With its lush greenery, historic quarter and dramatic coastline, Puerto de la Cruz holidays include everything that’s great about the north of Tenerife. This gorgeous coastal town is, in fact, one of the island’s first holiday resorts. When you explore this former fishing port with its botanical gardens, winding streets and leafy squares, you’ll be following in the footsteps of Agatha Christie, among others.
Situated between the lush La Orotova valley and the rugged Atlantic coastline, holidays to Puerto de la Cruz have the ideal mix of beach life, sub-tropical climate and typical Canarian charm. Days here can be spent between beach and lido, before wandering the historic quarter with its brightly coloured houses and restaurants. La Ranilla, the fishermen’s district, is the quirky part of town and a hub for local artists – discover galleries, independent boutiques and neighbourhood restaurants. Inland, the town of La Orotova is a beautifully preserved centre for shopping traditional crafts and discovering Tenerife’s best vineyards. All in all, you may find yourself spoilt for choice – but in the best way possible.
Step back in time
Drive to Garachico, a historic town with cobbled streets and colonial buildings, including a 16th-century convent flanked by palms. The town’s authentic bodegas and restaurants are a treat.
Visit a museum
Housed in the historic customs house, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must. Beautiful outside and in, view artworks by contemporary Canarian artists of the 20th century.
Get back to nature
Visitors have been enjoying the tropical plant varieties and heady scents of the Botanical Garden since it opened in 1788. Enjoy shady groves, meandering paths and majestic trees.