Balconies are one of the defining Canarian architectural features, a colonial idea that can be seen to impressive effect in the historical area of Vegueta in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or on the seafront of Santa Cruz de La Palma.
Originally made of wrought iron or solid timbers, balconies were places where wealthy middle classes would take the fresh, warm air in the evening, dressing to the nines for what was a very public display. This display function of the balcony can still be seen in the Pope’s addresses or after royal weddings in Britain.
Balconies range from tiny platforms in cities to large areas fitting two or more chairs or sun loungers, and this factor is what will dictate your balcony life.
Plants are perfect for balconies, but avoid strong smelling tomatoes and go for herbs or pretty, tumbling climbers – this is a place where vertical, 3D gardening is vital, and can also give you more intimacy.
Balconies are also close enough to indoors to make lighting them easy – allowing you to enjoy the air after nightfall, as well.