Plaza del Charco of Puerto de la Cruz is really different.
It's in Tenerife North and it came into being more than 200 years ago.
It's anything else than laid back during its its many celebrations, when music can get quite loud there until the wee hours of the morning.
This town square that may be 5000 square meters in size is part of the pedestrian hub.
Pride of India trees from Cuba that look older than 100 years where added to many endemic Phoenix Palms. All this turns the square into a semi shaded oasis. The sun above and between them makes a sport of it to still manage to warm the people on the benches below.
This Puerto town yard by its little harbor is totally unlike squares of the world built for big showy military parades.
On normal days, nobody by this Plaza that evolves around a fountain seems to be in a rush.
No noisy railway and underground stations are there. A couple of buses are passing on its border. Taxi drivers wait there calmly to be of service. There are some other vehicles.
They drive slowly to the Muelle parking or circle around the hub. That's as bad as it gets, then.
They took place nine years after the biggest deluge in the Orotava Valley. Of course, it also flooded the Plaza del Charco de los Camarones (shrimps) in 1826. Then people had to go around it in boats. Now, the square is more elevated with plant borders all around. Stairs of different height help to get on top besides wheel chair facilities.
The interesting Plaza photo reveals that no steps are needed there. Why? The square is on slightly sloping grounds.
Other small improvements happened over time. Some have disappeared, but not the Dynamico Cafe that was introduced by the middle of the XX century. Only its live concerts seem to have stopped. Today, it's mainly a meeting place to consume small snacks and drinks.
The small musical podium was added late in the last century or even early in XXI for the numerous town celebrations. However, some bands are too large. See them act below this stage during La Mueca festival by the Plaza.
In 2007, a group of La Laguna university geologists had Plaza del Charco
rocks evaluated for age in the USA. One was the local guy Juan Carlos
Carracedo Gomes. The material came from the volcanic cones of Las
Arenas, Montaneta del fraile
and one that has been removed. The result found was 30000 years that
contradicted a previous idea of 6oo years when Colombo saw an eruption
of Tenerife in 1430. More about this important discovery by a link
Excellent optometrists provide best services on Columbus Plaza's first floor gallery. Call them at 922 387072. More information about this mall at Puerto Cruz shopping.
Find this up market store beside the late hour pharmacy opposite the Chinese corner Restaurant of Calle Puerto Viejo. Nearby is La Casona for eating out with live Swing Jazz by candle light at night in winter.
In fact, Park Plaza translates into parking square. Indeed, you can station your car there as closest as possible to the Plaza del Charco. However, you need to be early, as it may not have much more space than for about 50 vehicles. Of course, this was ample for leaving horse coaches in the XVIII century, not that long ago.
Otherwise, please drive to the Muelle parking ground with the help of a GPS or other road finder. There by the light house, the grounds are far bigger.
More about the geological finds by the scientists from la Laguna here Sorry, only available in Spanish language.