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Gardens
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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  • Ciaran J
    Costa Adeje, Spain26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was excited to return in many years as new exhibits had been added such as the largest coral reef outside the ocean. Was not disappointed with the vast wildlife and areas to explore learning about animals id never seen before. Truly an experience that opens your eyes on the world of animals. Unfortunately the dolphins show was closed however all other shows were entertaining. Food was reasonably priced and all the staff were super helpful. Would totally recommend if you are able to hack the 1 and 20 minute coach from costa adeje.
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Giles15556
    Colchester, UK118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful trip with excellent views of Funchal and harbour but the plants are the stars of the show. Made mistake of re-purchasing entry tickets next day on cable car mistaking tropical gardens at Monte, it seems others were equally foolish. Yes the archaic stuffed animals are an embarrassment but it's largely a real live garden complete with a few weeds and lots of inspiration for a gardener. Jacarandas in fine blue flower (mid May) and their seeds are for sale in Funchal market. Had not seen euphorbia tree before, sadly it was not labelled.
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • Karl G
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent value at 5 euro entry each including a sunbed. 6 pools and reasonable prices in the bars and restaurants . Would definitely recommend.
    Written 3 May 2024
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  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania33,366 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We passed by here on our way from Puerto de la Cruz to the Teide Volcano. It is a beautiful area, full of greenery. Forest, from place to place, few houses, small agricultural lands, domestic animals from place to place.
    I see that many people have posted reviews about the town of La Orotava, which is completely different thing.
    Written 25 July 2023
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  • Tony_greenshields
    Birmingham, UK47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach with soft black sand, it's a bit of a treck to get to on foot, but you can get a cab from Port del la Cruz or hire a car and drive down the single winding track to a resturant above with a 3 euro car park. It's well worth a visit but it's a long was down a lot of steep steps so it's not for the physically challenged.
    Written 5 November 2023
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  • Dougie M
    Glasgow, UK98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Plaza is lively and charming especially at night. Beware the restaurants, they are not all as good as they look. We visited one with a singer on. Great atmosphere but the food was terrible.
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • BS
    Ireland15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely place to walk around with fantastic views. Lots of steps. The view from the cafe is amazing. Lovely place to relax with a coffee or a cold drink for a while. It's definitely worth the walk up here for the view.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • betterthanwork
    Nottingham, UK1,501 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An attractive Church in the centre of Puerto, with a pleasant little square at the rear.
    Unable to look round inside other than s quick peep, as there was a Sunday service taking place.
    Written 10 October 2022
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  • Christine R
    Cornwall, UK25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It wasn't obvious where to hire the sunbeds and umbrella from, but we did find a large area in the shade at the far end of the beach and it was also the best place to swim as it was less wavey.
    There's free toilets and changing room, which was really useful and reasonably clean.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • Karhuvaari
    Tuusula, Finland163 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely, peaceful and colorful park in the middle of the city, with a cafe serving delicacies. Strong recommendation.
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Michael T
    Leeds, UK322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Streets are Mequinez, del Lomo, San Felipe, La Peñita, Teobaldo Power, Maretas.
    Takes about an hour in a circular tour from Plaza El Charco
    Written 7 March 2023
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  • Robert
    London, UK18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of Puerto De La Cruz both during the day and the night!! It is also a beautiful place to view sunset as there are many colourful and pretty sunsets over the city!!

    I would recommend visiting this area as it has a beautiful view and is a very good place to take photos!!
    Written 11 February 2024
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