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The garden at Sitio Litre in Puerto de la Cruz, built in 1730, is one of the oldest gardens on the island of Tenerife. The privately owned estate is known for its collection of tropical and subtropical plants as well as a famous orchid garden which is open to the public.
Once a monastery, the estate was purchased by an Englishman, Mr. Archibald Little, who lived in the villa with his family. It became know at that time as 'Little's Place' which in Spanish evolved into 'Sitio Litre'.
Mr. Little reformed the villa and garden, turning it into a guest house with beautiful surrounding gardens.
Alexander Von Humboldt bonsai garden
It was sold in later years and the present owner, who purchased it in 1996, opened the gardens to the public.
The Orchid Bower
The garden contains one of the oldest dragon trees in Puerto de la Cruz and the orchid garden with the largest collection on the island.
Frangipani (Plumeria Alba)
Among the well-known people who stayed at Sitio Litre when it was a guest house are Alexander von Humboldt, Oscar Wilde, Marianne North and Agatha Christie with her daughter Rosalind.
It was here that Agatha Christie was inspired to write 'The Mysterious Mr. Quinn'.
A luncheon for the charity group 'Friends of Tenerife' held amidst beautiful surroundings at the outdoor cafe in The Orchid Garden.
The garden has a Koi pond, a small gift shop and a charming outdoor cafe.
Open from 9:30 to 6 pm daily.
Telephone 922 38 24 17
Calle Sitio Litre s/n, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.