With holidays to Puerto de la Cruz, you get traditional Canarian restaurants, contemporary bars, and a couple of Tenerife’s most well-designed beaches.
Puerto de la Cruz
Cruise & Stay holidays to Puerto de la Cruz give you all the urban buzz of a thriving city, served up in a pretty beach resort package – everything you could want from a trip to Tenerife.
A city with many faces
Located in the centre of Tenerife’s northern coast, Puerto de la Cruz is just a 30-minute drive from the capital, Santa Cruz. Popular with tourists since the 19th century, this city has managed to retain a small-town feel – despite the resorts and high-rises that have sprung up in recent decades. Pretty beaches, a leafy heart, and plenty of traditional Canarian culture make this the kind of resort that ticks every box for cruise-goers.
Beaches with character
The city’s curvy coastline means that it boasts many beaches, some rolling out straight, some set away in sheltered coves. The main stretch, Playa Jardin, can be found to the west and its volcanic black sand is celebrated as some of the finest in Tenerife. A little to the northeast, Playa de Castillo is overlooked by San Felipe Castle. Further eastwards, a short stretch of pebbled beach sits next to the Eduardo Westerdahl Museum of Contemporary Art.
Attractions in town
Puerto de la Cruz boasts a good assortment of attractions, with museums, green squares and lots of old architecture to tour. Highlights include the castle, the salt water swimming pools at Lago Martianez and the Risco Bello Aquatic Gardens, a lush jungle of pools and greenery. The 18th-century Botanical Gardens are also well worth a visit – if only to snap some photos of its ancient fig tree.
Drive west from Puerto de la Cruz for 10 minutes and you’ll come to Rambla de Castro Nature Reserve. South lies the colourful colonial town of La Orotava, considered to be one of the loveliest – and most traditionally Canarian – settlements on the island. The ultimate local day-trip takes you to Mount Teide National Park, where you can wander through petrified lava lakes and catch a cable car to the summit for some out-of-this-world views.