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Top Choice Canarian in Puerto de la Cruz

Tito’s Bodeguita

Despite the mildly offputting location right off a busy roundabout, a few kilometres south of the town centre, the patios, flower-filled gardens and atmospheric interior of this 18th-century country mansion are a de…
Top Choice Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz

Jardín Botánico

Established in 1788, this magnificent botanical garden has thousands of plant varieties from all over the world and is a delightful place in which to while away an afternoon smelling the roses. As well as the major …
Top Choice Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz

Risco Belle Aquatic Gardens

This is not just any old garden; step through the entrance and you are met by a sweeping lawn punctuated with tables and chairs, citrus trees, and tropical plants, like birds of paradise and poinsettias. In the hist…
Top Choice Historic Building in La Orotava

Casa de los Balcones

The setting is sublime, an ornate mansion dating from 1632 with rooms set around a central patio complete with historic photos and memorabilia. One room is devoted to lacework. Bypass the Chinese imports to admire t…
Top Choice Canarian in Garachico

Mirador de Garachico

This pleasing combo of contemporary bar and restaurant, plus tasteful art-and-crafts store, serves up creative dishes including a rabbit timbale that came local top in a local foodie contest. Expect combinations lik…
Top Choice Gardens in La Orotava

Jardínes del Marquesado de la Quinta Roja

Also known as the Jardín Victoria, these French-influenced 18th-century gardens cascade down the hillside and are crowned by a small marble mausoleum built as a tomb for the Marqués de la Quinta Roja. However, appar…
Zoo in Puerto de la Cruz

Loro Parque

Travelling around Tenerife, the Loro Parque flag is so ubiquitous that you could be forgiven for thinking they sponsor Tenerife. But we’ll give them their dues because where else can you see over 350 species of parr…
Park in Icod de los Vinos

Drago Park

Located past Plaza Constitución (aka Plaza Pila), a square with historic Canary homes, is Drago Park, where you can pay to get up close to the pride of the town – a tree said to be the world’s largest and oldest dr…
Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz

Sitio Litre Garden

This delighful garden is exquisitely laid out with walkways, fountains, tropical and subtropical plants and flowers, plus the oldest drago (dragon) tree in town. The highlight is, naturally enough, the orchid walk t…
International in La Orotava

Restaurante Victoria

Dine in Hotel Rural Victoria's elegant atrium at this superb restaurant. Okay, so perhaps sticky toffee pudding is not the height of culinary sophistication but the Scottish chef stops short of serving mushy peas; o…