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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

Camino Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
+34 922 38 24 17
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The mansion was built in 1730 and it seems was originally the headquarters and wine cellars of a Dutch wine exporting company. In 1774 it was purchased by a Mr.Archibald Little a British merchant whose family owned the house until 1854 (thereby the name Little's Place, in Spanish SITIO LITRE) In 1856 the property was bought by a Mr.Charles Smith whose family have owned the house right up until 1996, a period of 140 years. The historic English garden was first planned by the Little family, and added to by the Smith family. Many famous personalities have spent time in SITIO LITRE either as house guests or simply as guests at the numerous garden parties given in the magic garden. Amongst the most famous house guests were William Wilde, the father of Oscar Wilde, but possibly the most famous of all was Marianne North, the well known botanical painter, who lived in this house for two months in 1875, she is remembered in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, where all her 832 paintings are on view. Many of her Tenerife works were painted in this garden (and we have placed copies of these around the garden, so you can see that even after 130 years, the garden is practically the same) Party guests were numerous, but to name only three, we can mention Sir Richard Burton, who passed through Tenerife on two occasions between 1860 and 1863, Sir Richard was the first European to enter the holy city of Mecca (dressed as a Muslim), he also discovered lake Tanganika, but he is best known for having translated the three erotic works of the east into English, these being "The Kamasutra", "The perfumed garden" and "The Arabian Nights". Many years later Agatha Christie and her daughter Rosalyn were on holiday in Puerto de la Cruz, the year was 1927 and she had just divorced her first husband, she was so inspired by the gardens that she wrote one of her novels, basing the plot in Puerto de la Cruz "The mysterious Mr.Quin". The first of all these guests should not be forgotten, he was one of the world's most famous discoverers and botanist. The famous German explorer Alexander Von Humboldt, he was the guest of honour at a party given for him on June 23rd 1799 by Mr Archibald Little. The house is still a private residence but the owners have decided to open the gardens to visitors, so they can savour this "Vision of Eden" and view the lovely collection of orchids, possibly the best in the Canary Islands. The SITIO LITRE garden is the oldest surviving garden in Tenerife, now 235 years old. It has been owned continuously by British families since 1774.
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Camino Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
+34 922 38 24 17
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice small park, much more than orchids. Many beautiful flowers and trees, a bit too packed though. The dragon tree is at the back, smaller than I thought ;) Nice 1-1,5 hours walk, not too touristy

Thank Judit_Bp
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a bit far from the city centre of Puerto De La Cruz, nice place to visit but I found the ticket entrance overpriced. this a small garden not a park..!

Thank catalonia83
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited these gardens as they were very close to the complex we were staying in. The entrance fee was only 4.75 euros which we thought was reasonable. Contrary to what we expected there were far more plants than just orchids including a 600 year...More

Thank wendyb29549
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thought we would visit here as it was just around the corner from our apartments. Didn't see any reference to a charge in other reviews, however, it was 4.75€ each. Only a small place, we strolled around and it took us an hour. There is...More

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 8 June 2017

A beautiful garden well worth finding, lots of interesting nooks and crannies and beautiful plants as well as the orchids.

Thank andrea19452015
Reviewed 7 June 2017

I hadn't realised this was here until we got chatting to some Puerto regulars who told us about it. A decent way to spend half an hour - yes, probably not as fancy as the Jardin Botanico (I haven't been there yet) but it is...More

Thank bonjourtoulemonde
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is a smashing private garden in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz. There are many splendid plants, not all of them orchids, and I agree with another reviewer that the planting appears to be random in parts. Well worth the small entrance fee.

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 26 May 2017

i'm not that much into history so maybe I didn't quite catch the idea of this garden. I didn't get the subject of this garden. To me it looked liked a place with randomly and chaotically placed plants and items. Orchids were growing in flowerpots...More

Thank Juris Č
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

We had our breakfast in the café in the garden. It's a very beautiful and peaceful garden. Very romantic perfect for lovers. The entry is a bit expensive 4,75 € for none resident and 3,50 € for residents of Canary Islands.

1  Thank Lida M
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely little garden with a really nice Cafe - we actually just wanted to have breakfast at the cafe but you have to pay to enter the garden. Either way, it was worth it - the garden is small but very pretty and peaceful, and...More

Thank Minis85
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