We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Calle Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Phone Number: +34 922 38 24 17
Improve this listing
9:30 am - 6:00 am
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The mansion was built in 1730 and it seems was originally the...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 271 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 113
  • 103
    Very good
  • 35
  • 14
  • 6
For plant lovers

This private garden open to the public is quite small but very atmospheric and quaint. The small cafe is very English, as it is run by the English owners of the house. Ideal for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Diane M
Cocentaina, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Similar Things to Do in Puerto de la Cruz

Add Photo Write a Review

271 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Cocentaina, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This private garden open to the public is quite small but very atmospheric and quaint. The small cafe is very English, as it is run by the English owners of the house. Ideal for a gentle stroll on a hot afternoon to wile away an hour or so, especially if orchids are your passion.

Thank Diane M
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little garden is hidden away down a sidestreet. Huge pond with large koi carp which you are encouraged to feed having purchased the fish food on site. Charming flowers, plants and of course the display of orchids. Small snack bar with toilets nearby. A pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Thank Sunseeker215
Essex, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Jardin De Orquideas is great for something to do on an afternoon were you're short of plans. A bit of an uphill walk from the sea front. The gardens themselves were very beautiful and have a variety of plants and trees. The grounds and well kept and toilets are clean. At only 4.50€ it's a no brainer on a sunny... More 

Thank Sophie R
Malton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Spending a few days in Tenerife invariably draws me back to the beautiful gardens and this garden specialising in Orchids is at the top of my list.Whilst only part of the garden is devoted to orchids, the remainder is equally interesting being devoted to trees and shrubs which grow so well in the warm temperatures all year round.Equally there is... More 

Thank edwardp463
Level Contributor
153 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Just a short walk from our hotel this is a very relaxing garden and very well kept too. This was our second visit here and we love it. Plenty of wee seats to sit & soak up the atmosphere.

1 Thank MeanEyedCat
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Worth a visit this little oasis of peace and serenity, I'm no expert on flowers or gardens but I did enjoy my hour or so here.

Thank guido342
Redditch, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

As this was close to our hotel we decided to take a look at this "English" garden. Entrance charge was small. Gardens well kept with large number of orchids amongst other exotic plants and 2 Dragon trees. Agatha Christie spent time writing in this tranquil peaceful garden which is an inspiration to anyone visiting it. The garden is not well... More 

1 Thank showcoachman
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Lovely place to visit. There is nice markets around this place, there you can buy hand made stuff for good price.

Thank maria k
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This is also within walking distance of the Riu Garoe hotel. Enjoyed visiting this very English garden, lots of colour and some very hungry fish!

1 Thank Jamjars2014
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Very reasonable price and a great way to spend an hour. Is lovely to wander around. The shop sold random stuff not what I was expecting, There is a cafe at the back dont order the coffee its totally undrinkable. Strange coz the coffee in Tenerife was fantstic bar here.

Thank Julie D

Travelers who viewed Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre also viewed

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Been to Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?