islands; the days are long and sunny with mild temperatures variations and the thermometer registers mostly 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. It’s a stable climate, just add water; perfect.
Unesco declared the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve in June 2005 and this massive area covers most of the southwest part of Gran Canaria including La Aldea de San Nicolás. The purpose of these reserves is to preserve and maintain a balance between the natural resources and the biodiversity of the area, the people, their cultural heritage and future socio-economic development.
KOKOON believes that Gran Canaria offers a unique opportunity to stimulate the rational use of the island’s biodiversity in both terrestrial and marine environments. This will directly benefit the local population.
The site we have acquired has several large denuded areas that appear to act as open rubbish tips crying out for rehabilitation. Through close and empathetic engagement with the community, and by working with local elders respectfully, KOKOON’s plans include irrigating the surrounding lands for agricultural use, supply of clean drinking water, reversing environmental degradation through rehabilitation, and building safe habitats for indigenous species including migratory bird and marine life. KOKOON will provide many training and employment opportunities throughout the scope of our projects, assisting in local education and generally providing support for the community wherever we can.
KOKOON clearly sees that the betterment of, and successful close engagement with the local community will be mutually beneficial, and position KOKOON as a trustworthy employer.
In 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”. At these museums one can see that behind the bright colors, music and art, lies an enormous struggle for survival by the indigenous people; they lived through many years of isolation and hardship, and this resilience of character is very palpable today.
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.
La Aldea de San Nicolás is the most secluded town in Gran Canaria, and the people are authentically welcoming and friendly. The area still has an attractive mosaic of small settlements and terraced crops, and the locals maintain a strong cultural tradition in spite of everything they’ve endured over the years.
It covers an area of 139 square kilometers, from the coast to the interior of the island, and the town rests 340 meters above sea-level. It is bordered on its northern and eastern limits by sheer 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 subtropical semi-arid volcanic landscape. These mountains are the southern extension of the beautiful protected lands that extend along the coast to the north. To the south, a rocky coast of striking beauty is lined with black sand beaches and small coves that correspond to the mouths of gullies and gorges that wind spectacularly down through the virtually untouched landscape.
The majority of the beaches, which include Tasarte and Tasartico, and the beaches of Güi Güi, have few visitors and are preserved very much intact.
Playa de la Aldea is the main beach of La Aldea, and every single room in our dual 7 STAR LUXURY HOTEL RESORT has clear views of it.
La Aldea de San Nicolás
A stroll through the picturesque town of La Aldea de San Nicolás is a relaxing experience. Colorful stone and mud houses of the 17th Century right through to balcony houses of the 18th Century line these quiet streets. The colors are vibrant, and high contrasts of whites, greens, blues and browns stimulate your vision.
There are thirteen museums in the area, among them The Gofio Mill, the tomato packaging factory, the little food shop, the orchard allotment with its well, the peasant’s house with its cheese making facility, and the bread oven and the maize toaster for making gofio.
La Aldea de San Nicolás
Agriculture and cuisine
Bananas, mangoes, and avocados are plentiful, and the cultivation of crops in the air, known as Aeroponic farming, produces many tonnes of tomatoes and aubergines annually. There are local goats and a cattle dairy and that provide milk to make lovely cheeses.
The typical Aldean menu is fresh and healthy. Salads with tomatoes and a local cured tangy cheese for starters accompanied by a plate of soft goats cheese served with a few olives, completed with some fresh fish, fried or boiled in a simmering broth, topped off with some roasted gofio maize meal, and perhaps some lightly fried local calamari with a squeeze of local lemons.....yum!