Finca Las Margaritas

Among bananas and volcanoes

A space to be known
A culture to discover
An agriculture to be deciphered

The coast of Las Galletas in the municipality of Arona, is the largest greenhouse banana-growing area in Tenerife. In this volcanic territory, the emigration of farmers from the island of La Palma developed an enormous amount of specialist work, since the 1970s, to improve the production of Canary Island bananas and export more than 26,000 tonnes each year to the mainland and European markets.

Finca Las Margaritasbegan with the cultivation of bananas in 1977, from the union and entrepreneurship of several family members. Adolfo Guerra González y Margarita Hernández PérezBoth come from a long family line of banana farmers from S/C de La Palma and San Andrés y Sauces.

As well as the rest of the nearby estates,Finca Las Margaritas overcame difficult territorial conditions for agricultural establishment: strong sunshine and wind, volcanic lava flows, unavailability of water, large investments in capital and machinery, soils poor in organic matter; and which also made use of old terraces used for tomato cultivation.

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