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Puerto de la Cruz

Situated on the north coast of the Island, Puerto do la Cruz (Port of the Cross), is the main tourist resort in the north of Tenerife.

It is approximately a 1 hour car journey from Tenerife South airport to Puerto de la Cruz.

There are lots of places to visit in Puerto de la Cruz and nearby attractions and it has a more typical Canarian feel to it than other resorts in the Island.  The small town has lots to offer everyone.  There are lots of old narrow streets to enjoy walking through and taking in the history with a bountiful selection of bars and restaurants to choose from.

Generally the weather in the north of the island is not as good as in the south of the island.

Beaches in Puerto de la Cruz

Playa Jardin

Backing onto botanical gardens designed in the 1990’s by Cesar Manrique is the main beach at Puerto de la Cruz.  The attractive beach has all you need, together with water sports facilities to enjoy the day there.

The beach is divided into three parts.  Playa del Castillo, Playa del Charcón and Playa de Punta Brava.

The long stretch of volcanic sand at Playa Jardin (Garden Beach), surrounded by colourful plants, flowers, palm trees and huge cactus make it an attractive destination.  A pretty place to visit even if beaches aren’t your thing.

There are sunbeds and umbrellas to hire on the beach.  The sunbeds cost 3,00 Euro a day to hire.  The beach also has showers and toilet facilities.  Additionally there is access for visitors with reduced mobility.

The sea is rougher here than in the south of the island, due to the strong currents but there is a breakwater to provide protection for bathers.

The beach is also attended by life guards.

There is a promenade at the rear of the beach with bars, cafes and restaurants.  If the children want a change from the beach there are also playgrounds to keep them entertained.

Playa Martianez

A clean, small, rocky, black sand beach.

A surfers paradise where you can hire surf boards and boogie boards.  There is a surf school on the beach too if you want to learn how to surf.

The sea can be quite rough here but there are life guards on duty.

There are no sunbeds or umbrellas to hire on the beach.

There are lots of shops and restaurants nearby the beach to visit after a day surfing.

What to do in Puerto de la Cruz

Lago Martiánez

Designed by César Manrique, Lago Martiánez is an artificial large water park for everyone to enjoy the day, sunbathing and taking in the gardens, waterfalls and a complex of man made pools.  The pools are filled by saltwater and make a brilliant day out for all the family.

There are shallow pools making it a safe place for children and families to enjoy.  There is also a laguna surrounded by sunbeds and umbrellas to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Although there aren’t water themed park rides at Lago Martiánez, all ages will enjoy the day at the park in a stunning location.  There are art sculptures, landscaped gardens and a good choice of places to eat and drink.

There are also toilets, showers and changing facilities.

Entrance fee for Lago Martiánez is 5,50 Euro for the day.

Sunbeds are included in your entrance fee but you can also hire umbrellas for 2,50 Euro.

The park is open from 10.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m.

A relaxing and enjoyable place to visit any time, but if the sea is particularly rough and you want to enjoy a day by the sea, swimming and relaxing then this is definitely the place to be.

Loro Park

Voted the best zoo in Europe by TripAdvisor, Loro Park is a “must visit”, when you are in Tenerife.

There are a never ending list of attractions to keep the whole family entertained.  From watching the dolphins, penguins, tigers and lions to the famous Loro Park parrots and much, much more.  A must see is the killer whale show at Orca Ocean.

Entrance Fees:

Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge.

There is a reduced price for children aged 6 to 11 years of 23,00 Euro.  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult admission to the park is 34,00 Euro.

Tickets for Loro Park can be pre-booked online and there are different options to choose from.

You can also book a Twin Ticket.  The Twin Ticket pass allows entrance to both Loro Parque and Siam Park.

Check out the Loro Park website for more details and offers.  Alternatively you can call Loro Park on (+34) 922 373 841.

How to get to Loro Park:

If you are staying in Puerto de la Cruz there is a Free Express Train which you can take.

The train runs from Reyes Católicos to Loro Parque every 20 minutes.

The first train leaves at 09.00 a.m. and the last train leaves Loro Park to Reyes Católicos at 18.45 p.m.  The Express Train runs every 20 minutes.

Travelling from the South of the Island to Loro Park:

Loro Park offer a round trip bus transfer service from the south of Tenerife to the Park which you need to make a reservation for 48 hours in advance.  The bus takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from the south of the island and operates 7 days a week.

The price is 13,50 Euro for adults, children under the age of 5 go free and for 6-11 years it costs 8,00 Euro.

If you wish to book this service call +34 922 373 841 ext. 356/357.

Driving from the South of the Island take the TF1 all the way to Loro Park.

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz are one of the most important gardens in the world.

The gardens are an interesting and pleasant place to visit any time of the year and are an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon or morning.

There are many tropical and sub tropical plants and flowers, butterflies, dragon flies and a variety of different species of flowers and trees to enjoy.  The beautiful water feature in the gardens is also not to be missed.

The gardens cost just 3,00 Euro to visit and if you are staying in Puerto de la Cruz you can easily get there by bus or a short ride by taxi.

 

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