Thanks to the City 2020 project, the explanatory panels that will be located in this venue will be designed and specific training will be given on botanical contents to the tour guides
La Laguna, February 1, 2018.- The Department of Tourism and Environment of the City of La Laguna will soon launch guided and self-guided tours of the Drago Park of the former convent of Santo Domingo. For this, previously, and thanks to the financing obtained through the Interreg MAC – City 2020 project, led by the councils of Tourism, Commerce and Culture, the design and elaboration of explanatory panels will be carried out in this venue, and specific training on botanical contents will be given to municipal tour guides.
“Once the guides have received this course and we have the informative material, we will start the guided and self-guided routes through this garden area. Both visitors who come to our town and the city’s neighbours will be able to know a little more about the history and heritage of La Laguna”, explains the Councillor for Tourism of the municipal corporation, María José Castañeda.
The first deputy Mayor and Councillor for Environment, Mónica Martín, describes as “very good news” the next opening to the public of the Drago Park, a space that highlights its “great heritage and natural value.” “The drago of the old convent of Santo Domingo is considered one of the most impressive examples of the island, along with those of Icod and Los Realejos,” says Martín.
The elaboration and coordination of the contents that will be distributed in relation to the environment of the Drago Botanical Park of La Laguna have been carried out by the Professor Emeritus of the Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology of the University of La Laguna (ULL), Woldfredo Wildpret, and the professor of this same department, Victoria Eugenia Martín Osorio. Likewise, the project has also had the participation of the ULL researcher Alberto de la Rosa.
The development of this project has allowed the realization of a catalogue of the main botanical species found in this space, with an explanatory sheet that details the most important characteristics of the floristic elements found in the park. With all this information, the didactic materials presented to the visitor will be elaborated and the itinerary to be followed by the enclosure will be designed.
City 2020 is an initiative selected by the European programme Interreg MAC 2014-2020 for its realization with the help of Feder funds. It has as partners four other cities declared World Heritage and located in the Atlantic: Angra do Heroismo (Azores), Saint Louis (Senegal), Gorée Island (Senegal) and Ribeira Grande de Santiago (Cape Verde). This territorial cooperation project aims to improve business and commercial competitiveness, especially in the tourism sector through smart, sustainable and inclusive actions.