The Botanical Garden
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.
Location: C/ Retama, 2
Telephone: 922 92 29 81
Garden: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm.
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