Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Gardens, Nature & Parks

The Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is an exquisite and elegant jungle perfect for tourists who’d like to take a break from the buzz of the city. The tropical garden, covering an area of over 12 hectares, is the largest green area in the bustling capital. It houses hundreds of species of palm trees which are divided into biogeographic sections.

The streams, lakes, and waterfalls all add up to the naturalistic charm of this oasis. Being the only landscaped hill along the city’s coast, the Palmetum offers unobstructed views of the city, the sea and the Anaga maintain range.

This project is unique in the world. A former municipal rubbish, the area was transformed from a dumpsite into a fantastic recreational space. The garden is now bursting with spectacular plants brought here through partnerships with institutions from all over the world.

A Brief History

The Palmetum is located on the southern of the city, on land claimed from the sea. In the past, the area was where people with contagious diseases were housed. Later, it was turned into a dumpsite. As the city grew in size, the dumpsite was closed due to the noxious gases and fumes the fermenting waste released.

In 1995, the town council decided to transform this mountain of waste. Led by agronomist Manuel Caballero, and with the approval of artist Cesar Manrique, this wasteland was converted to a botanical garden. It was opened to the public in 2014 by the Prince and Princess of Asturias.

Colección Palmetum de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Colección Palmetum de Santa Cruz de Tenerife – @elduendesuarez

Things to Do at Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Take a walk around the world without having to leave the comforts of the sunny Tenerife Island. At the Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, guests will find an array of flora from Asia, South America, Africa and more. These rare and beautiful species are exhibited in the garden through its well-maintained biogeographical sections.

Admire the Rich Flora

At present, over 2,000 plant species await the visitors of Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This well-manicured garden has almost 500 valuable and rare palm varieties, thereby making it a reference collection. On the other hand, species other than palms have been planted for their conservation or educational value.

Enjoy Bird Watching

Due to its dense vegetation, the Palmetum has been the best place in the city for bird watching. Year after year, colorful native birds find a home in this tropical and subtropical abode. Guests are often treated to the melodies these elusive creatures make whenever they visit the botanical garden. Some are quite spectacular and easy to spot, while others need patience and a more expert eye.

Have a Relaxing Garden Stroll

Aside from the rich flora and fauna, the garden also boasts wonderful landscapes shaped through years of developing and improving designs. Strolling through the garden, guests will spot impressive features such as three waterfalls and the rockeries created from massive volcanic rocks. It’s a serene place to wander, with strategically placed benches for contemplating the seamless sea views.

One of the garden’s most beautiful and intimate sections is the Octagon. It is an environment with lots of shades, streams, and waterfalls which create a humid atmosphere. Here, visitors will find cacao trees, vanilla plants, different types of yam plant and the holy bananas.

Visit the Palm Museum

Located at the entrance of the building, visitors won’t and shouldn’t miss the impressive Palm Museum. Here, guests will find an exhibit of fossils, toys made from palms and various sculptures. In the future, this small exhibition will be expanded into an authentic and extensive ethnographic palm tree museum.

How to Get There

The Palmetum is located in the district of Cabo Llanos, by the Parque Maritimo Cesar Manrique. The easiest and most convenient way to reach the attraction is by taking a car.

From Tenerife South Airport, the Palmetum can be reached by taking the TF-1 motorway. Then, take Exit 3 to TF-4. Guests may also use these GPS coordinates: 28°27’4.19” N – 16°15’12.60” W.

Alternatively, the cost-efficient TITSA bus also services this part of the city. From the airport, guests walk to Aeropuerto Tenerife Sur and take the bus lines 111 or 711. Take off at Meridiano, which is just a couple of steps away from the Palmetum. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes including the transit by foot.

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices

The Palmetum botanical garden is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and is available all year round. However, please note that the gate closes at 17:00.

Basic ticket prices range from 1,50 to 6,00 Euros depending on the visitors’ age and residency. Toddlers aged 2 and below may enter free of charge. Special discount also applies to residents who are unemployed or disabled.

To ensure that the visit is as informative as it can be, visitors may also hire the service of a knowledgeable tour guide at an additional cost. Should guests opt to have a guided tour, they must confirm the date of visit and the number of visitors at least six days prior by emailing [email protected]

An Oasis in the Heart of a Concrete Jungle

Spending a couple of days in Puerto de la Cruz can be invigorating yet also arduous, being one of the most tourist-congested cities in Tenerife. Visitors looking to break free from the usual grind of this metropolitan doesn’t have to look far.

In the midst of the buzz, perched on a hill by the coast is an oasis in the form of the Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. With its stylish gardens, rare and exotic flora, and stunning lookout points, visitors will find themselves immersed in an enormous secret garden, completely oblivious to the hectic city.

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