While in Puerto de la Cruz, make sure you pay a visit to the beautiful Botanical Gardens, otherwise known as the Jardín de Aclimatación de la Orotava. With huge grounds stretching across 20,000 square metres, you’ll be able to spend half a day exploring the gardens, wandering through the palm trees while shaded from the warm Spanish sun.
To get to the gardens you’ll need to take a trip to La Paz, a suburb of Puerto de la Cruz. There are plenty of signposts if you’re driving by hire car, or you can hop aboard a city bus. After arriving, you’ll stroll among exotic plants and flowers from all across the world, including orchids, bamboo, aloe plants and fig trees.
As you wander through the Botanical Gardens, look out for the statues and sculptures hidden between trees and plants. You’ll discover trickling streams and waterfalls as you walk from rose beds to herb gardens, past pineapple plants and beneath the park’s 200-year-old gum tree.
When visiting this 18th century garden, make sure you bring plenty of water and sunscreen, especially during the hot summer months. There’s plenty of shade beneath the trees, so take your time walking through the grounds as you spot bananas, water gardens and succulents in the immaculately maintained flower beds.