Do You Need to Hire a Car if Staying in Puerto de la Cruz?

Thu, January 21st, 2016 - By Jack Montgomery

Do I need to hire a car if I’m staying in Puerto de la Cruz? It’s a question which is regularly asked by people planning on visiting Tenerife. Not just about Puerto de la Cruz, but about all the resorts.

In this case we’re looking specifically at Puerto de la Cruz.

When it comes to holiday preferences there are those who prefer excursions and there are those who like to strike out on their own. Where excursions are are a convenient way to sightsee and good for highlights and brief tasters of any holiday destination, there is much that remains unseen by people who only go on coach tours.

The harbour, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Making your own arrangements opens up a whole new world of experiences that will be unique to you. Puerto de la Cruz is an ideal base from which to explore. Recent research showed people who chose Puerto de la Cruz were more likely to explore other parts than in any other resort area of Tenerife. The Tenerife Walking Festival is based in the northern town and Puerto boasts some of the best fiestas on Tenerife, ranging from traditional celebrations dating back to Guanche times to contemporary art in the street festivals.

There’s much to keep visitors occupied in the town itself. But the north coast is full of historic towns, eye-popping scenery, dramatic coastlines, fishing villages, atmospheric restaurants and endless walking trails. Some you can walk to, most require some mode of transport.

UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Laguna,

Because the northern side of Tenerife, including Puerto de la Cruz, is home to most of the Canarian population, public bus services from the town are excellent. Adventurous visitors benefit from the sheer number of commuter routes which link villages and towns along the north side of the island with the metropolis area of La Laguna and Santa Cruz. Subsequently regular bus routes lead to Buenavista del Norte, passing through the likes of Icod de los Vinos with its Drago Tree and picturesque Garachico en route in one direction. In another direction, lines head north east providing access to the likes of Santa Ursula, El Sauzal and Tacoronte; all places that were once popular with Victorian travellers but are now off the beaten track. Other routes head inland. Like the southern resorts, there’s an infrequent service to Teide National Park, but regular services to La Orotava, Los Realejos and even the heart of the pine forest in the splendiferous Orotava Valley.

Main plaza, Garachico, Tenerife

For a handful of Euros visitors can explore not only the northern highlights at their leisure (or southern parts as there are routes to both south and south west resort areas) but also fascinating towns and villages which have slipped from the modern tourist map.

All of which is a long way of saying no, you don’t need to hire a car if staying in Puerto de la Cruz.

Historic buildings, La Orotava, Tenerife

On the other hand, there are even more Tenerife secrets and some of the best restaurants on the island to be discovered beyond the bus stops which can only be reached by car or even by walking through the countryside for hours.

Posted : Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 12:24 pm
Category : about tenerife
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2 Responses to “Do You Need to Hire a Car if Staying in Puerto de la Cruz?”

  1. martin says:

    I tried going without a car on my visit this year and would agree – you do not need a car if you stay in Puerto de la Cruz and are happy to use the bus visit places (and there are many you can visit) along the north coast. I spent E25 for 10 days of travel. However, wander too far off the major routes and travel is more difficult. Going to the Anaga is not easy on the bus – and I’m not sure its practical given the route timetables. On the other hand, there seem to be plenty of car hire places in Puerto that one could pick up a car for that out of the way trip quite easily (though I didn’t try this myself).

  2. martin says:

    Jack, a further comment if I may…

    If planning to go car-free, one needs to be aware that the last bus from TFN Los Rodeos airport to Puerto de la Cruz leaves at 9:30 pm (or soon after) – this applies to both the 102 and 343, I believe. This is not a problem for afternoon flights BUT the “new” direct flight from Heathrow is scheduled in at 9:05 pm. That doesn’t leave much room for flight delays or slow baggage delivery, and that flight has a passport check on landing, too.

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