We have just returned from a fortnight of winter sunshine in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. While we there we took the opportunity to visit the Jardin Botanico in Puerto de la Cruz, the official name being Jardin de Aclimatacion de La Orotava
We were not disappointed with the weather while we were in Puerto de la Cruz, the daily temperatures ranged from 24 -27 degrees and we only had one evening of rain.
The garden was created by a royal order issued by King Charles III (Carlos) in 1788 in response to the wishes of the 6th Marquis of Villanueva. The Marquis wanted an area to acclimatise plant species that were brought from the tropics. The weather in Puerto de la Cruz ideally replicated that of a tropical rain forest due to the mists created by the trade winds.
The garden contains many important collections of tropical and subtropical plants. One of the show stoppers is the Higuera, a 200 year old Moreton Bay Fig tree, Ficus macrophylia ssp. columnaris. The tree produces aerial roots which spread throughout the garden.
Another showstopper is the very large bell like blooms of the Angels Trumpet flower, Brugmansia mollis
The garden currently covers 20,000 m2 but is being extended to a further 40,000 m2, which hopefully will be finished by 2016. This will enable the gardens to extend their facilities including a restaurant and the well needed wheelchair access which is not available at the moment.
The gardens are in the north of Tenerife and are open everyday in the winter from 9.00am – 18.00 and in the summer from 9.00am – 19.00pm.
The entrance fee is very nominal, only 3 euros, and we spent approximately 2 hours there.
Jardin de Aclimatacion de La Orotava, C/Retama, No 2, 38400, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife