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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

During our stay, we visited a few gardens. This was the most expensive (just under €5 pp) and by far the smallest. The gardens are nice enough (several potted orchids, carp pond, an impressive draco tree), but, given the choice, you'd be better off visiting...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a really nice garden with lots of orchids. A little bit hidden and not that easy to find and the Entry with 4,75 Euro is a bit strange... and high.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The historical splendour, colour and beauty of the mansion and gardens of Sitio Litre are simply breathtaking and a must to visit especially for those of you who enjoy and appreciate the design and creativity of special gardens, of which these are. The colonial style...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are great, as are the fish and birds. It is not large, but well worth the visit. And at the bottom of the garden is an excellent cafe surrounded by plants and free flying parrots. A nice couple hours to spend here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this by accident walking to the Jardin Botanical. For 4.75 Euros, we didn't feel this was a bad price. The gardens are well presented with a lovely variety of flowers and plants, and really enjoyed finding out about Agatha Christie's stay too. We...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely Orchid Garden, with a pond, Dragon Tree, attractive pergola walks, and a peaceful cafe. A really nice place to visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived about 11 and spent about 1.5 hrs just wandering and sitting on seats admiring the tranquil surroundings. A garden about 35 meters square full of colour and interesting sections. If you like plants you will like the varied mixture of trees down to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sitio Litre is a nice garden owned by British families since 1730. Garden has specialized in orchids, but one can also find various other species of plants. If you like a peaceful trip close to the town center you should come here. You will find...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

The gardens are not that large but are a quiet and peaceful retreat. All orchids that we saw were in pots and not growing in a natural environment but there was a large variety. Gardens have a little cafe which was pleasant.

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

This tranquil park in the center of Puerto de La Cruz has a cosy bar at the bottom. Relax there while your wife has a look at the garden and the flowers. If you look carefully around the fish ponds you will see Nelson, a...More

Thank Helmut H
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