The Cellar of the Casa Fataga, at Parque Santa Catalina, has reopened its doors today Friday the 21st of June, in a ceremony presided by the Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Mr. Juan José Cardona, after the refurbishment undergone at its facilities, to make it a tourist reference of the Port-Canteras area, the main entrance to the city for visitors coming in cruisers.
The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, through the Service of Heritage, awarded last 28th of February the administrative grant to operate the Casa Fataga building to be a Typical Canary Cellar in favor of the company Glofert S.L.
The restoration of this emblematic building is included in the Reactivation Plan of Parque Santa Catalina and its surrounding area, promoted by the Capital City Council to strengthen the background of Las Canteras Beach as the main gateway for the cruisers tourism.
The cellar will be open from Sundays to Thursdays from 8am to midnight, and from 8am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Canary architecture and energy saving
The new project of Casa Fataga keeps the Canary architecture in the main structure of the building, with elements of exterior decoration following the same pattern, and with a garden showing Canary species like Cardones (Euphorbia canariensis), Capas de la Reina (Farfugium japonicum) and Cerimans “Adam’s Rib” (Monstera deliciosa).
Besides, the night lighting is planned with LED technology and installing, for the first time in the Canaries, of a photovoltaic glass system like the one installed at the San Antón Market in Madrid, to promote the use of renewable energies with photovoltaic self-consumption cells, both at the roof and on the southern façade of the storehouse.
The outside furniture keeps the lines of the Canary rustic design, using materials like rattan and Wood for tables and armchairs, stools and barrels. On the inside of the building, the walls are covered with historic photographs and images of the Parque Santa Catalina, focusing on creating a small interpretation centre as tribute to this emblematic space of the city.
The Casa Fataga building, built in the first half of the Twentieth century with the House of Tourism at Parque Santa Catalina, worked as a souvenir and handicraft shop, and both buildings were projected by Miguel Martín-Fernández de la Torre.
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The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria hoisted on Monday 8th of August at the beaches of Las Canteras and El Confital, the EU Blue Flag, the international distinctive awarded by the Environmental Education and Consumers’ Association (ADEAC) as recognition to the quality of the bathing waters, environmental management, security, information and cleansing offered by these two capital city beaches.
Also hoisted today at Las Canteras Beach was the Q for Tourist Quality, awarded by the Spanish Institute for Tourist Quality (ICTE), and given for the first time to a beach of the Canaries due to its excellence as tourist product.
Las Canteras Beach has been sporting the EU Blue Flag year after another since 1989, except for 2010. This award “has become a distinctive that endorses the excellence of this beach all year round. Besides, the recognition of the Q for Tourist Quality is an essential element to promote the city as tourist destination.”
Las Canteras Beach is one of Spain’s best valued beaches and along with the Blue Flag, it also boasts the Q for Tourist Quality, the UNE-EN ISO 14001 Certificate awarded by AENOR, and the Universal Accessibility Certificate.
On the other hand, el Confital Beach will sport the Blue Flag during the summer season, thanks to its environmental values, the quality of the services of safety and rescue, and of the public toilets.
Las Canteras and El Confital beaches comply with the 27 criteria requested by the ADEAC to gain the EU Blue Flag, and to endorse the basic requisites of quality in the services offered: water, toilets, showers, accessibility to PRM, rescue posts, civil protection, information, and above all, to comply with the environmental quality standards.
The destinations endorsed by the “Q for Quality” have been strictly audited to assure the services offered with a guarantee of quality and professionalism to give visitors the best tourist experiences ever.
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