Visit Puerto de la Cruz in the Spain Travel Guide

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Visit Puerto de la Cruz

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

Explore 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. 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. There is also a Botanic garden in the El Botanico district which is the second oldest in Spain.

Near to the town is an attractive beach called the Jardin beach which is planted with palm trees.

Every year Puerto de la Cruz holds a 'Sardine Festival' the highlight of which is the parade of a large papier mache sardine to the water-front where it is ceremoniously blessed and then burnt. There is then a large firework display. This takes place in July.

Attractions nearby

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

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.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Western Canary Islands guide.

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Map of Puerto de la Cruz and places to visit

Places to visit near Puerto de la Cruz

La Orotava

La Orotava

La Orotava has wide streets, handsome squares and lovely churches and like Puerto de la Cruz is beautifully situated at the foot of Mount Teide.

La Orotava guide

Park Teide

Park Teide

In Park Teide is Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Spain. The park is a treat and not to be missed.

Park Teide guide

Garachico

Garachico

Garachico is a lovely jewel of a town, tiny but very elegant with colourful stucco buildings, elegant plazas, convents and mansions.

Garachico guide

La Laguna

La Laguna

La Laguna,San Cristobal de La Laguna,was originally the capital of Tenerife this inland town remains the cultural capital of Tenerife.

La Laguna guide

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has plenty to see and is the capital of Tenerife. The most popular beach is Las Teresitas made by importing tons of Saharan sand.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife guide

Masca

Masca

Masca is the most beautiful village on Tenerife. It is set in a stunning mountain location.

Masca guide