Things For Families to do in Puerto de la Cruz

Wed, February 29th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

People often ask what is there for families to do in Puerto de la Cruz?

The bulk of the holiday theme parks like Siam Park, Aqualand, Jungle Park etc. are located in the south of Tenerife near the most popular resorts of Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. But that doesn’t mean that resorts like Puerto de la Cruz are likely to be a ‘bored children’ zone. There are plenty of activities in and around the town to keep children, from rugrats up to pouting teens, amused and entertained.



Number one on many people’s list of things to do is a visit to Loro Parque. This world famous zoo set in beautifully landscaped Thai style gardens is a guaranteed winner and attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors from across the island. But everyone already knows about that one. What is there for children apart from Loro Parque I hear you ask?

Between Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava are two more attractions that don’t get anything like the same publicity as Loro Parque. Pueblo Chico is The Canary Islands in miniature with mini towns and landmarks populated by ‘little model Canarians’ doing all sorts of things that provide amusement for the adults (a boy spying on his neighbour sunbathing in the nude; a dog making off with a pizza dropped by a delivery boy).



The nearby Oasis del Valle is a sweet little animal centre with donkeys, goats, pigs and llamas set in gardens in the La Orotava Valley. The animal residents aren’t as exotic as the ones in Loro Parque but they are cute and a camel ride is included in the entry price.

Lago Martiánez in the centre of Puerto de la Cruz doesn’t have Siam Park’s white knuckle rides, but it does have fountains that pound your head (it’s good fun, honest), plunge pools, a main swimming pool as big as a lake, children’s pools (one with a dinosaur to explore) and abstract sculptures with watery tunnels.



Plaza Charco is the heart of Puerto de la Cruz and the place where local families socialise. As well as bars and restaurants galore, there’s a small play park with slides, swings, a pirate ship and climbing frames for younger members of the family. Hidden away in a side street opposite the Hotel Noelia Playa is a great little adventure playground that only the locals know about.

But it’s not just the man-made attractions that score highly with children and young adults. Nature is one of Puerto’s biggest assets. By far the most popular activity with the children of visiting friends has been trips to Playa Jardín. The waves at this long, black sand beach have provided the best water theme park of all and the biggest problem friends have faced is not finding activities to keep the kids entertained but trying to get them to leave the water after hours of messing about in the lively surf.

Visit Puerto during one of the many fiestas like carnival or the month-long summer fiesta in July and you can add on funfairs, open air concerts, sporting events, street parties; all of which basically adds up to fun, fun, fun for all the family.

Posted : Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 9:59 am
Category : things to do
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