The Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico) are in Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of Tenerife. It was built and opened in the late 18th Century on the orders of King Charles III of Spain. Today, it covers over 20,000m2 of pure beauty.
Its official name is the La Orotava Climatisation Garden (Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava) as what is now Puerto de la Cruz used to be part of the La Orotava municipality. Due to the confusion that this name might cause, it is commonly known as El Botánico or Jardín Botánico.
A bit of history
The project was born with the idea of bringing exotic plants from the New World – America – and that Tenerife would serve as a climatization centre before their journey to the Iberian Peninsula – hence its official name. However, the project didn’t work as planned due to the differences in climate between the Canary Islands and Iberian Peninsula.
Even so, the Garden continued to function and still stands today, where it is one of the most spectacular botanical gardens throughout all of Spain.
The Puerto de la Cruz Botanical Gardens holds and receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is where you can find a large collection of native plants, as well as vast collections of tropical and subtropical plants that have adapted perfectly to the island’s climate, despite rarely being found in this part of the world.
The paths in the garden zigzag through a full repertoire of colours and lovely scents, under the shadows of its imposing trees and palms, and with the purest air that you can find on the island.
Opening times and prices
The price to enter the park is €3.00. The park is open from 9am-6pm.
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