El Puerto is the smallest Tenerife municipality. It has only 8,73km2 compared to neighboring Los Realejos with 57.08 km2 and La Orotava with 207,3 km2.
Sometimes, three story Canary houses don't mix well with tall hotels downtown. The hotels dominate the skyline, such as the one shown beside with a Puerto Cruz sundown.
Fortunately, the town could preserve some very charming traditions.
The Puerto de la Cruz famous merchants of Malvasia, sugar cane and the purple dye have long gone. Left is some fishing folk. In fact, their latest tournament took place on March 05, 2016. The Virgen del Carmen is their patron. She is honored yearly in July by a huge festival the Fiesta del Carmen.
Not only Puerto's quaint old harbor invites for leisure outings. Punta Brava the fishing hamlet does so with good fish restaurants.
Enjoy enchanting sights at leisure with a long drink at El Puerto the ancient port, at the seafront San Telmo, at Martianez, at La Paz or at the garden beach. Use the Playa Jardin getting around design to find everything on this seaside.
Trace best views by night or by day, such as this one depicted beside... It reveals the currents of Atlantic surf waves at Martianez.
Catch this Puerto Cruz prime sight from a free look-out in Puerto's hilly suburb La Paz...
Portrayed above is the street Calle Quintana. The photo was taken with the pleasing light of autumn during Siesta time. Notice the serene peace. However, best is to chill out then instead of sleeping. Feelings of wellness and relaxation come easy in this spot which connects with the central hub.
Its temperatures are almost ideal for young and old with
soothing 25 degrees Celsius in the sun in general. You get hardly less
than 17 degrees Celsius in winter. More than 30 in summer, such as in
August, are rare, contrary to Tenerife South.
On the bottom of C/Quintana find Plaza del Charco. There Carnival lights trail above walkers and people that sit on a terrace. A typcal scene of Tenerife winter holidays. Then, the gay parade called Mascerita Ponte Tacon is much 'en vogue', hence a real highlight.
Spot how small an area Puerto de la Cruz takes up in the Realejos bird view pictures by enlarging some of the photos. Its 35000 inhabitants are called Portuenses, by the way.
Note the amazing girl in her red mini dress on your right... She is busy with fishing by the
touristy San Telmo beach front.
The dove in the photo's foreground, also couldn't care less about the huff and the puff of passing tourists. So much to contrasts in vibrant Puerto de la Cruz. No need to go far for switching off by Tenerife holidays... The lone, red dressed fisher is proof of it.
By the way, there are more good Tenerife spots to catch fish besides Plaza de Europa and the Puerto harbor.
Some families like to take fishing holidays around Christmas by the little harbor of Puerto Cruz. There, retrieving sharks from the ocean seems to be trendy also since we have entered Recession in 2009.
Weeks when nothing happens to excite you in Puerto Cruz are rare, as you may guess.
There always seems to be a next week with new Tenerife celebrations, such as the art festival La Mueca, just like the one of 2008 which became a yearly event.
Eventually, street art was started at La Ranilla during one of the Mueca festivals.
Indeed, the oldest Tenerife resort is famous for its cultural and artistic activities with much ecological interest, such as at Punta Brava.
Also in fact, the former fishing suburb of La Orotava has a very easy going attitude, which you want on vacation.
Only hotels I know and like are recommended by me. I also tell you when something is not perfect.
Puerto Cruz accommodation much of which is of amazing character and beauty.
Admire the Puerto de la Cruz international celebrities Agatha Christie and Hemingway as live size wax figures at Sitio Litre. The Agatha Christie movie which followed during the 20th century on international cinema screens was just another symbol of applause for the oldest Tenerife resort. Click photo to enlarge... Sitio Litre is a stately old public mansion of the town. There were other famous dwellers in the oldest Tenerife resort. I hope not to repeat myself about Baron Humboldt, Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton. The last two were sleeping over at Hotel Botanico, though.
Take time off there.
Bright colors of gaily dressed young people and tourists contrast with white washed buildings all around the central hub. Aged dark timber, heavy brass or copper give the town the antique touch. However, that's more rare in the old quarters of la Ranilla. There a more humble fisherman style prevails. Look out for any features.... Walk the cobble stones of C/Las Lonjas, stroll along C/San Felipe, C/Esquivel, C/Cruz and C/Zamora. Marvel at lovingly carved balconies and alcoves in C/Quintana, C/San Juan, C/Iriarte and C/Betancourt. Trace the value of the genuinely old... Step back in time by more than 200 years... Discover soothing patios and picturesque scenes through open doors. They often invite into plant filled taverns, where you can gaze at the stars in the sky. Step past historical sights and town squares in a calm way, while enjoying the nearby ocean air...
Not everybody is mad about Tenerife churches but, all agree that they must be visited for their original art work, alone. The old, massive church Iglesia Pena de Francia with its elegant, tall, square clock and bell tower (built 1603)must not be missed. It is just off Calle Quintana with the popular Café Ebano in its back.
The Iglesia de Peña de Francia greets you with a heavy, dark wooden entrance door overgrown by bright red bougainvilleas, while a flower filled park gives off its scents. Palms and trees offer shade to the people who rest there on benches.
However, not everything is perfect in this Tenerife town of writers, painters and fashion. Some of its buildings were built in too much of a hurry during last century, while it was forgotten to give them Canary Island flair.
Nevertheless, you will encounter so many other pleasing town details, that you will pardon this neglect.
Go for a meal in style in a big townhouse called La Casona which dates back to XVIII... It was once home of Tenerife aristocrats.
Sip a drink on the veranda of Hotel Marqueza and admire its inside patio. Or discover a similar one that has been better maintained at Hotel Monopol... Both hotels are neighbors in street C/ Quintana. This part of Puerto town is a must around Christmas during Tenerife winter holidays. Puerto de la Cruz folk groups which are dressed in traditional gear walk past singing Christmas carols, while some of their musicians play on unusual Tenerife instruments.
Meantime the festive decoration is lit up and enchants everywhere. Name me a better place in the sun for a holiday rest to regain your energies. There, it's quite unheard of to catch a winter cold.
Sorry the nostalgic Milo café in Calle San Juan beside the chemist is gone. I loved it so much.
Go see a Spanish movie at the cinema opposite...
Don't miss the tiny town square Plaza de Doctor Victor Perez by C/Quintana, just off Plaza del Charco. There, the old Hotel de los Principes has been closed since June 2008. In September 2009, I saw its bottom restaurant open again. Rest opposite on a park bench and glimpse into the open entrance of church San Francisco on the other side... Watch a happy world go by from this enchanting, typical Puerto de La Cruz square. Of course, it's also a good spot to sit and to read a book under palms. You may listen to the sound of dripping water from the fountain with elephant ear plants. Meantime the pink and red petunias in the flower beds give off a slightly, sweet smell.
It has an amazing Virgin Mary sculpture with incredibly real looking tears.
The bright colors of church details will also astound you, while red gold strikes us as very Latin..
Canadian pine ceilings in Mudejar style and heavy wooden doors give it the typical Canary Island as well as Spanish character.
By the way, you will find more technical and historic info about these churches by the culture link at the end of this article.
The photo beside is with a cafe Ebano man reading . The cakes in this café and bar are even better than at Cafe de Paris.
Everything near Cafe Ebano is pretty normal, such as some fancy fashion boutiques and a vegetable shop. However, there is something very special at the corner cafe. Do those vibes at Cafe Ebano only come from its vintage shop and what's it got to do with the Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant next door?
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Almost all of the five main parks in Tenerife's oldest resort are entrance free, except the
Orchid Park at Taoro and Sitio Litre,
Botanic Gardens (El Botanico) of Puerto de la Cruz where you can see Tilandsias like in the picture...This botanic park is proof of the amazing Tenerife climatic conditions, which are suited for most plants and trees of diverse world regions.
The gardens of Jardin Botanico with their added on 40000m2 will reach towards the Free Way TF5 from Puerto Cruz La Paz.
Discover, why the upmarket La Paz Tenerife with its many newish hotels but, also unrivaled parks is a world on its own with quite a few timeless surprises that are priceless.
By the way there, entrance to the 'Jardines Parque Botanico' of la Paz is relatively cheap compared to the Risco Belo Aquapark Taoro which is only free in its upper the tea garden part.
Meantime, no entrance is charged to all other gardens of Taoro Park which includes that of the breath taking waterfalls. Unfortunately, the tiny park of Taoro Hotel has been closed for quite a while.
The stunning subtropical and indigenous parks at Playa JardinPuerto de la Cruz also let you wonder around without paying a cent. Click to see an enlarged nature reserve image...
Nobody minds pulling a wallet for the famous Lido Martianez. This subtropical water park is a treat for swimming, tanning and socializing. Not to forget are its surprises underground.
Puerto Cruz Taoro Restaurant Restaurante Taoro which opened under new management in 2013. It is on the Tapas route with its yummy reasonably priced food is in the middle of an outstanding free park.
Locate best and cheap Puerto Cruz eating places with photos including a link for the island's restaurant news at restaurants of Tenerife.
This museum of C/Quintana, 18 which was part of the Institute of Spanish Studies
is now at Casa de la Aduana in C/las Lonjas.
Find the Archeology Museum in the Puerto de la Cruz history page by scrolling down.
It's true that the oldest resort of Tenerife seems to be an over winter recluse for middle aged couples on regular
or early retirement..
But, wait until you see Puerto Cruz from July until September...
Then, the town belongs
to the young again. They seem to take over Puerto Cruz
Tenerife beaches. They are the seashores of Playa Jardin which stretch from Castle San Felipe (built 1630-1644) to the Punta Brava beach. There is also the rock pool beach of San Telmo and the seashore Playa Martianez.
Don't be surprised to discover astounding contrasts. It is grazing goats within the gorge Barranco of Martianez not far from Playa Martianez. That's by the fancy shopping mall of the same name and below Hotel El Tope.
Did you know that volcanic rocks can change beaches? They did so by torrential rains in 2009. They caused big car insurance claims in the Puerto de la Cruz barranco gorge of Castillo San Felipe. The rains created a river that raced down the ravine from the Cañadas. It uprooted trees, killed livestock that it washed onto the seashore. Also it took most cars that were parked in the ravine right into the ocean. Furthermore, it also changed the seaside with masses of volcanic rocks it had brought from the highlands.
Admire stunning Puerto Cruz beach landscapes after everything was cleaned up again.
What about flair and design?
Indeed, the Puerto Cruz designers Maria Diáz and Marco Marrero from Puerto Cruz were listed for Spain fashion Tenerife during the WFW of New York 2013. Obviously, there is more than just Spanish fashion by Zara, Mango, Strativarius and the likes.
Encounter the indisputable Tenerife ocean scenery in the north of the town. It leads the eye as far as the Punta del Sol.
To the contrary, part of the off the beaten track Punta Brava a fishing hamlet at the southern end is the alternative exciting option to explore what's beyond.
Retirement advice is given by an elderly Frenchmen who stayed on in Tenerife. He gives practical retirement tips for the oldest Tenerife resort as well for Spain.
Consult links which lead to retirees with experiences in and around Puerto de la Cruz with health services, operations and, Spanish and English speaking doctors in my topic about living in Tenerife...
It is provided cheaply at the
'University for the people' (Universidád Popular)
in Calle Mazorocco opposite bus station.
This is not a real university but, open for all who want to learn a new skill, do aerobics - you name it.
There is also a semi private school called
International Yeoward School besides the many free government schools.
Often, kids have bilingual education in English and Spanish, nowadays.
Tel.:+ 34 922 384 685).
An equivalent school for
children education in German
is also in town, as noted in Tenerife which is Teneriffa in German.
Many a language school is part of the Puerto education scene.
I wouldn't like to recommend any, as I don't have experience with them.
The name one reads most for Spanish language tuition Puerto Cruz is
Don Quichote School
This Spanish language academy is right opposite Lago Martianez. This school even has film shows. Also recommended is the Instituto de estudios Hispánicos de Canarias in C/Quintana.
Puerto Cruz schools for computer tuition are numerous but are all in Spanish. Contact me if you are interested to know more.
There's a diving school which often takes off for trips to the under water world from the Puerto Cruz little harbor. Their members are mainly German speaking.
There are 2 surf schools with Santasurf being one of them. They have Spanish diving classes, only. More about Santasurf diving school in page Playa Martianez, the link of which find by scrolling down...
There are many driving schools in and around Puerto for Spanish speakers.
Puerto de la Cruz was going to get a very big boost for its many sports installations from then onwards. It didn't happen. However, Tenerife volleyball, handball and surfing in different forms are as popular as ever. It's amazing how middle age tourists have matches by the seashore. So it isn't only the bowl players in the park near the road.
Plaza de Charcos de los Camarones of Puerto de la Cruz was once a small rock pool before a volcanic outbreak. This eruption came from the Monasterio Montaneta, a long time ago.
Elderly locals rest at the town square of Plaza del Charco on benches. They watch kids who play there or gaze at pigeons. I have seen a several green Loro parrots in one of the very old Ficus trees. They probably have escaped from the Parrot Park of the Loros.
Find Puerto's famous parrots on the seaside called Punta Brava. At its end notice the blue sky scraper called Hotel Maritim Tenerife of Los Realejos. You can almost spit from this 4 star tourist enclave onto the border of Puerto Cruz.
Walking straight up the road from Plaza del Charco and taking the 2nd on the right you will hit the bus station, which comes 2nd after Santa Cruz of Tenerife.
It's easy and cheap to get around on the island to see more attractions, while departing at Puerto Cruz station.
An Indian shop owner told me in October 2011 that the club where the Indian community of the oldest Tenerife resort meets, eats, prays and celebrates is now by Corner C/ Bethancourt and C/ Iriarte, on top near the steps. She said that it is still doing the Puja ceremonies. In fact, I also like eating at the Jai Mata Di which is a normal restaurant that serves good curries. The Jai Mata Di is now by the big parking ground behind the Bel Air sky riser Puerto's tallest building.
The unusual photo has a mirror reflection and shows a cabin from over the road in the restaurant's glass door.
Find Puerto Cruz jazz clubs and jazz events at Spanish News ...
Fetch 98 per cent of Puerto de la Cruz buses on Ave. Melchior Luz, 2... A new bric a brac market with street stalls takes up the roof top of the old bus station. Yes, the old market Mercadillo still exists.
Puerto de la Cruz has 11 churches and chapels but not one Indian temple for its relatively large Indian community.
English Anglican Church at Park Parque Taoro on Sundays.
The same church serves the German community at a different time on a the same day. Call Tel: 922 57 00 62
Scandinavian congregation of Las Palmas at Pozo, 10
Congregation for Sweden also at Pozo 10, Tel: 922 385455
Information about Puerto's historic churches is under the topic culture here
The town of the biggest tourist center of North Tenerife has surprisingly many parks for a town of less than 9 square miles of grounds.