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Puerto de la CruzSpain

This charming town attracts luxury travelers with its colonial plazas, chic restaurants and stylish beaches. 

The oldest resort in the Canary Islands, Puerto de la Cruz exudes a quaint charm despite its popularity with tourists. See its elegant promenades, architect-designed beaches, lovely parks and gardens and traditional restaurants. Escape the party-oriented beaches in the south by visiting this lovely northern town.

Puerto de la Cruz was initially established as a port for the prosperous town of La Orotava. International merchants arrived in the 19th century and the town soon began to draw wealthy tourists with its pleasing sunny climate. Walk around the historic harbor area, where you’ll find colorful fishing boats and food stalls serving traditional Canarian dishes.

Busy Plaza del Charco is the ideal spot to begin exploring the city. A popular local gathering place for centuries, this pleasant square is lined with bars, cafés and restaurants. Stay for a while and you might catch an impromptu performance by some of the city’s many street musicians.

Lounge on the beautiful black sands of Garden Beach. Created by Canarian architect and designer César Manrique, this unique beach is bordered by a landscaped garden of cacti, tropical flowers and a small waterfall.

Head to Lago Martiánez water park. Another design by local artist César Manrique, this park consists of seven saltwater pools fed by ocean water. Bring the kids or escape to the quiet adults-only pool.

Visit spectacular Loro Parque, where more than 30,000 animals from around the world are housed in recreated natural habitats. The park has among the world’s largest collections of parrots, a special penguin enclosure and one of the largest underground aquariums.

Go to the Botanical Gardens and see more than 5,000 plants and trees from around the world. Look for the appropriately named drunken trees, which appear as though they could topple over at any moment.

September and October are some of the best times of year to visit Puerto de la Cruz, when crowds are minimal but temperatures are still warm. November through February is the rainy season.

Top Hotels in Puerto de la Cruz

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aparthotel Tropical
Aparthotel Tropical
3 out of 5
Plaza del Charco, 9, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Orotava Valley and Plaza del Charco. Garden Beach and Taoro Park are also within 15 minutes.

3.5/5Good! (47 reviews)
Central hotel

"I had a budget room but there were other options with balcony. No foyer to sit in. Breakfast good with plenty of variety. The kitchen in the apartment option was pretty poor. Good central location, so noisy. Nice roof top terrace with tiny pools."…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Aparthotel Tropical
Hotel Gran Turquesa Playa
Hotel Gran Turquesa Playa
4 out of 5
C. Antonio Ruiz Alvarez 7, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
The price is $61 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

This family-friendly Puerto de la Cruz hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Orotava Valley and Garden Beach. Plaza del Charco and Taoro ...

3.6/5Good! (106 reviews)
not good value for money

"not much food to choose for vegetarians. hard bread. miserable waitress room too small .terrace small and no privacy good entertainment Wednesday night . Swing Latino"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Hotel Gran Turquesa Playa
Catalonia Las Vegas
Catalonia Las Vegas
4 out of 5
Avenida Colón, 2, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
The price is $70 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Telmo Promenade, Lago Martianez Swimming Pools, and Plaza del Charco. Taoro Park and Garden ...

3.7/5Good! (173 reviews)
Good hotel

"Excellent location on front, nice view of the ocean . Staff very helpful and friendly, as I had to keep rebooking due to family emergency. Rooms a good size. Breakfast buffet good selection."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Catalonia Las Vegas

Popular places to visit in Puerto de la Cruz

Loro Park
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Loro Park

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Watch exciting shows, walk through remarkable recreated natural habitats and encounter exotic wildlife at this popular animal park. 

Lago Martianez Swimming Pools
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Lago Martianez Swimming Pools

4/5(11 reviews)

Unwind in a sophisticated salt-water lido complex where floating islands, bars, restaurants and an underground casino provide an all-in-one luxury experience.

Garden Beach
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Garden Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Visit one of Puerto de la Cruz’s most popular beaches, a gorgeous stretch of sand enhanced by imaginative landscaping. 

Plaza del Charco
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Plaza del Charco

4/5(12 reviews)

A buzzing hub of drinking, dining, shopping and music, this lively square has formed the heart of Puerto de la Cruz for centuries. 

Taoro Park
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Taoro Park

4/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Taoro Park, a popular green space in Puerto de la Cruz. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

San Telmo Promenade
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San Telmo Promenade

You can take time to visit San Telmo Promenade during your travels to Puerto de la Cruz. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Puerto de la Cruz

Guided Hike to Mount Teide Summit with Roundtrip Cable Car Ride
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Guided Hike to Mount Teide Summit with Roundtrip Cable Car Ride

$556
Per adult
Guachinche 4-hour Gastronomic Tour in Tenerife
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Guachinche 4-hour Gastronomic Tour in Tenerife

$104
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
VIP Teide and Masca Tour from Puerto de la Cruz
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VIP Teide and Masca Tour from Puerto de la Cruz

$82
Per adult
From Puerto de La Cruz: Full-Day Vip Tour to Gomera
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From Puerto de La Cruz: Full-Day Vip Tour to Gomera

$154
Per adult
1-day Trip to Gran Canaria from Puerto de la Cruz (German)
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1-day Trip to Gran Canaria from Puerto de la Cruz (German)

$121
Per adult
Discover- Dynamization of Educational Trips
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Discover- Dynamization of Educational Trips

$166
Per adult

Reviews of Puerto de la Cruz

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 45%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 20%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Place Must visit st least once at yoir life

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 29, 2019

Overall it was a wonderful place to visit. Beautiful landscapes and close to the ocean. However, the weather is a bit breezy and cold at times. May need to bring a sweater, jacket or shawl to wear out. Be aware, people smoke everywhere.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 11, 2019

It is a lively place. I thought it was dirty and I did not like the beaches because oeople bri g their dogs and people smoke everywhere

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 12, 2019

beautiful island with many sites to visit all around it; traffic is very busy and all locations are very crowded

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2019

It a small town charm, just like being in mainland Spain

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 31, 2019

The only reason we stayed in Puerto De la Cruz is because family lives nearby. But I would strongly recommend to stay in the south: Adeje, Los Cristianos since the south is sunny and warm. The north tends to be chilly and cloudy.

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