The Jardín Canario de Viera y Clavijo, or Botanic Garden, is a magical place that provides a home to hundreds of plants, trees, and strange flowers from practically all over the world.
A natural treasure comprising an enormous botanical repertoire kept safely in a garden bursting with different species.
This enclosure, located on the edge of the Guiniguada ravine, shows visitors the abundance of plant life not only from the Canary Islands but also from the rest of the Macaronesia region (Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde...).
Short History of the Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden was set up in 1952 by an extraordinary Swede, Eric Sventenius, who dreamed of gathering a representation of all the islands’ botanical riches in just one place, creating the perfect environment for each plant to feel just as much at home as in its place of origin.
This was how the Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo came about, located in the Tafira area on the outskirts of the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
This amazing nature-lover spent his whole life constructing this garden, taking care of every last detail not only in the here and now but also considering how each and every plant would blend in over the years, when they would be fully grown
Absolutely nothing in this garden has been left to chance. Thanks to his tireless work, we can now say that we have one of the Canary Islands’ best botanic gardens, as it is the largest Botanic Garden in Spain, stretching over almost 27 acres.
On 23rd June 1973, a fatal road accident right in front of the Garden took the life of Eric Sventenius. His grave lies in shady laurel forest area, where the Botanic Garden staff can pay homage and give thanks to its founder every year.
After Eric’s death, other naturalists took up his work, continuing tasks to study and consolidate this special place, where they are currently developing many lines of research, seeking scientific knowledge of the plant life that is exclusive to the archipelago.
The Botanic Garden is divided up according to its different species, so that it is easy to see the diverse ecosystems within the island.
Shall we take a stroll through the main area of the Botanic Garden?
This is the first area you will come across as you go through the main entrance, and it lies either side of the garden. This forest provides a broad sample of all the species within a laurel forest, the island's forest cover in pre-Hispanic times although currently, very few bastions remain, such as Los Tilos de Moya.
If you enter the garden from the Dragonal road (GC310), you’ll be led directly to the “Plaza de las Palmeras” (Palm Tree Square) where you’ll find all the endemic palm tree species that have developed on the archipelago’s islands.
Another area that has been marked out is the “Jardín de las islas” (Island Garden), a central garden covered with a lawn, home to a variety of endemic flower species, divided into groups, organised by their island of origin.
Located around the Plaza Fernando Navarro, on the left-hand side of the ravine, we find the "Jardín Macaronésico Ornamental” (Ornamental Macaronesian Garden) which groups together all the endangered species from the Macaronesian archipelagos (Azores, Cape Verde, Canary Islands, Madeira or the Savage Islands).
The “Jardín Escondido” (Hidden Garden) is a small greenhouse set up to reproduce a range of tropical species that need high humidity to survive. This includes reeds, papyrus, bamboo, and different species of ferns. The greenhouse is also home to several species of bonsai started from Canary Island plants, or a few curiosities such as miniature orange and banana trees.
Opened in 2002 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo, this new area of the garden, the World Garden, is divided five ways. There is a section for each of the planet’s continents, featuring the most representative species from each one.
In the Garden’s central area, the Fountain of the Wisemen monument was built to pay homage to all the naturalists who had worked on promoting Canary nature and plant life throughout the rest of the world.
Born-Müller, Pitard, Bolle, Broussonet, Webb and Berthelot and Masferrer, botanists from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Consequently, more than 10,000 species from all over the planet are housed in this unique garden.
Will you come and explore it with us?
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo
Address: Camino del Palmeral 15, Tafira Alta, 35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Phone: +34 928 219 580 / +34 928 219 583
New visiting hours:
In view of the health and safety measures applicable to visitors to the Garden as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and until further notice, new opening hours will be implemented for visitors. The Garden will be accessed via the TAFIRA entrance (upper part) and via the El Dragonal road (lower part), with parking spaces available at both entrances.
Find more information about our new rules here.
- Monday to Friday: from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last admission at 1 p.m.).
- Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.).
Closed on 25 December and 2 January.
Guided tours: the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden in the Canary Islands offers free guided tours at weekends and public holidays (advance reservation required). You can make your reservation by filling in this form.
*Important note: due to the current health situation derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, timetables and capacity levels may be subject to change. Please contact the garden before your visit.