Situated in the Orotava Valley on the north coast of Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz is both a city and the smallest municipality on the island. Once an area of agricultural land, Puerto de la Cruz has seen a lot of touristic development over the last few years, as an increasing number of visitors seek to take advantage of its combination of family attractions, small-town feel and advantageous location, turning the town into a leading holiday rental option in Tenerife.
Charco Square marks the centre of the old colonial town, and is home to a number of traditional houses. Many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops can also be found in this popular meeting point. People often head to Puerto de la Cruz for a spot of shopping, as the town has ‘free port’ status, meaning bargain imports can be found from all over the world. Remember to haggle and make sure you are getting a good deal!
Just a short walk away, the port was once one of the most important on the island and local fisherman still use it today. The area around the old harbour makes for an enjoyable walk, and spectacular sights can be witnessed when the tide picks up and lashes in over the islands famous black lava sands.
On the outskirts of the city, Loro Parque is a popular tourist destination that is both a famous park and a zoo. The zoo lays claim to a number of world records, including Europe’s largest dolphin show, the longest shark tunnel in Europe and a huge parrot exhibition and museum. With other attractions such as a children’s playground and a Gambian market, Loro Parque makes for an excellent family day out.
The north coast of Tenerife is lined with a number of other interesting cities, towns and villages that are well worth paying a visit to during your stay in Puerto de la Cruz. Just two recommended options include the vibrant island capital of Santa Cruz (36km) and the upcoming tourist area of Tacoronte (18km).
Many visitors head to Puerto de la Cruz during winter months, due to its mild climate. Christmas time is particularly popular, when temperatures can still reach well above 20C. Summer months can get hot, with July and August temperatures peaking at over 30C. In short, there is no ‘bad’ time to visit Puerto de la Cruz.
Tenerife has two airports, but it is Tenerife North Airport (TFN) – also known as Los Rodeos Airport – that you should head for after booking your self-catering accommodation in Puerto de la Cruz. Situated near Santa Cruz, the airport is 26km from your destination. Those struggling to find direct flights can alternatively choose Tenerife South Airport (TFS), 43km away.