The "Costa Martiánez Resort" in its entirety has been cataloged since 2005 as a Site of Cultural Interest in the category of Historical Garden, both for its monumental beauty and for the exuberance of its gardens, in which trees, plants, shrubs and flowers intertwine with the rocks of the volcanic landscape created by César Manrique.
Each morning, a team of gardeners gets down to work to preserve the different varieties of flora present in the resort. Although the vegetation has changed over the years, currently the native and endemic species of the Canarian coast stand out, as well as others that have been introduced to the islands and have perfectly adapted to their favorable climate.
Some of the most common species in the resort are the Canary Island tamarisk (Tamarix canariensis), the Canary Island spurge (Euphorbia canariensis), the Balsam spurge (Euphorbia balsamifera), the Dragon tree (Dracaena draco), the Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis), the Coconut tree (Cocos nucifera), the California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera), the Aloe vera (Aloe Barbadensis Miller) and the Prickly pear (Opuntia maxima).
In addition, some plants have been substituted over the years, taking as an example the Geraniums (Pelargonium × hortorum), which until not many years ago occupied hanging planters and pots forming leafy bouquets, but of which today there aren’t that many specimens. Those same hanging pots have also been removed, remaining only a few at the entrance to “Los Alisios”.
Perhaps it has gone unnoticed until now, but just by paying a little attention to your surroundings, you will see how the union of art and nature, always present in Manrique's work, is accentuated thanks to the vegetation that runs throughout the resort and it contrasts with the aridity of the volcanic stone that shapes the pools and ponds.
Likewise, natural light, which shines on the trees forming shadows and reflections in the water, is not a mere random element, but it is carefully measured by Manrique and it is part of his work.