A holiday in Tenerife’s beautiful port city of Puerto de la Cruz is a delight for all types of traveller, whether you’re visiting for a relaxing winter break with your partner or taking the whole family for a summer holiday extravaganza.
Situated on Tenerife’s northern coast, Puerto de la Cruz is a stylish, serene and elegant holiday destination. It boasts a fine selection of restaurants, a dreamy garden beach, sophisticated shopping plazas and scenic beach bars that wouldn’t be out of place in the pages of a glossy mag. The resort’s unique location – neatly wedged between the soft waves of the sea and the La Orotava Valley – results in its own microclimate and the area sees more sun and less rain than the rest of the island, but still retains a tropical appearance.
Having begun life as a busy port to serve the nearby towns, Puerto de la Cruz still retains a lot of its heritage and charm, and that’s reflected in the city’s way of life and culture. The harbour is a lively centre of activity, with brightly coloured boats bobbing on gentle waves and delicious food stalls lining the pavements, together creating a perfect blend of sights, sounds and smells to ease you into holiday mode.
Punta Brava is a must-see during your visit to Puerto de la Cruz. With its palm tree-lined beach, rugged cliffs and unique clusters of clifftop multi-coloured houses, it’s a lovely place to spend a relaxing day. Exploring the village itself offers a quaint perspective from the narrow streets, as well as a great selection of welcoming local bars and cafes to sit back and watch the world go by.
Taking a trip over to Los Realejos is a step off the beaten track and a glimpse back in time. A proud historical location, Los Realejos is where the Spanish took control of Tenerife in 1496, and the town retains a lot of that mystique to this day. The steep slopes, sun-soaked sandy beach and traditional Canarian dining spots such as El Monasterio, where you’ll find no less than five delicious restaurants occupying a former monastery. Los Realejos will add something special to your Puerto de la Cruz adventure.
Icod de los Vinos
Another fantastic day trip to factor into your Puerto de la Cruz holiday is Icod de los Vinos with its picture-perfect groves, Mediterranean greenery and quaint, curious streets. The town square is a shady paradise of culture and fine foods, with plenty of spots to rest and enjoy the whitewashed walls and lush, leafy trees. Keeping to the tree theme, the town is also famous for a unique umbrella-shaped ‘dragon’ tree. Stroll around the hills or the coastal path around the town and look back on it for some superb photo opportunities, especially around sunset. Icod de los Vinos is Tenerife at its most natural and beautiful.
Exploring Puerto de la Cruz...
Puerto de la Cruz harbour
The harbour is the centre of life in Puerto de la Cruz, and most visitors love the traditional Canarian food on offer here. From freshly-cooked, sizzling paella to the fresh fish stalls, your taste buds will thank you for adding the harbour to your holiday itinerary. Take a boat trip from here for stunning views of the coast and get some of the fresh sea air in your lungs. You’ll find the harbour an even more buzzing place when the fairground or circus are in town, and July is party time with the July Fiestas and Carnival featuring cocktail stalls and sugary treats to savour.
Loro Parque is Puerto de la Cruz’s zoo, and it’s a day out jam-packed with fun and education. The 13.5 hectare site has a great variety of wildlife species, with the orcas, dolphins, sea lions and parrots proving especially popular with guests. You can also have fish swim straight over your head in the underwater tunnel – it’s just like snorkelling under the Canarian waves.
A British construct in the late 19th century, the spectacular hotel resides within 100,000 square metres of tropical gardens overlooking the town of Puerto de la Cruz below. The waterfall to the front of the hotel cascades through the beautiful terraces while lizards sit on top of rocks and visitors stroll through this peaceful oasis. A visit to the hotel’s grounds will also see you follow in the footsteps of the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie – you’ll feel like you’re in another world!
Puerto de la Cruz is a great choice of holiday, and the city’s many attractions, water sports, beautiful harbour, gentle walking trails and terrific restaurants will have you booking to return the moment you arrive! If you’re on a family holiday with energetic smaller members of the family you’ll have no problem keeping them amused, with water parks, pools, parks and driving experiences to thrill and excite them. Couples or groups of adult friends will also find plenty to explore, from coastal walks to botanical gardens and beachside bars, your stay can be as action-packed or relaxing as you want it to be.
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