Welcome to Taoro Park, one of many places and corners of Puerto de la Cruz which keep numerous stories, where you can breathe tranquility, take part of the living history of the city and where to spot some of the best views you can find in North Tenerife.
Taoro Park was formerly called Mount Misery and covered about one hundred thousand square meters.
What can be found in the Taoro Park?
The Taoro Park is divided into several areas. On the one hand we find the Atalaya, perfect for walking with family and breathing tranquility, while enjoying fountains, waterfalls, palm trees, gardens and subtropical plants. In the area of Atalaya you can also enjoy viewpoints, playgrounds, terraces and ceramic murals. To enjoy the performance of these aquatic shows such as waterfalls and fountains, you must visit the Taoro Park after 18 o´clock.
Secondly, there is the area of the Casino, where one of the first large hotels of the country was built. This is the Hotel Taoro, opened in 1890 by the French architect Adolph Coquet. Later, in 1979, it was transformed into the headquarter of a luxurious casino until 2006, the year in which the Casino moved to the Lago Martiánez. Among others, Agatha Christie was one of the most famous people who were accommodated here, joining other famous personalities of recognized name that have passed through the streets of Puerto de la Cruz. However, the fate of Hotel Taoro has been a bit irregular. The difficult terrain on which it was built brought many problems, and a fire that took place in 1929. Despite its excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Taoro Hotel, named The Orotava Grand Hotel Company Limited in its beginning, did not have the expected success and ceased to be profitable. That is why, it finally had to close, leaving way to new business models such as the Casino. Currently they are still looking for ways to bring this property back to life, and some possibilities are being considered, but so far, none of the proposals seem to ensure profitability.
Finally there is the Camino de la Sortija, a place where numerous celebrations are usually held, and therefore it is one of the most emblematic places for the inhabitants. In this area of Taoro Park, the British colony used to hold her horse ring racings, that is how it got its name (ring road). Today it is an area where it is very common to see many people practicing sport.
Another recognized place of Taoro Park is the Anglican Church, a witness of memorable times of this city when the British colony was well established in these lands. It belongs since 1964to the Diocese of Gibraltar. A neogothic style church whose construction began in the last decade of the nineteenth century and whose architecture transports us to small towns in the UK. Private donations have been the source of income required for this Church to being able to enjoy its interior furnishings, altar, stained glass and baptismal font. The Church also is embraced by landscaped gardens honoring the victims of a plane crash. In addition, the Anglican Church located in the Taoro Park, was also a place very appreciated by the Hotel Taoro, since many of the British guests who were staying in it, could attend masses of the protestant religion.
How to enjoy the Taoro Park?
The Taoro Park is usually open permanently and is free for anyone who wishes to visit this landmark of Puerto de la Cruz.
The Taoro Park is barely 7 minutes drive from Apartments Ambassador, a place that we hope will be your future holiday place at a future stay at Puerto de la Cruz. We will be at your disposal,to spend some wonderful days in this historic city.