The Taoro Park better known as Parque Taoro with its more than 100 000 square meters is the biggest of Puerto de la Cruz and includes the 'Mal Pais'. Its superb views, often gigantic shade trees and some soft, sandy pathways of La Sortija of former horse races are a jogger's and dog walker's paradise. It even has a free fountain for the sportsmen and the four legged visitors. Paved pedestrian walks which are good for wheel chairs run along the main avenue the Carretera Taoro.
This Taoro Parque of the Atalaya Gardens with its spectacular look-out also has one of most beautiful free Tenerife water parks, besides the now closed Risco Belo part of which used to cost entrance.
The air all over this suburb
with its large landscaped public gardens is unspoiled. Smell pink, red and white Oleander, yellow Frangipani from Hawai,
Bougainvillea, Hibiscus and also birds of paradise plants by
its way sides. Not to forget the giant flowering Agaves in Winter. Spot it rising up in the center of the picture...
Once a year, huge Brazilian Jacarandas create a park ceiling of a breath taking show of purple blooms overhead.
Whoever has a private holiday home in Tenerife and, has chosen it in this area of Puerto de la Cruz is fortunate, indeed.
German investors also showed great faith into this suburb. They bought the four Star Hotel Chiripa to open it by 2019 as the second five star hotel of Puerto de la Cruz after Hotel Botanico.
Admire the lush vegetation by the Cascadas de Taoro which look like natural waterfalls.
There are no free public water parks on the biggest of all Canary Islands which are better. Even its surrounding copies the nature of a rain forest, unlike the man made waterfall by beach Playa Jardin.
The part of the Taoro is a photographer's dream with its varied spots and different lookouts.
Hotel Tigaiga of Taoro Park which is highly popular with German tourists has park like gardens and a museum section. There plants, shrubs and trees are categorized. Hotel guests may get a free guided tour. This hotel is also worth a visit for a €3 folk dance concert on Sundays at 11a.m. Hotel Tigaiga was one of most popular hotels of all Canary Islands, as per TUI surveys and statistics, a short while ago.
Glimpse the Hotel Taoro through the plants above the waterfall park... That's where I last saw the entrance sign Casino Taoro at the end of August 2007. This center of gambling had been above and under ground in the Lido or Lago Martianez for more than seven years. In 2014, the Casino sign at Hotel Taoro disappeared. Now, the casino has shrunk much and is a neighbor of Ermita San Telmo outside and beside Lago Martianez.
'Nothing happens there at the hotel', said the cleaning woman I talked to in 2013. Only the former casino's garden shows
some change. Its big pond was drained in 2013 and all ducks and swans
were removed. Repairs are due. The Island's Cabildo as well as Puerto de la Cruz have been hoping ever since to find an investor for it. And then it happened in February 2023. A Media magnet the president of substancial global Spanish as well as Portuguese language news set the ball rolling for a revamped hotel. This native from Madrid who is also in charge of the firm Tropical Turistica Canaria besides other companies put up Euro 20 Million as an investment. The Cabildo of Tenerife followed suite with another Euro 15 million to enable a luxury Spa with all modern amenities for 2024. It won't have golf courses contrary to the Abama Golf Hotel another resort by Tropical Turistica Canaria.
1893 was the year when this grand hotel which was one of most
historic tourist mansions of Tenerife opened its doors as the first "Spa" resort in Spain. It was designed by the free mason Adolph Coquet. A famous Londoner and Dr.Victor Perez from Tenerife both medical practitioners praised it for health tourism. The renown British Yeoward brothers supplied the vessels which didn't only serve a lucrative fruit and vegetables trade but brought in ship loads of tourists. This hotel the biggest of Spain at the time entertained Tsar Peter of Russia and the European Elite more than once. King Alfonso XVIII spent a short period there in 1906 when so much happened on the biggest Canary Island. This hotel whose peculiar turrets are still intact wasn't only a symbol of culture of its town with horse races, carnival and other events. It was an icon and a show peace for Tenerife as well as for Spain until about 1975 when tourism demanded modern resorts.
The building you see today which is towering about 100m above town is a replica. It was never as good as its original after everything was destroyed by fire. Only its stunning views have hardly changed. It was remodeled to be Casino Taoro in 1976. Its gambling started in 1979 until it closed its doors in 2007.
The Congress Center of Puerto de la Cruz is within the hotel gardens by the pond. The demand for it had outgrown its size at some stage. Suddenly, it was closed but, a beautiful Christmas concert which took place there made the news in 2008. However now, all is cordoned off again. The Recinto Ferial in the Tenerife capital will tell you more at Tel: 0034 + 922 23 84 00.
A friend of mine attended a Tenerife medical congress in a very large seminar hotel called Semiramis in La Paz which is only separated from the Park Taoro by a gorge. The Spa hotel Botanico is by far the more luxury alternative. Both hotels can be seen from the upper rooms of Taoro hotel.
Mal Pais would translate into bad land. However, parts of it where water was nearby were always fertile.
Also there, encounter ancient lime stone kilns which date back 100 years. Imagine the lime used as Plaster of Paris for much art Nouveau, above all in the Tenerife capital. Marvel at one such limestone production kiln. This is one of 3 manufacturing domes at Las Capezas on the bottom of the sloping terrain of Malpais. Graffiti has become the order of the day, unfortunately. Vegetables are still grown near the little lime stone manufacturing park, which is good. Other buildings which supported production are gone, by the way.
Alberto's bar view from its veranda
reveals breath taking Puerto Cruz sunsets as far as San Juan de la
Rambla in the West. On clear days, the light house behind Los Silos can
be seen. Unfortunately, none of the charming old Canary houses can be made out from there.
The view from the Mirador Maria Loynaz spreads over luxury villas of Taoro Park and parts of downtown Puerto de la Cruz to the ocean. Great Tenerife panorama photo shots may be taken.
Agatha Christie and Hemingway were also visitors of this Taoro oasis besides the poet Dona Maria Loynaz, information of whom find at loynazenglish.org a web which may be safe to look at but not to connect to, as yet.
There, just below the former Taoro Casino, linger like the poet under palms besides fountains amid many yellow Lilies and, blue Agapanthus flowers.
Listen to the birds in large trees and to the splashing waterfalls next to it.
Walk a few paces and spot the almost tropical Restaurante Taoro behind the Cuban poet's fountain. It's now called Terraza Taoro. It seems to be the only garden restaurant that's not part of a hotel in Puerto de la Cruz.
Below one of the stairs that lead down to Puerto from Alberto's bar is the building that's depicted.
Terrace Cafe and Arte equestre Andaluz is written on the entrance.
The latter means Art of Andalusian riding. However, its telephone number 922 385 540 doesn't help to solve its puzzle.
Click the photo to learn more about the Lido of Puerto de la Cruz which now houses the Casino of Parque Taoro.
It takes about 20minutes to walk up the steep hill to the Park of Taoro via the waterfall stairs. A rental car is definitely a good alternative.
Look at the funny picture with stuff bought at the Christmas Market Taoro of both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Norwegian friends of mine also adore its Christmas Bazaar which takes place every year. More church mass and quire session info at Tel: 922 38 40 38 and also inquire about the winter flea markets whose times may be different every year...
Get to this massive gray stone structure named 'Church of all Saints' by walking or jogging along the Taoro Park avenue...
While the municipal Rastro flea market 'Mercadillo' in Puerto de la Cruz is free for sellers, the churches are charging about EU 10/table at the Taoro.
There is a tropical Tea garden to the left of the former Casino Taoro.
This idyllic garden has more lakes and is called Risco belo aquapark where where visiting the pond area costs a small fee.
The mural depicts royals of King Bencomo of the Guanches which all had long hair, contrary to normal folk. The scene happened before the Adelantado de Lugo disturbed the Guanche peace in 1498. Indeed at that time, one or more waterfalls fed a small lake for the delight of royal Guanche folk in this Taoro spot long ago. Below, enjoy another view of today's main waterfall called Cascada del Parque Taoro by the Spanish.
The kingdom of Taoro whose Guanche name was never lost stretched from the Guanche Icaude region of today's Icod de los Vinos as far as El Sauzal/Tacoronte. More about the Guanche who didn't only dwell at Taoro Park but all over Tenerife here.
Also, encounter wall tiles outside the fountains of the Taoro Mirador. They all show symbols and drawings about Guanche living and its culture.
This has been in the pipelines only and was reported by the media more than once.
It would help to have a bridge that connects the Taoro suburb with neigboring La Paz.
Parque Taoro, as the Spaniards say, is certainly not the most practical suburb for getting up and down Puerto Cruz hills or for people who favor beach holidays. It's ideal for everybody with a rented car and for all who want to relax slightly off the beaten track. In this context, Taoro Park is a perfect location for a healthy life style outdoors in a garden suburb as well as for Tenerife property investments in elite surroundings.
Find directions to walk or drive to Taoro Park from the Puerto de la Cruz tourist hub, here.
By the way, note that more and more unemployed local youth seem to hang out by the Taoro Waterfalls since Recession 2009, just in case that this makes you uncomfortable. Generally, local youth are good kids. But take care... Simply never take valuables along when strolling through any parks, anywhere in the world.
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