Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Jardin Botánico / Botanical Garden

Entrance to the Botanical Garden in Puerto de la Cruz by Koppchen

The Jardín Botánico de Puerto de la Cruz (Puerto de la Cruz Botanical Garden), or to give it it's proper name, Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava (Puerto used to be the port of La Orotava) was by created by Royal Order of Carlos III on the 17th August 1788, due to the need to cultivate species from the tropics somewhere in Spain with a suitable climate. This 18th-Century botanical garden with tropical & subtropical plants, including 200-year-old fig tree, is a must visit (especially at the low price). The garden is extremely well kept and most of the plants have good labels in Spanish, English and German.

At 20,000 square meters (just shy of five acres), the garden is not overly huge, but reckon on a minimum of a couple of hours to half a day to look round.

There are seats all around the garden and it is a genuine oasis of calm.

Opening Hours: 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Closed: 1st January, Good Friday and Christmas Day
Entrance: €3.00

Whilst the Botanical Garden is only 1.5 km (just under a mile) from the Playa Martiánez, most of that is very steeply uphill. This is a job for a taxi, but this won't cost very much. Getting back to the hotel, there should be taxis coming and going to the garden, so you should be able to hail one to get back, or ask the staff at the garden entrance.

Video: Jardin Botánico Puerto de la Cruz

Restful area inside the Botanical Garden

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) that is a symbol of the Canary Islands.

One of the ponds in the Botanical Garden

The 200 year old fig tree 

Another of the lush ponds

A quiet avenue leading to a statue of the garden's founder, Alonso de Nava-y-Grimón (1757-1832)

A huge aloe

But before you rush to leave the area of the Botanical Garden, if you walk just 350 meters down the road back down towards the town, you'll come to what is, in my opinion THE best cake shop in the world, El Aderno. Have a look at the images of their legendary cakes and then let me know if you can come this close and resist the temptation! (The staff are bound to speak English, so you could ask them about getting a taxi back down to your hotel.)

Chocolate mousse log thing at the Cafe El Aderno

Tarta de Santiago (almond tart) at Cafe El Adero