Puerto de la Cruz Review
Puerto de la Cruz is the largest resort in north Tenerife and is very popular with Spanish tourists and also maintains its Canarian character. It is cooler than the resorts in the south due to more cloud cover, which in the height of the summer can be a real advantage if you don’t like the searing sun.
However, be aware that if you are looking for some winter sun you could be very disappointed with the weather here, particularly January and February, as it gets a high amount of rain fall and you may spend your holiday under your umbrella. Even in the height of summer the resort is prone to thick cloud cover that can last for days. So if wall to wall sun shine is what you are looking for, you need to go to the resorts in the south of the island and not here.
Puerto de la Cruz has many excellent restaurants, upmarket shops and pretty plazas and streets with terraces where you can enjoy a drink or lunch. Puerto de la Cruz tends to attract the more mature clientele looking for a more relaxed holiday, in a very pleasant town where you can stroll around the squares and enjoy the genuine Tenerife culture.
The town does have some high rise hotels on the sea front that date back to the first tourist boom in the 1960’s that are a bit unsightly. However there is the old town and fishing port is very pleasant and charming with some very historic buildings, good cafes and excellent restaurants. There is also Lido to laze around in on the sea front on those hot sunny days. The Lido is a rather pleasant sea front complex of pools with islands and palm trees were you can relax and sunbathe.
Puerto de la Cruz was once a port for the town of La Orotava higher up in the hills, but was transformed in the 1960’s to a tourist centre when charter flights began bringing tourists in large numbers. Puerto de la Cruz was first used as a tourist centre in the 19th century, when wealthy people from England stopped off here during voyages.
Puerto de la Cruz attracts more tourist than any other resort on Tenerife, even though it can be cloudy particularly in the winter.
The streets around the Plaza de Charco de los Camarones, which is the hub of all activity in Puerto de la Cruz, are buzzing with Indian bazaars selling bargain goods. The square itself is shaded by massive palm trees and is home to Parakeets.
Bring your Spanish phrase book as the main clientele are the Spanish, so many shops don’t speak English, although it is widely spoken in the hotels, restuarants and bars.
Puerto de la Cruz Beaches
If you want to play in the sea, then head for Playa Jardin which is to the west of the resort, this is a beach of black volcanic sand. Don’t be put off by the colour of the sand, as the beach is as good as any. It also has a superb tropical garden with a maze of palm trees and a restaurant and snack bar.
There is also the black sand beach Playa Martianez at at the eastern end of the resort promenade by the Lago Martianez that has a beach bar and a surf school.
On the seafront there is also the Lido Martianez, where you can swim in the saltwater pools and sunbathe by the pools or in the well kept tropical gardens.
Where is Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is located on the northern coast of Tenerife at the foot of the La Orotava valley and is approximately 90km from the Tenerife Sur airport. Puterto de la Cruz location is shown on the map below by the red marker.
Tenerife South Airport to Puerto de la Cruz Transfer Times
The distance from Tenerife Reina Sophia Airport to Puerto de la Cruz is approximately 90km by road that takes about 60 minutes
- Airport Transfer Time: 60 minutes by car
- Distance from Airport: 90 km
- Direct bus from airport: Bus 111 to Santa Cruz then bus 102 to Puerto de la Cruz
- Taxi fare from airport: €100
Good for couples of all ages
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