From Muelle Puerto de la Cruz to Marina?

The Muelle Puerto de La Cruz is called Muelle pesquero by the locals which means fisherman quay. A fraction of it goes back way before its port started to prosper after the eruption of Mount Trevejo in 1706. Later on, not even the steamboat era with its heavy trade business could wipe out its charm. Tourists like Alexander von Humboldt, Hemmingway and even Churchill were enchanted by it.



In fact,  aviation mass tourism that started in the Seventies last century helped to keep it idyllic, except the modern apartment buildings that don't fit the style.

Big hustle and bustle stopped for good. Big ships stayed away. They had no more interest to enter the cozy bay.


However, historic landmarks, such as the impressive old fort still remind the days of yore when pirates were a threat in the pulsating port after 1706.

Many Fiestas by the Muelle Puerto de la Cruz such as del Carmen and fishing competitions, as seen here became a new order of the day.

In 2018, a sculpture monument in honor of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel was created by Rodrigo Rodriguéz and placed by the seaside between the port and Casa de Aduana. The ancient fort the Castillo is in the background.



There is constant coming and going between all breakwaters of the Muelle. Almost a stone throw from it is also its free parking ground by the lighthouse. 
   

This quaint port with its docks and jetties that's best depicted in this old photo has been like a motor that drove on progress. Education, art and culture followed suite. Hence, there are further assets by the Muelle. Those are two museums, the Cofradia restaurant and a beautiful gift shop for tourists beside its office. All is in the Casa de la Aduana which isn't only the oldest building but also a jewel of the town. 


The interesting photo above shows an important but seldom seen part of the Puerto Cruz harbor that is adjacent to Plaza de Europa behind the Castillo the former Defense-Fortress.



 The humble fishwife who is portrayed in the picture above contributed to the Muelle's economy in her own way. Note the cranes in the drydock of the Muelle. Shiprepairs are still done there. Also, the cranes often pull a boat out of the water.

The crab breakwater of the Muelle Puerto de la Cruz.

The jetty that's portrayed below is almost 200m long. This  sturdy dock is a part of the Muelle. It's fortified with concrete boulders which forms the port's crab habitat. It must be made more safe.
   
Why?


A father must be able to climb with permission onto the pathway of this jetty to show his child how the Atlantic's wild and wonderful waves attack the town there.

Properties in the first line behind the waterfront.

That's the road with houses that are closest to the Atlantic where the man with the child is standing. There, real estate prices are bound to go through the roof,  soon.
   
Why?
   

The planned Marina project of Puerto de la Cruz.

The remodeling of the Muelle to turn it into more than just a Marina will cause that. More tourists are bound to arrive with cruise liners as well as with private yachts. They will visit the top attractions that the town by the new Muelle has to offer.


Could there be a downside to a new Muelle Puerto de la Cruz?

There isn't much space by this section of the Northwest coast where you encounter a surf that has even shown to be destructive by El Puerto's Muelle and its peaceful bay.

There also remains the question about eventual problems that big cruise liners may bring. Mind that many are passing through the gigantic German harbor of Hamburg. "Their Diesel is polluting", the residents say.

 

Picturesque looks by the Muelle that must live on.

Not everything modern is good. The past has values that are priceless. There's a reason why many European towns  have laws that forbid modernization, as not to destroy character and flair. Florence is one of them, by the way. There are countless more.






  • The occasional craftwork markets
  • Street Chestnut roasting in autumn

There's still wasteland that has been a thorn in the eyes of walkers along the Muelle, but less for its looks than for the discomfort it brings for walking.


 It's the stretch between the parking ground and Castillo San Felipe where the odd camper van may be seen. There, the terrain is rough and landscaping could improve much.

 

From Muelle Puerto de la Cruz back to Puerto de la Cruz the town.

Latest news regarding a new fishing, sports and cruise ship harbor for Puerto de la Cruz by the government of the Canary Islands here.. I am very sorry not to have found anything in English about it.



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