Gardens & parks in Tenerife

October 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tenerife has many important gardens and parks that are well worth visiting for those with green fingers. In Puerto de la Cruz, the Jardín Botánico was created by royal order in August, 1788, due to the need to cultivate species from the tropics in a good climate and has major collections of tropical and sub-tropical plants.

Canarian flora

Canarian flora

In Icod de los Vinos visitors can see the ‘thousand-year-old Dragon’ (officially only 800 years!) in Parque Del Drago, one of the most important natural, cultural and historic symbols of the Canary Islands. The Icod Dragon tree is considered the oldest specimen on the islands at more than 16 metres tall and some 20 metres around the base.

The oldest garden in Tenerife is the Orchid Garden Sitio Litre in Puerto del la Cruz at over 220 years, and featuring a private mansion that dates from 1730. The owners decided to open this magnificent garden to the public and they have the largest collection of orchids on the island, the largest and oldest dragon tree in Puerto de la Cruz and souvenirs from important visitors like the famous German botanist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and Agatha Christie.

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