The Orchid Garden Sitio Litre is a haven of peace and nature in the middle of Puerto de la Cruz, where you can enjoy a wide range of tropical and subtropical plants. Here you can also find the largest collection of orchids on the island of Tenerife, as well as the oldest and most majestic dragon tree in Puerto de la Cruz.
Guests of Sitio Litre mansion
The Sitio Litre mansion has been going through renowned personalities who have been enjoying their stay in this place. On the one hand, it was the headquarters of a Dutch wine export company that held the property for almost half a century. In 1774 it was transferred to British hands, specifically to the merchant Archibald Little. In the following century it was sold again to a Briton, Charles Smith, whose family owned the property until the end of the 20th century.
In addition, the painter who also worked as a botanist, Marianne North, lived for several months in this mansion and left her mark here in the form of an artistic work that is currently exhibited in the Royal Gardens of London. However, you can enjoy copies of her work available to the public in the Orchid Garden Sitio Litre.
Mr. Charles Smith used this mansion to give some parties in which famous people usually attended, amazed not only with the house and its gardens, but with the majesty of the La Orotava Valley and the Teide reigning over it. Some of these celebrities were Sir Richard Burton, first European to enter the holy city of Mecca, and discoverer of Lake Tanganyika, Agatha Cristie and his daughter Rosalyn, who wrote a work during her stay, and the German explorer and botanist Alexander Von Humboldt, who was fascinated by the beauty of the island.
Finally, it was in 1996 when the business owner John Lucas acquired this place and later opened it to the public until today.
When can you go to Sitio Litre gardens?
Sitio Litre gardens are open every day from 9:30 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon. And if you want to receive more detailed information about this place, the contact telephone number of the gardens is 922 382417.
Time to get to know these famous gardens
The Orchid Garden Sitio Litre is an unknown place to many people that has not been properly publicized as it should be. Entering the Orchid Garden Sitio Litre is like transporting you to another place full of tranquility and where there are still some reminiscences of historical personalities and past experiences of the illustrious people who passed through here.
We recommend you to enjoy a visit to this beautiful place and we hope to meet you if you stay at Apartamentos Ambassador, our apartments in Puerto de la Cruz from which you can have a perfect place to relax and enjoy Puerto de la Cruz, near many places of interest to visit, as the Botanical Garden, which is only 600 meters away from the apartments.