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Visit Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife's charming resort

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

For a long time the most popular resort in the Canaries, Puerto de la Cruz has somewhat lost the support of holidaymakers, who now prefer the well managed beaches and sunny climate of the south. Nevertheless, this very touristic city remains the second most popular place in Tenerife and it offers a myriad of hotels, bars and restaurants for visitors. The hotels here are of a good quality, but the choice of beaches is still very limited. La Playa Jardin, surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, remains unquestionably the most interesting and best equipped of all the beaches. A large pool complex, the Lago Martianez, (designed by the local artist Cesar Manrique), features vast swimming pools and artificial canals that extend to the heart of beautiful tropical vegetation.

The houses in the old city have also retained a completely Canarian authenticity with their large balconies covered in flowers. The old city itself, contains a few monuments of interest including Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia and the Castle of San Felipe which hosts the Naval Museum, the House of the Naval Officers and the Ranilla. As for the Westerdahl Museum, this is dedicated to modern art with signature works by Miro, Ernst and Picasso.

La Orotava, a hilly, verdant region nearby, is a city that remains one of the major cultural centres of the island. A network of marked out trails allows you to easily explore the landscape in the surrounding areas, which is dominated by the imposing silhouette of Pico del Teide, the highest peak in Spain.

To see

If possible, you must go to the 'Die festival' (the first Sunday in June), when people decorate the streets and squares in a carpet of flowers and volcanic stone. Another unmissable sight is the Botanical Garden and the old city of La Orotava, which is located off the coast and considered to be one of the island's most beautiful old cities.

To do

The north of Tenerife remains a destination of choice for sports enthusiasts who wish to practise their windsurfing, horse riding, golf, scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, tennis, hiking and climbing. In addition, both children and adults alike can enjoy the large aquatic complex of Lago Martianez, and the popular wildlife park of Loro Park, near Puerto de la Cruz.

pros

  • +  Possesses the charm typical of a former fishing port
  • +  The local aquatic complex Lago Martiánez
  • +  The vegetation is more varied and thicker
  • +  Teide Natural Park, one of Unesco's World Heirtage Sites

cons

  • -  The weather is more humid than on the south coast
  • -  The transfer time from the airport is sometimes long
  • -  Sometimes long transfer times from the airport
  • -  The lack of a real beach.

To think about

Live your days like the locals: the Spanish rhythm means that the afternoon starts at about 4:00pm. and extends to 9:00pm, dinner is not eaten before this time! Stores and offices close between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, but most will reopen their doors until 8:00pm or later.

To avoid

Lovers of beautiful beaches should opt for the south coast of Tenerife. Avoid talking about Francoism (Franco started the civil war in the Canaries), as it may make the local people uncomfortable.

To try

The traditional dish in the Canaries is a meat and vegetable soup that is typically served with rabbit. All dishes are accompanied with papas, Canarian potatoes served with the local sauce known as mojo. The dessert is usually the huevos mole, an egg-based mousse and the frangollo, a rich and creamy dessert available in different flavours. Do not hesitate to taste the Tenerife red wine for it is delicious - we recommend the Tacoronte.

To bring back

There are very few local handcrafts in Tenerife. You can, however, bring back some sculptures, jewellery, flowers (strelitzias or 'Parrot's Beak'), semi-precious stones (the Olivina, which comes from the Teide volcano) or bottles of malvasia, an amber coloured and highly alcoholic sweet wine. Be aware that the Canaries archipelago is a tax free port where you can buy a lot of non-taxed products.

Weather Puerto de la Cruz

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Puerto de la Cruz . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Puerto de la Cruz so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Puerto de la Cruz , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather September
Overall rating 88/100
  • Temperature indicators 100% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 96% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 64% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 80% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 82% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 72% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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