A Photo Guide to Puerto de la Cruz

Fri, October 12th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

Puerto de la Cruz – Tenerife’s sophisticated northern resort according to some; cloudy, cool and rains a lot according to others. Like Tenerife itself, Puerto de la Cruz suffers from confused perceptions. It’s often described as a tranquil resort with no nightlife to suit younger visitors… and that’s by regular visitors to the town. And yet there are wild, wacky and wonderful fiestas galore throughout the year.

So what’s the truth? Cool, Quiet and cloudy or sunny, sophisticated and satisfyingly Spanish? Have a look at the photos and make your own mind up.

Beaches – Lago Martíanez

 

Lago Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

We recently posted a blog about Puerto’s beaches and most good resorts have beaches anyway. What most resorts don’t have is lagoon-sized swimming pools for those sunseekers who get a bit nervy when faced with the Atlantic. Lago Martíanez, like Siam Park in Costa Adeje, also plays host to music festivals as well as having a casino under one of its lakes.

Shopping – Go Local

 

Wine stalls, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

From clothes to crafts to culinary goodies, Puerto de la Cruz can sate the appetite of the most ardent shop-aholic. Best of all is when the town holds one of its local fairs and visitors and residents get the opportunity to try some truly local wines from La Orotava and surrounding towns and villages.

Hotels in Puerto de la Cruz

 

Gardens, Hotel Botanico, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

There’s a mixed bag ranging from unassuming pensions to the luxurious Hotel Botanico whose gardens have a definite Far Eastern flavour. Suites named after Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton should give an idea of the sort of people who stay there.

I Like the Nightlife

 

Open air concert, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Stick to the few Brit bars and Puerto’s liveliest nightlife spots may always remain a secret. Nightlife isn’t of the sort you’ll find in Playa de las Américas but the lively bars are there… as are a lot of open air concerts where you’ll get to see the best of Tenerife’s original live music scene.

Food and Restaurants

 

Food Stall, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

If you want to experience authentic Canarian and Spanish cuisine, you’ll be spoiled for choice in El Puerto… just watch your head on those hanging jamons and strings of chorizos. Churros and chocolate are more the thing than all day British breakfasts.

Leafy Plazas

 

Plaza in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Sipping a café cortado whilst people watching in a picturesque plaza next to a pretty church borders on being common-place in Puerto.

Lush and leafy

 

Botanical Gardens, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

If a stroll around sub-tropical gardens rings your bell, there are at least six to chose from in Puerto with the best being the famous Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava – also known as the Botanical Gardens if you don’t want to fill your mouth with words.

Water Sports

 

Fiesta San Juan, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

As well as being possibly the most picturesque harbour on Tenerife, El Muelle acts as more than a place to park up the fishing boat. Alongside Plaza del Charco, it’s the scene for fiestas and concerts and also a good place to take your horse for a swim.

And talking of fiestas…

 

Carnaval Parade, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

There are some cracking fiestas in Puerto de la Cruz but the most hedonistic of them all is Carnaval in February/March when the town dresses up and lets loose for a week-long party that is second only to the events in Santa Cruz.

Posted : Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 9:10 am
Category : festivals & carnivals
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