Visit Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz is a town on the north coast of of Tenerife.
Visiting Tenerife's northen towns is always a pleasure as they are set in the lush, verdant countryside of northern Tenerife. Puerto de la Cruz is no exception and is has an abundance of sub-tropical plants and the surrounding region is filled with tropical fruit plantations.
The town has many fine buildings and the harbour area is particularly pretty. In the older parts of town the streets are narrow and cobbled and there are lots of bars and restaurants in which to pause and soak up the atmosphere. Calle Lomos and the Plaza del Charco del los Camerones are the hub of the old town and here you can enjoy the fishermen's cottages painted in different colours and lit at night by old fashioned lanterns. The church of Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia on the Plaza de la Iglesia is one of the finest on Tenerife and was built in the 17th century.
One of the great attractions for many visitors to Puerto de la Cruz is its excellent lido, the Lago Martianez which was designed by Cesar Manrique. The lido has beaches, palms, sea water pools and lots of tropical plants as well as bars and facilities - everything you need for day in the sun.
The Botanical Gardens in the La Paz suburb of Puerto de la Cruz are a treat with huge lily ponds, a 200 year old fig tree and giant bird of paradise plants. Other attractions nearby include the Loro Parque which is an animal park with dolphin shows and parrot shows amongst others.
Sat above the town is the Hotel Taoro a huge hotel, sadly abandoned for the moment, which once saw the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as its guests. It sits in large gardens on the edge of a volcano. It may be restored as a parador one day in the future.