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Visit Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife's charming resort

  • 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 ...
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  • Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, Playa Jardin is unquestionably the most attractive and best equipped beach.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

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.

Puerto de la Cruz: what 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.

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.

  • 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
  • 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.

Reminders

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.

Puerto de la Cruz: what to eat?

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.

Puerto de la Cruz: what to buy?

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.

Puerto de la Cruz Reviewedhotels
  • 8.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Botanico The Oriental Spa Garden
    Puerto de la Cruz - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Luxury and leisure are the catchwords of the Botanico hotel. ...

  • 7.75 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Las Aguilas
    Puerto de la Cruz - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Perched on its eagle's nest on the heights of Puerto de la Cruz, ...

  • 7.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Luabay Tenerife
    Puerto de la Cruz - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Luabay is probably the trendiest, and certainly the youngest, ...

  • 7.65 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    La Quinta Park Suites
    Puerto de la Cruz - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Haven in the heart of the green valley from Orotava, the Quinta ...

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