Gardens of Tenerife, Risco Bello Aquatic Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz

Tenerife isn’t anything like mainland Spain hot in summer. But on some days it can feel as though my brain is oozing out my ears. At these times I have to escape from the keyboard and seek fresh(er) air.

Going for long walks where there’s no shade is borderline madness in July and August. Which is where leafy gardens come in useful, enabling us enjoy nature’s gifts without getting seared like tuna on the barbie in the process.

Puerto de la Cruz is probably the number one spot on Tenerife for people who enjoy leisurely strolls through gardens. There are a few to chose from with Risco Bello, beside the former Hotel Taoro, being one of the more curious examples.

These family run aquatic gardens have seen better days, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a beautiful and tranquil place to explore. Their faded, olde worlde character may put some off, but for others it will simply add to the charm.

Subtropical World

Subtropical, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Paths descend through various levels, as lush as a lost world. Its wild and quasi-jungle style might not suit people who prefer their gardens more manicured, but we love the carefree element to Risco Bello; it feels more like a natural space.

Get Closer

Stepping stones on the pond, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Stepping stones lead into the centre of some pools, allowing a better opportunity to see some of the birds that may be lurking in the undergrowth.

Meet the Locals

Terrapin, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Apart from plants, attractions come on the form of some local characters who like to hang about the pools, like this fellow.

Waterfalls and Pots

Pot waterfall, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
There are a few waterfalls around Risco Bello, not always working. This pot waterfall is particularly attractive when water trickles down the pots. However, it was waterless last time I was there.

Pools with a View

Pools with a view, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
As Risco Bello tumbles down the side of a hill above Puerto de la Cruz, you get some great views of the town and along the north coast as a bonus.

Crossing Bridges

Oriental bridge, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Paths meander through the gardens with the style occasionally changing. This section has a distinctly Oriental vibe.

Wildlife

Heron, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
One of the things we particularly like about Risco Bello is that it is a draw for local bird-life who come and go as they please. Heron and egrets are common visitors.

Cute Attack

Ducklings, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
And if you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with a recent hatching of a new batch of seriously cute ducklings.

Tea on the Lawn

Memories of Tenerife, Risco Bello, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
This always reminds me of the famous photograph ‘A Memory of Avignon’. In this case, after tea and cakes on the lawn, it’s more ‘a wonderful memory of Puerto de la Cruz’.

Risco Bello; Parque Taoro, Puerto de la Cruz; open every day from 09.30 to 18.00; entrance free to café, €4 to water gardens.

 

Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+

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