It is situated at the entrance of the city on Carretera del Botanical, in the La Paz area and is one of the city´s historical and cultural jewels, product of the Spanish Enlightenment. La Orotava Acclimatisation Garden was created by Royal Order of King Carlos III in 1788, as a consequence of the need to cultivate species from the tropics in Spanish territory.
The Botanic garden is the second oldest among the botanical gardens of Spain, after Madrid´s. It has an interesting collection of 1,500 subtropical species and receives more than 300,000 visitors each year. In the nineteenth century it was a touristic hotspot for all travellers or hikers from abroad who came to the island on board the fruit ships.
In addition, it has a specialised library, a herbarium with 30,000 specimens, a germplasm bank, a nursery and other facilities that make it an important scientific research centre. The Government of the Canary Islands plans to carry out an expansion project in the near future which will double its size.
Library and Herbarium: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (booking essential)
Closed: January 1st, Good Friday and December 25th
Entrance fee: € 3.00
Sitio Litre Gardens
More than 220 years old, this is the oldest garden in Tenerife, and includes a private mansion which dates back to 1730. Its owners decided to open this enchanting garden to the public, letting you see unusual plant species such as the largest collection of orchids on the island, the oldest and biggest drago tree in Puerto de la Cruz. Important visitors such as the famous botanist, explorer and discoverer German Alexander von Humboldt, actor Richard Burton and the writer Agatha Christie have walked through this garden.
It was given its name by its first owner Archibald Little, who bought the estate in 1774, Little’s Place or el Sitio Little, which over the years has adopted the name Sitio Liter.
Inside there is a café and a boutique specialising in local products and an exhibition of different paintings donated by the Royal Botanic Gardens of London in Kew.
From this stunning green space, you will have the best views of the city. It is the place to go for a stroll, to do some sport, to see the sunset or to have a bite to eat.
Its name comes from the Gran Hotel Taoro, a pioneering hotel in Spain´s tourism industry, which was built on Mount Miseria and opened in 1890; frequently visited by the European upper class at the beginning of the 20th century.
Once the beautiful gardens of the hotel, they are now a public park, almost one hundred thousand metres squared, divided into three sections: Jardines de La Atalaya, Jardines del Casino and Camino de la Sortija. The later was given its name because the British colony organised ring races on horseback. It is also the place where the neo-gothic style Anglican Church stands. La Atalaya is the section with the most vegetation, with beautiful paths and steps that lead to fountains and waterfalls.
Within the park you can find running tracks and apparatus to keep fit. Why not recover your strength after a fitness session in one of its cafes or simply catch your breath with the city at your feet. Ask the locals to point out the most charming spots as they are sure to know and share their knowledge with you.
Risco Bello Garden
The Risco bello Aquatic Garden, very close to the emblematic Hotel Taoro, is a little paradise in the city, which has its origin in a love story by René de Radiguès for his sick wife and remains an important piece of poetry to this day.
La Finca atesora is a collection of five hundred exotic, tropical and subtropical plants. Distributed over five terraces of different styles and exuberant vegetation, you can also find hanging bridges, waterfalls, caves and fountains, which create an idyllic setting.
In the first terraces, with a peaceful garden with pergola and fountain, we see the first of the ponds, next to a charming terrace-cafe. On a second level we have access to a terrace with an extensive collection of exotic fruit trees and a bridge over the lake. On the edge of the pond you can go through a cave on which falls a waterfall that nourishes the lake. The third is planted with acacias, mimosas and palm trees, and is decorated with rustic pools. Then we access the most personal of the terraces. The aquatic vegetation, which includes water lilies and papyrus is impressive in this pond which is decorated with clay pots. Plagued with huge jars inside and outside the pond, it is impressive for its profuse aquatic vegetation, which includes water lilies and papyrus. In the last garden, a Japanese style bridge stands, half-hidden in thick vegetation.
Throughout the park, ducks, swans, geese and doves enjoy mingling with visitors.
Location: Carretera de Taoro
Entrance fee: 4€ adults 2€ children
Telephone: 922 384 371
Martiánez historical Garden
It was a private garden of one of the first hotels in Puerto de la Cruz, the former hotel Martiánez. Today it is a charming and evocative park, with four large Indian laurels and a dry trunk of a “quinto” plant, flowers, drago trees, and an ancient fountain containing a ñamera plant.
It is situated between Calle Valois, El Camino del Sitio Litre and the Martianez ravine, an extension of the beautiful Las Palmeras promenade (Avda. De Aguilar y Quesa).
Ábaco es una lujosa mansión canaria del siglo XVIII, catalogada como Bien de Interés Cultural, y que ocupa un enclave privilegiado de Puerto de la Cruz. La casa mantiene todas sus dependencias originales y está decorada con piezas únicas a base de flores, frutas y verduras. Tiene varios salones, un espléndido jardín y un siempre delicioso menú.
Durante la temporada de invierno, cada domingo, puedes disfrutar de un concierto de música clásica en una de sus salas.
La terraza del restaurante del Hotel Tigaiga ofrece unas impresionantes vistas que abrazan desde el Atlántico hasta El Teide.
“Promovemos productos locales porque queremos que viajen las personas y no los alimentos” es el lema que impulsa el trabajo del chef Luis González. En sus platos se reconoce la frescura de los productos canarios, como en el cordero pelibuey cocido a baja temperatura sobre escacho de papa, mini habichuelas y cous-cous de tomate seco. Y de postre: pastel de trufa de crocante de chocolate con flor de sal.
El comedor principal, recibe hasta 30 comensales y el reservado Tamadaya, hasta 24, y es ideal para disfrutar de eventos familiares y reuniones en privado.
Horario: De 12:00 a 22:00 horas de lunes a domingo.
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