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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 2 weeks ago

This beautiful garden that despite being surrounded by housing, hotels and a busy road is quiet and peaceful. It has numerous beautiful orchids, many other interesting plants and a pond full of large fish that come for feeding.

Thank lesleyrosemary
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting history of the gardens and nice tea room. Good place to spend an hour or so. Entrance fee of 4-5 euro perhaps a little too much but what the heck!

Thank steve p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped there for about 45 minuets after leaving the beach area. The garden was very nicely laid out with a nice variety of flowers and some unique trees. It was very serene just casually strolling through the garden. A nice visit.

Thank loudini56
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is hard to believe that this garden dates from the early 18th Century with its modem 'rooms within a garden' layout. It is big for an urban garden, small for a botanical garden, but everywhere there are reasons to linger. I found it delightful...More

Thank HMN19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small compact gardens with a nice lay out and interesting history but no wow factor, ok for an hours walk around.

Thank david b
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We spent a peaceful hour in this pretty garden in the late afternoon when there were few other visitors around. The orchids are beautiful and colourful but there are plenty of luscious ferns, huge and ancient trees and beautiful Hibicus. The croquet lawn is all...More

Thank jo4090
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We visited as part of a cruise excursion (Risco Bello, orchid gardens and botanical gardens). This garden is the smallest one. We were given a leaflet (in Spanish, English, French, Finnish and German) which contains a map (see photo) of the gardens and gives a...More

Thank andy M
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Admission price is a little high for the size of the garden. The orchids are nice, and they have some caged birds and a fish pond. Compared to the "real" botanical garden, it is tiny. You are paying for access to a historical site more...More

Thank niceguy1966
Reviewed 8 October 2017

It is a cute garden with a lots of orchids, trees and colorful flowers. We found the it overpriced dispite the experience (€9/each)

Thank Dóra P
Reviewed 1 October 2017

A little expensive compared to the Botanical Gardens but far more interesting and lovely to walk around.

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