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.
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.
Meet the Locals
Waterfalls and Pots
Pools with a View
Tea on the Lawn
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+