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10-Jul-2017 20:38

Long awaited expansion plans to the gardens are finally underway, but it could be a couple of years before we see the ‘fruits’ of these (ouch).

These gardens have been in English ownership since 1774 and in their time have enjoyed the company of such luminaries as Alexander von Humboldt, Marianne North and Agatha Christie.

Originally built by the English in the late 19th century, the former Casino and Hotel Taoro is perched in 100,000 square metres of gardens on the site of a volcanic cone overlooking the town.

Views from here allow you to see the whole of Puerto de la Cruz laid out below you and you can reference everywhere by the two main plazas of Charco and Iglesia with their oases of palm trees.

A self-service restaurant provides a reasonably priced range of food and drinks and there are shower, toilet and changing facilities.

In the upmarket district of La Paz, a 10 minute taxi ride from Plaza del Charco, is the magnificent Botanico Gardens with over 5,000 exotic tree and plant specimens from all over the world.

Tickets are €30 for adults and €19 for children (6 to 11 years) and include entrance to all the shows.

Designed by Lanzarote-born architect César Manrique, the swimming pool complex of Lago Martiánez is like the setting for a James Bond movie; seven pools, including a 15,000 square metre artificial lake which has an island in its centre below which is housed the town’s Casino, are set around tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls, foot bridges and sun terraces.

All the shows are spectacular so you’ll need a full day to cram everything in.Populated by sculptures by Manrique, the complex includes bars, restaurants and snack bars as well as kiosks for ice cream and sweeties.