The Lido Martianez Tenerife or Lago Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz is unique.

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The Lido Martianez Tenerife or Lago short for Lake Martianez, as it's mostly called with its natural salt water swimming pools, is on the biggest of all Canary Islands in Spain.  I prefer to call this Martianez Tenerife attraction like that, as it has become a symbol for Tenerife. Also,  it has more unusual entertainment than a lake could provide.

Lago Martianez news January 2016


Having mobility problems? You can now hire an Amphibian Chair for bathing in the Puerto de la Cruz Lago. Where? At the same Lido...


Also, Life savers are employed there now for everybody. Why? Even a good swimmer can have a sudden heart attack and might risk drowning.

Martianez lake, lago, lido and region Puerto CruzMartianez Tenerife
Otherwise, this lido presents a rather amazing contrast in the northern resort town Puerto de la Cruz with buildings that date back 200 years and more.

This seaside resort is so modern.
Sure, the hotels in the very close vicinity of the Lido Martianez Tenerife are not really old except the so called flower hotel Monopol

One of later additions the fountain

Water beam of giant fountain of Martianez lakeMartianez founain beams

The main Tenerife swimming attraction offers several water parks. Why parks? All of them have much subtropical vegetation planted,  close by.

Go for peaceful morning swim in this exotic wellness palm oasis. However, stay away from the middle of the big lake. Why?  You may suddenly get showered by more than 60 foot high water beams, while near the fountain. You'll never forget...

The amazing figure of the Lido Lago Martianez tourist fans proves how exclusive a Tenerife attraction it is. A Madrid couple with child hit the astronomical Lido Lago Martianez visitor mark of 26 million in May 2008 as reported by the Spanish newspaper El Dia.

lido on terraces in Puerto de la Cruz TenerifeTerraced lido grounds

The Lido Martianez Tenerife alias Lago Martianez now, stretches along Avda. Colon from the beach Playa Martianez right up to the town square Plaza de los Reyes Catholicos where its Casino is now.


Lago Lido Martianez Casino

Why not under sea level of the Lido any more  which was unique in the world?

The Tenerife holiday home insider has been told that this location caused too many problems. One of the reasons was that people didn't like to walk long awkward passages.

Unfortunately now,  only Roulette, Blackjack and Poker tables are left for gambling at night at the new Casino. The slot machines may also be used during day time hours.

Before, people were dancing all night through at the Puerto de la Cruz Congress Center  at the Taoro where both the Lido and the casino used to be. 

Entertainment Tenerife by a lido fountainLido fountain entertainment

Fountain and pool equipment

At most times of the year, the new Lido Martianez fountain is a morning spectacle only.

It's the focal point of the main lake. By the way, the 27000m3 of ocean water of all the Lago's lakes are run through a powerful filter system.

Umbrellas provide shade where no palm trees protect the more sensitive skin.

One pays for this protection and pool loungers at the park entrance. I once was there with a friend who always went to Lido Martianez after lunch. That way she just profited by this extra service without paying when people left.

Natural swimming pools technical data of the Lido and its history since 1977.

Central city beach Puerto de la CruzCity surf beach Martianez
The immediate neighbor of Lido Martianez is the seashore in the middle of town which is ideal for surfing the Martianez beach It's at the end of Calle San Telmo/Avenida Colón and, Avenida Familia Bethencourt y Molina.

Further to the left of the Lido is the so called San Telmo beach. Its made up by rock pools or natural swimming pools that are quite popular with local people.
The latter possibilities for swimming are free of charge but, can't compete with Lido Martianez.

The entrance fee for it is € 5,50 for adults.
Children from the age of 4-10 are charged € 2,50
Residents of Puerto de la Cruz pay €3 and their kids €1,50
An entrance bonus card for 2 or 4 weeks is considerably cheaper.
Monthly entrance cards come with a large discount.

30 minutes whirl pool also has a reasonable price.

By the way, the use of pool loungers in included in the entrance fee.

Opening times are every day
from 10a.m. to 19p.m.
Doors are closed for entrance after 17.p.m.

Discover another creation by César Manrique the the garden beach Lago Martianez alternative which is superbly landscaped seashore with park that may be reached by a most interesting 25 minute leisure walk.

And #3 of the best landscape designs of Tenerife by César Manrique is the later added Santa Cruz Maritim Park in the Tenerife capital.


Lido  Martianez Waterfront esplanade Puerto de la CruzLido Puerto Cruz Esplanade

Our stay at the 'ValleMar' opposite the Lago

During our Tenerife vacation in 1997 we got to know the Lido Martianez Tenerife from several birds eye perspectives from the 4 star Hotel Valle Mar,
Calle San Telmo.

This oldest Puerto de la Cruz seaside hotel which grows its own organic produce is right opposite the Lido Martianez Tenerife.

We had all inclusive holidays there. Food was good but, I would never book all inclusive at any hotel, today. Tenerife restaurants of all sorts have so much to offer. You eat where and when you want. By the way, this hotel was renovating its balconies in summer 2014. A while ago, it refurbished its rooms. Also ask for its new luxury panoramic suites on the top floor.

The real Cafe de Paris of Tenerife

The oldest French cafe of Tenerife with all its authentic flair of art deco is below Hotel Valle Mar right opposite the entrance of Lido Lago Martianez. The cafe is in the picture behind the Canary palm above. It has its own disco entertainment with dance at night. It's on the corner of Calle Venezuela/Paseo Martianez.

The owner of the much loved Café de Paris is also administrator/manager for Lido Martianez. This means that both its discos and all the rest of the entertainment which also includes the nearby Monastery restaurant gardens are run by him.

Bird eye view to Lido Martianez from Hotel Vallemar Puerto CruzView from Hotel Vallemar
We stayed on the 5th floor of Hotel Valle Mar, the closest you could be to Lido Martianez Tenerife, in 1997. We were very happy with the service of the hotel, by the way and, especially with its superb location by the lido and the rest of the town action.

My husband, who is, usually, not a people watcher, often, sat on the hotel balcony for a little while looking down at the Lagos de Martianez.

"Hey Pete", I once asked. "What's so interesting down there?"

"Get ready Mrs., we want to go now" , was his answer.

I was, in fact, ready and threw a quick glance down.

A couple of topless, very good looking young ladies lounging in the semi shade under palms in the Lido Martianez, also, almost, magnetically attracted my gaze.

"Ha!" I had to laugh. "Nice view!"


Besides, the architect César Manrique is the pride and joy of his native Lanzarote. There, he, of course, excelled in his native habitat.

He also designed Maritim Parque (Park) more often called César Manrique Parque in the Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz.

When we were at Hotel Valle Mar we could see the water of the 7 Lido Martianez pools being changed. They told us that it was done once a week. Without water, the Lido pools looked so huge and empty from our hotel balcony.

In those days it was also said that all pools had the shape of a Canary island. I suppose that they were trying hard to keep it that way during the last alterations.

Martianez wind mill art by Cesar ManriqueWindmill street art Tenerife
We always admired Mr.Manrique's surroundings in Lido Martianez Tenerife.

Brilliant white buildings match with terracotta colored Spanish roof tiles. Towering, dark green leaved palms give semi shade.

Subtropical shrubs such as Crotons and, other plants in all colors make for variety.

Even Cannas flowers are to be seen by the entrance of the Lido Martianez Tenerife.

Bright red geraniums as well as his special
touches like this modern sculpture which I am calling the windmill are part of in Lido Martianez.

The lido seen from Taoro parkLido view from Taoro
You know, César Manrique is said to always create pools that are painted white inside.

Please, look at this photo of Lido Martianez which I took last year from the height of the Taoro Park.

One, clearly, sees 2 of the Lido Martianez Tenerife pools with different blue shades.

The blue color would reflect the sky so much better.

Most unique examples of top world rock landscaping

Rock landscaping at Lago MartianezVolcanic rocks landscaping
César Manriqe was a brilliant master of landscaping with and without volcanic rocks. But the breath taking rocks set the special accents.

The Lido Martianez Tenerife is like his monument. Indeed, it will pay tribute to the late artist long into the future.

What is special about this landscape design?

  • Black rocks cemented into brilliant white walls
  • Dark round boulders placed to contrast with bizarre plant shapes.
  • Coal colored stones to set of vibrant red Geraniums with white washed borders and flora in all sorts of shades of green.
  • Rocks to create spaces of privacy or for dry river beds, as in Japanese gardening
  • Stones that emphasize the illusion of small islands in the middle of a big swimming pond of sparkling clear water.
  • Big anthracite boulders at one of this lake's shore to keep toddlers safely channeled and tucked out of drowning danger
  • Pitch dark rocks which turn all small steps into dramatic focal points of art where they join different levels in this water park oasis.
  • Also, the Lido's own sculptures that are always near the rocky icons from the world's third biggest volcano.

This is some of the essence of the Complex of the Lago Lido Martianez Tenerife with its tropical feel from countless palms. They often swing their heads with the rhythm of the waves that bash against the resort's fortifications. They may flood the place when winds are extreme.

The Tenerife lake Lago Martianez

Tenerife lake Martianez  Puerto de la  CruzTenerife lake Martianez Puerto de la Cruz
A huge artificial city lake of Puerto de la Cruz, indeed...

Most people, I know, simply say: "Vamos al lago!" (Let's go to the lake)

It's like that with everything that is famous and special.

Isn't it? Variations of names and descriptions spring up naturally in all sorts of linguistic expressions.

But, this Martianez Tenerife is worth it.

In fact it's worth every penny of this Martianez entrance fee, although most don't use all real Lido facilities like its Casino. To the best of my knowledge, those features of Lido Martianez are not only for the Tenerife tourist, by the way, but, also for those that live in Tenerife.

Lido fountain Puerto de la Cruz
Here, is a small Lido Martianez fountain in one of the enlarged pools on the right where you can see the other end of Puerto de la Cruz, faintly.

The 4 star luxury Puerto Cruz beach accommodation Hotel Bahia Principe San Felipe Tenerife is almost opposite the road. Enter a tunnel, a little further on. It is too dark to make out on the picture. Reach the freeway or the coastal road from Lido Martianez from there.

The lido always had a toddler pool. Now, it has a heated pool, as well..

Martianez children fun

lido children pool playgroundLido children pool
Gay red and white fantasy constructions beside the Martianez children pool. They are sort of caves which are open from various sides. They are big fun for little kids to play hide and seek.

The ocean surrounding the Lagos of the Lido Martianez Tenerife is naturally seen from everywhere which means you are being spoiled with the view of the vast, deep blue Atlantic, almost, all around, while you can
hear the waves splashing against Lido Martianez Tenerife.

Fishing near Lido Martianez Tenerife

flyfishing by Lido Martianez Puerto CruzFlyfishing near Puerto Lido
A lone angler is behind the Townhouse (Ayuntamiento) of Puerto de la Cruz.

He could see the Martianez lakes, if he wasn't so busy catching little fishes.

Would you believe that it only will takes you 10 minutes to walk to that spot from the Lido?

Really, not more than that...


More details on Lido Martianez shown in photos


Lido Lake Puerto de la CruzLido Lake Puerto de la Cruz
At the end of the main lake of Lido Martianez is a white sculpture. Beyond we see part of the ocean of Playa Martianez bordering the Lido

This is where much has been expanded.

Just before the last Lido Martianez Tenerife inauguration on 6th of August 2006, I was walking there with a Spanish friend, at night.

She was almost feeling a little lost at this end of the complex. No more workers were there either. The restaurant of Lido Martianez Isla del Lago was still deserted.

Soon, it was all to be filled up with people of all ages.

Different languages would be heard around the pools again.

However, with so many different nooks where wide open spaces could be seen like through windows nobody could be claustrophobic by Lido Martianez.


Flora of Lido MartianezFlora of Lido Martianez
Flora and lava stones are an example of typical César Manrique landscaping for the Lido Martianez Tenerife.
You make out the original black lava rock by the water with natural plants.

Cactus or Euphorbia and, grasses by the nooks which they flank blend in perfectly.

Also, the water here looks like it´s flowing in a small river. If this was added on recently it means that the foundation César Manrique is trying to honor the spirit of the late architect by supervising a good job being done.


Sunset by the Lido Martianez Tenerife lake

Tenerife sunset at Puerto Cruz LidoTenerife Lido sunset Puerto Cruz
In May 2013, we saw the most magnificent Tenerife sunset at the natural pools of Martianez. This extraordinary solar phenomena even revealed the island La Palma on the horizon, as never before in the last 30 years.

Otherwise, this complex of the Puerto de la Cruz Lido has everything that one expects. Of course, it has many toilets and change rooms. That's what you need before giving it another stroll through the very interesting and oldest resort of the island.

The Calle San Telmo or passage or central waterfront San Telmo of Puerto de la Cruz by the Lido Martianez is immensely charming.

It's also a kaleidoscope of details, colors, smells, music, art, Cosmopolitan flair and, leisure shopping facilities, yummy restaurants, discos and, best shops for souvenirs, electronics as well as casual beach ware.

Restaurante El Calabacin at 2 minutes on foot from the Lido has been replaced by another Gourmet Restaurant, I noticed. Quality was not to blame. Turn into Calle Venezuela opposite the Lido entrance, locate Café Berlin and turn immediately left. Now you find La Escencia a gourmet restaurant from La Paz at the very back of the tiny alley with wheelchair access.

How get to Lido Martianez Tenerife from the South, close neighborhood and Santa Cruz?

Buses Titsa:
352 from Los Gigantes
340 from South Airport
343 from Playa Las Americas
350 from La Orotava
353, 354, (339 night) from Los Realejos Alto or Bajo
363 from Icod de los Vinos -Buena Vista
101,102,103 from Santa Cruz.

Also, Puerto Cruz bus connections to other island attractions...

A trip by air from the South would take you 1,5 hours, roughly, from Reina Sofia Airport in the South to Los Rodeos Airport in the North.

By road, taking the F1, it shouldn't set you back more than 80 minutes with a rented vehicle, right into Puerto de la Cruz.

Next to the little harbor by the "Muelle" you may always find parking for your car.

There, by the little harbor is now also the moved tourist office of Puerto de la Cruz. It´s in Puerto´s oldest building the Casa de la Aduana Telephone: + 34 922 386000. You can´t miss it. They will tell you also how to walk to the Lido. Just in case... It´s so easy.

In the same town as the Lido, here, more fun... There is also the Lido Los Gigantes.

2014 summer news on the double

  1. Look out for night venues at the Martianez lakes for white night events. They usually take place between the middle and end of September. They used to be free but now a small charge may by you a long drink. White nights are official when its full moon every month. But now, that's not celebrated regularly any more in Tenerife.
  2. Much welcome easy wheel chair access soon possible ( for sure in winter 2014/2015) all along the San Telmo beach front next to the Lago Lido Martianez Tenerife.

Other remarkable Lago Martianez events during festivals

The Puerto de la Cruz lido and the Tenerife Mueca arts festival.

  • Where? Espacio Aqualia at Lido Martianez
  • What? "Fous de bassin" a spooky spectacle with ghosts, fire battles and more above water
  • Performers? French theatre group Ilotopie
  • When? Friday 08th of May of 2015 from 20.00-23.00 and
    Saturday 09th of May of 2015 from 21.00 - 23.00
    Duration? 60 minutes
    Fee? €8.00 a ticket of which buy here
    No seating provided by the way.

Discover a lovely convenient Tenerife accommodation which may serve as the perfect holiday home in Tenerife where the 381 bus goes door to door to Lago Martianez...

From Lido Martianez Tenerife back to Puerto de la Cruz the smallest municipality on the island.


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