Visit Puerto de la Cruz in the Spain Travel Guide

Puerto de la Cruz, Canary Islands

Visit Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is on the north of the island of Tenerife, one of the Western Canary Islands.

Visit Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz became the main port of Tenerife following the destruction of Garachico's port by a volcanic eruption in 1706. Puerto de la Cruz is also the oldest of Tenerife's resorts and one of its most important.

Interestingly for a major resort Puerto de la Cruz doesn't have any good beaches but it makes up for this with a magnificent lido, the Lago Martianez, designed by Cesar Manrique.

There are certainly ugly, modern parts to the town but the old colonial centre is very attractive containing many old houses with their typical canarian balconies, narrow winding streets, and lovely shady plazas.

Puerto de la Cruz Attractions

The Plaza del Charco is the main plaza. It is shaded by palm trees and has a central fountain and pool. It is an excellent spot to relax and admire the architecture of the surrounding buildings.

One of Puerto de la Cruz's oldest buildings, the Church of San Fransisco, is on the Plaza de la Iglesia (Church Square). The church has an attractive interior.

Up above the town is the enormous casino of Puerto de la Cruz. The Casino Taoro. This was built in the 19th century and in its heyday famous guests include Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie. The views from up here are excellent and the casino is set in a large park.

Take a visit to the tropical gardens of Loro Parque, especially if you have children as they can see dolphins at the park.

Puerto de la Cruz Area

The Bananera El Guanche plantation is a banana plantation that you can visit.

Icod de los Vinos is the place to see the oldest of Tenerife's amazing dragon trees. It is thought to be thousands of years old.

See also:

Map of Puerto de la Cruz & places nearby

Selected places to visit near Puerto de la Cruz