The town of Puerto de la Cruz and its beaches lie on the north coast of Tenerife, and are the most important centre for holidaymakers in the north of the island. Although Puerto de la Cruz is only the sixth largest city in Tenerife it has many attractions to offer, including the botanical garden (Jardin Botanico), the artificial saltwater lake, Lago Martiánez, the beautiful old town, the picturesque harbour, the Loro Parque leisure park and many lovely churches and chapels. However Puerto de la Cruz is also a good starting point from which to visit some of the most attractive beaches in the north and see the wonderful variety of landscapes produced by the slightly wetter climate here. But don't worry - even in winter there are significantly more sunny than rainy days.
Many settlements have been built around the town of Puerto de la Cruz, which spread from the sea up the hillside and consist mainly of holiday and weekend homes. In the surrounding area there are numerous banana plantations, vineyards and potato fields, whose harvest is turned into the popular papas arrugadas, a Canarian speciality. Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain, at a magnificent 3718 metres, sits enthroned above it all.
In contrast to the very tourist-oriented beaches in southern Tenerife, here the locals have much more of an impact and as a visitor to Puerto de la Cruz you can experience the culture and lifestyle of a real Canarian town. But Puerto de la Cruz has lots to offer for holidaymakers that appreciate facilities aimed specifically at them as well. Puerto de la Cruz and the surrounding region are also a popular place of residence for people from northern Europe, who have moved here and either spend the winter here or live here all year round.
In the centre of Puerto de la Cruz are the old town, the picturesque little fishing harbour and the promenade along the sea. Plaza del Charco is a good starting point for exploring Puerto de la Cruz on foot - the large square is bedecked with palm trees and between them the tables and chairs of several restaurants, ice cream parlours and bars invite you to linger a while. From here you can take a wonderful stroll through the surrounding streets, where there are many more restaurants and shops.
In immediate proximity to Plaza del Charco is the small picturesque port of Puerto de la Cruz, where you can also bathe in the sea. This is where the promenade along the sea begins. If you walk to the left, after a few minutes you come to a long quay wall where the waves break spectacularly between big stones in the water and can provide cool relief with a welcome shower. If you continue walking along the shore in this direction, you reach the most popular beach of Puerto de la Cruz, Playa Jardin. Just across from this spacious beach, which is framed by beautiful gardens, is the Loro Parque, where there are many animals to admire, including parrots, dolphins and whales. Another beach, Playa de los Roques, lies in the next bay. Playa Socorro is a little further away and is best reached by car.
If you walk along the shore to the right from the harbour, past the guns of the Bateria de Santa Barbara, across Plaza Europa and continue along Calle San Telmo you reach Lago Martiánez, a water park with a huge saltwater swimming pool and several smaller pools. This is an attraction that bathing enthusiasts should not miss. Puerto de la Cruz has another beach right next door for those who prefer to spend a classic day at the beach: Playa Martiánez, which, with its very small surface of black sand and its surfing conditions, which are good most days, is particularly popular among tourists from the surrounding big hotels and with advanced surfers. The nearest beaches, Playa Bollullo and Playa del Ancon, are about two kilometres from here as the crow flies, but cannot be reached on foot along the waterfront.
"Large beach area with an enchanting landscaped garden"
"Good surfing spot near to town with a great view"
"Natural beauty for the adventurous"
"A good place to swim and surf among the green covered cliffs"
"A must for nature lovers"