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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

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Address: Camino Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
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+34 922 38 24 17
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09:30 - 17:30
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The mansion was built in 1730 and it seems was originally the headquarters...

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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Quiet and peaceful

This is a very interesting garden with a lot of history. And a very good cafe! It is worth the effort of walking up a very steep hill to get to it. As soon as you walk in there is... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting garden with a lot of history. And a very good cafe! It is worth the effort of walking up a very steep hill to get to it. As soon as you walk in there is a lovely pond with koi carp and other fish; you are able to feed them too. The dragon trees are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place shuts early so it was a flying visit but a very enjoyable one. There is lots to see including a 600 year old dragon tree and a pond full of very large koi that you can feed as well as lots of beautiful plants.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to this garden several times before. This time I was absolutely shocked with the way it was presented. One couldn't see the soil of the flowerbeds for loads of leaves which have not been collected. One doesn't need to be or employ a gardener to do this. All you need is black bags and your hands.There were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice place to stroll and to get away from the city noise. Only singing birds and nice plants. Not so impressed by the "Dragon tree", who is suppossed to be 600 years old, but enjoyed the stroll along the garden's allies, especially on the orchid's one. The fish pond, just as you enter, is also nice and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely garden with a great café, friendly staff, great cakes and coffee, very interesting, there is an Orange tree planted by Agatha Christie's grandson, the garden is 5 minutes walk from LA Paz bus stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This is a very peaceful place and has a café. There is a variety of different orchids. In addition there are numerous species of tree including a 600 year old Dragon tree. It's interesting to note that Agatha Christie spent time there living in the house and writing stories. There is a scene from one of the stories.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Really lovely place with a lovely little tea room. Found some really interesting Orchids that we had not seen before

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We loved our visit to this garden. Bought food to feed the fish and spotted the iguana (nearly missed it). There was lots of beautiful orchids on display. We spent quite a bit of time wandering around. Did not try the tea room.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The best thing was feeding fish just 50c per cup.And also make beautiful pictures.The drago tree what is 600 years old.And overall the amount collection of orchids.In sunny day one the best places to see in city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is the third time we have visited the orchid gardens at various times of years. They never fail to lift our spirits the gardens are truly magical - even if the emphasise my failure to keep orchids!

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