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.
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.
Puerto de la Cruz is divided into 4 main districts, Botánico, San Antonio, Martiánez and Playa Jardín.
The Botánico area includes La Paz which is the smartest part of Puerto de la Cruz, with modern buildings and lots of bars and restaurants, although it is a bit of a walk to the centre of the town and beaches. La Paz is up a steep hill from the town centre and beaches so may not suit some people, but you can always get a taxi into the resort centre.
San Antonio district is also someway from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz and also up a very challenging hill around the Parque Taoro. There are no tourist facilities up here apart from a handful of cafes, so you will need to head down the very steep hill to get to bars and restaurants.Places to Stay in Puerto de la Cruz
Martiánez is the main tourist area of Puerto de la Cruz, right on the seafront and promenade. This is where most of the bars and restaurants are located and where most of the resorts hotels are. The promenade and back streets are car free zones, where there are many shops and boutiques. There is also a small black sand beach here, Playa Martiánez.
Playa Jardin area is named after Puerto de la Cruz best and well-kept beach. The area has bars, restaurants and modern hotels.
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.
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.
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. The location of the resort is shown on our Puerto de la Cruz map page.
How far is Tenerife South Airport from Puerto de la Cruz?
The distance from Tenerife South Airport to Puerto de la Cruz is approximately 90km by road that takes about 60 minutes.How To Get From Tenerife South Airport To Puerto de la Cruz