Puerto de la Cruz (Port of the Cross), is situated on the north coast of Tenerife at the foot of the La Orotava Valley.
It is approximately a 1 hour car journey from Tenerife South Airport to Puerto de la Cruz.
It is a popular destination, still retaining a lot of the original architecture in the old town and has a more typical Canarian feel than other resorts on the island. The town has lots to offer everyone, with many old narrow streets to wander through and take in the surrounding history, not to forget the great selection of bars and restaurants to choose from.
There are lots of places to visit in Puerto de la Cruz and its nearby attractions.
Weather in Puerto de la Cruz
Situated in the north of the island the weather generally isn’t as warm and settled as the south of the island but by no means does this mean the weather isn’t good.
Due to Puerto de la Cruz’s sheltered position by the Orotava Valley it is drier and sunnier than the rest of the north of the island.
The winter months are cooler and wetter than the summer months but it is a great place to visit during the winter months. Temperatures averaging between 20 -25 degrees. Rainfall during the winter months is generally light but there can be heavy showers during November and February.
During the summer months the average temperature can easily reach 30 degrees upwards. Rainfall is extremely low during the summer months with long days of sunshine and the sun not setting until after 9.00 p.m.
What to do in Puerto de la Cruz
You can find some great restaurants and places to eat in Puerto de la Cruz. It has a good variety of shops and interesting streets and plazas to explore. Historic buildings with a great selection of cafes and bars make it the perfect place to wander and take in the history.
The world famous “Loro Park” is an animal adventure park and is a must for every visitor to Tenerife.
The park is open daily from 08.30 to 18.45 hrs.
There is a wide variety of animals to visit and animal shows throughout the day. You can find different exhibitions at the park. Probably too much to fit all in one day.
The Orca and dolphin show is excellent. Make sure you don’t sit in the splash zone if you don’t want to get wet!
Of particular interest is the Baby Station where visitors can see the care given to baby chicks and other animals which have hatched at the park. The Penguinarium at Loro Park is definitely the place to go to if you love penguins. The Penguinarium has endeavoured to reproduce the natural living conditions of the penguins and an attraction that all visitors enjoy.
There is good wheelchair and disabled access. There are also wheelchairs and disability scooters for hire.
There are seven restaurants and bars in the park offering a wide selection of food and drink. Of if you prefer you can take your own lunch and drinks with you.
Check the Loro Park website for more details and ticket prices.
Parque Taoro (Taoro Park) is definitely worth a visit if you are staying in Puerto de la Cruz.
Situated on a steep hillside, It is more than 100,000 square meters in size and is home to lots of different species of trees, plants and shrubs set in beautiful landscaped gardens. The steep climb to the top is rewarded with great views down to Puerto de la Cruz and a café where you can rest your legs.
It is a restful park with waterfalls and seating areas popular with dog walkers and joggers.
Costa Martiánez (Lago Martiánez)
Situated at the end of Playa Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz. Costa Martiánez is an open air swimming pool complex, based around an artificial salt water lake with seven pools and jacuzzi. Making it the perfect location to spend the day.
Designed by César Manrique, a local artist from Lanzarote, Costa Martiánez, centres around the large salt water lake. There is a volcanic water crater in the middle of the lake which fills the lake with salt water. Along with El Geiser firing water up to a height of 50 meters, it makes these fascinating water sculptures to watch as you relax.
It is a great place to spend a day for the whole family. Entrance fee to the park is 5,50 Euros per person.
There are lots of free sun loungers. The complex is well kept and clean with shower and toilet facilities. If you wish to hire a parasol/umbrella it will cost 2,50 Euros for the day.
There are several restaurants, snack bars and bars to buy food and drink during your stay in the resort. Alternatively you can take your own food and drink with you.
Beaches in Puerto de la Cruz
Playa de Martiánez
Playa Martiánez is a black sand beach in the resort situated next to Lago Martiánez. Due to the sea conditions it is a very popular place for surfers and has a surf school too. The beach does not have any sunbeds to hire and the strong sea conditions mean it is more popular with surfers and not families. However there is a lifeguard on duty on the beach and it is a great place to watch the surfers, relax and sunbathe.
There are lots of shops, cafes and bars along the promenade to the beach, making it an ideal place to stop off and take in the coastline.
There is also good wheelchair access along the promenade to the beach.
The gardens at Playa Jardín were designed by César Manrique. The beach itself is divided into three parts. It is a black sand beach in Puerto de la Cruz, made up of Castillo beach, Charcón beach and Punta Brava beach.
A breakwater in the sea protects bathers but in the winter months rough sea conditions may mean no swimming is permitted. A life guard is on duty. It is the perfect beach destination to relax. The nearby gardens and pathways to the beach were created to add to the relaxed environment. Sunbeds and parasols are available to hire on the beach.
There are changing and toilet facilities at the beach and easy access for wheelchair users. A small café is nearby to the beach.
Playa De El Bollullo
Playa El Bollullo is a beautiful secluded natural black sand beach 4km east of Puerto de la Cruz.
The beach can either be accessed by car or you can walk to it. The road down the cliffs to the beach is narrow and winding and you need to watch out for oncoming traffic. There is a car park where you can park for 3,00 Euros for the day.
You then make your way to the beach via a pretty pathway and some steep steps. The effort to get to the beach is well worth it. The scenery and dramatic coastline make Playa El Bullollo one of the prettiest beaches in Tenerife.
Sea conditions at the beach can be quite rough which can make it difficult to bathe in for small children. However, the beach is very popular with surfers and body boarders. There is a life guard on duty at the beach.
There is one small beach bar (chiringito)at the back of beach, so we would recommend that you bring your own refreshments if you are planning on spending the day there. Definitely a beach worth visiting if you are prepared for the steep winding drive down and the walk and steps to get to the beach. It is not wheelchair friendly or recommended for those with mobility issues.
Playa de San Telmo
The natural black sand beach set back in a small cove. The sea conditions can be rough here, however the scenery is fascinating to watch, especially when the waves crash in against the rocks.
There is a life guard on duty at the beach.
If you don’t want to go down to the beach itself you can admire the view from the promenade above beach.
Shopping Puerto de la Cruz
There is a good selection of shops in Puerto de la Cruz and some great places to pick up some holiday souvenirs.
If you want a bigger selection of shops then midway between Puerto de la Cruz and the town of La Orotava you will find La Villa Centro Comercial.
The Spanish shopping mall has a varied selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and a supermarket.
It’s the perfect place to visit if the weather isn’t good or it is too hot and you can escape to the air conditioning. Not forgetting some retail therapy too….