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Tenerife’s botanical gardens are blooming marvellous

Tenerife isn’t really known for its wildlife, particularly in the arid weather found in the south of the island, but the lush green north has botanical gardens that make it stand out.

The botanical gardens of Puerto de la Cruz or Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava are home to a very pretty array of plants from the four corners of the globe.

The gardens were created in 1778 after tropical plants set for the Spanish mainland took root while being acclimatised on the island. Today it is still a sanctuary for plants from around the world and is open to the public all year round. The sub-tropical climate of north Tenerife has the perfect conditions for the plants to thrive in 20,000 square metres of grounds.

The pretty gardens are a five minute drive from our timeshare resort at Club Casablanca. Work is being carried out to double them in size to make room for even more examples of nature’s spectacle.

Inside Tenerife’s botanical gardens

Aechmea fasciata, botanical gardens in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Tropical plant, botanical gardens, TenerifeBrazilian plumes, botanical gardens, Puerto de la Cruz, TenerifeAlpinia formosana at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardens, TenerifeBudding flowers, botanical gardens, Tenerife

The gardens have many types of unusual looking tropical flowers and plants. Some look like they are from another world, but each have a unique beauty.

Orange amaryllis at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardens

White hibiscus at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardens, TenerifeDetail of a bird of paradise at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardensDeep red anthuriums at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardensBright flowers, botanical gardens in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz’s botanical gardens are also home to more familiar blooms such as hibiscus, lilies and amaryllis.

Koi carp swim below water lilies at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardens

Beauty and the beast - waterlilies and a terrapin bask in the sunshine at the Jardin Botanico, TenerifeTerrapin in the water garden at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardensWater lilies, botanical gardens in Puerto de la Cruz, TenerifeDragonfly rests before some water lilies at the botanical gardens in Tenerife's Puerto de la Cruz

The water gardens were opened in 1795 and are home to koi carp, terrapins and giant water lillies.

Fern shoot, botanical gardens in Tenerife's Puerto de la Cruz

Unfurled leaf, Puerto de la Cruz, TenerifeTaking root - young plants in Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardensFicus macrophylla or Moreton Bay Fig tree, botanical gardens, Puerto de la CruzLeaves of tropical plant, botanical gardens, Tenerife

The gardens offer a chance to see all stages of plant life cycles from tiny seeds to 200-year-old trees.

Bark of a coffea arabica, botanical gardens, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Beard on a bald cypress, botanical gardens, Puerto de la Cruz, TenerifeCommon screwpine, botanical gardens Puerto de la Cruz, TenerifeGiant leaves at Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardens, TenerifeTenerife's botanical gardens cover 20,000 square metres

The gardens have chosen plants from all over the world including countries as far away as Sudan, Brazil and Japan.

Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardens, Tenerife

Unfurled leaf, Puerto de la Cruz, TenerifeShady paths through Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardensRed dragonfly in the water gardens of Puerto de la Cruz's botanical gardensJardin Botanico, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

We visited Puerto de la Cruz’s botanical gardens while at Club Casablanca. Read more about the timeshare resort.

What do you think of the botanical gardens? Which plants do you like the most?

Category: Club Casablanca features

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2 Responses to Tenerife’s botanical gardens are blooming marvellous

  1. Those are some really great pictures, you were really successful in capturing the ambience in each picture. Almost makes me want to get up and take a trip to Tenerife.

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