Nature

In Puerto de la Cruz, only 7 minutes from Hotel Botanico, be sure to visit the incredible and internationally renowned Loro Parque animal park, which is also the most beloved tourist attraction of the Canary Islands. This natural paradise will help you create unforgettable memories of your holiday. Loro Parque awaits with extraordinary experiences and carefully recreated natural habitats that will take you directly to the animal kingdom. Loro Parque is one of the leading animal parks in the world, and the word that best defines it is “excellence”. As the best in Europe, it is also the most award-winning zoo in Spain and the recipient of the prestigious Prince Felipe Award for Business Excellence.

You will discover the Antarctic at Planet Penguin, which houses an iceberg and hundreds of penguins. Visit Orca Ocean and witness the strength of the orcas (bred in captivity at the SeaWorld facility in the United States) at the only reserve in Spain, or be amazed by the acrobatic tricks of dolphins in one of the most prized and admired shows in Europe. The sea lions will make you laugh with their jokes and skills, and be sure to stop by the adorable parrot show. As you walk along the winding paths through lush vegetation, you will discover birds and animals from every corner of the world. At Katandra Treetops, another great attraction, you’ll see hundreds of spectacular birds fly from tree to tree, at eye level!   Loro Parque has all of this and more.

In 2008, Loro Parque inaugurated a spectacular water park on the southern end of the island. “Siam Park, The Water Kingdom” is a new generation of water parks that will revolutionise the concept of theme parks around the world. To visit both parks, you can enjoy a “Twin Ticket” at a special price.

Mount Teide National Park

Mount Teide National Park is one of the most spectacular volcano sites in the world and also the best example of an alpine volcano ecosystem in the Canary Islands. With an altitude of 3,718 metres above sea level, Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain and throughout the Atlantic archipelagos. The wide variety of volcanic cones and domes, lava flows, sharp rocks and caves form an extraordinary range of colours and shapes that boost the area’s scientific and scenic interest. As far as the enormous biological wealth of this region, the unique flora includes a high percentage of endemic species and the invertebrate fauna features many exclusive species In addition to the Peripheral Protection Zone, it is surrounded by the Corona Forestal Nature Park, the largest protected natural area in the Canary Islands. Mount Teide National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the summer of 2007.

Situation: 55 minutes or 35 km

Corona Forestal Nature Park

The Corona Forestal Nature Park, a dense forest of pine trees and other alpine species, surrounds Mount Teide National Park. Stretching out across nearly 50,000 hectares, this park, which is the largest protected area in the Canary Islands, covers extraordinary landscapes along mountains, ravines and valleys between the northern and southern ends of the island. It represents Tenerife’s green lung and is easily accessible from any part of the island. The Corona Forestal Nature Park is the natural habitat of countless endemic species such as the slim Canary Pine or the blue chaffinch and the white-tailed laurel pigeon, two Canary bird species. Although the pine trees at the Corona were used in logging operations in the past, this area is now primarily a recreational space for all types of nature activities. Many restaurants—most specialised in grilled meat—and countless leisure spots equipped with barbecues and other services are the perfect accessory for enjoying this gorgeous park that the people of Tenerife are particularly proud of.

Location: 20 minutes or 10 km

Rambla de Castro

The Rambla de Castro protected landscape is a rich natural area and one of the most lush and fertile parts of the island. The Hacienda de Castro was built in the beginning of the 16th century by Hernando de Castro. This Portuguese merchant received the land in the first distribution and it then became a fruitful agricultural operation. Today, the banana plantations coexist with other plant species, such as Canary Island palm trees and dragon trees, the natural symbol of Tenerife. Dating back to the 18th century, San Pedro’s hermitage and San Fernando’s fort—built as a defence against pirate attacks—are the two most important buildings of this old estate.

Location: 10 minutes or 10 km

Botanical Garden

The Puerto de la Cruz Botanical Garden was created by Royal Order of King Carlos III in 1788 due to the need to grow species from the tropics somewhere in Spain with a suitable climate. It houses large collections of tropical and subtropical plants, with a special emphasis on different types of palm trees such as Bromeliaceae, Arecaceae and Moraceae. There are many plants and trees that are interesting because of their beauty, size, age, rarity or remote place of origin. As a scientific institution, the garden performs international germo-plasm exchanges. It has an herb garden specialising in native Canary flora, with more than 30 species, and it carries out research programmes on the flora and vegetation of the Canary Islands and the conservation of endemic species.

Location: 2 minutes or 50 metres