Puerto de la Cruz Travel Guide

  • Playa Jardin
    Playa Jardin
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  • Penguins at Loro Parque
    Penguins at Loro Parque
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    View of one of the beaches
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Puerto de la Cruz Highlights

  • Pro
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     Totally Spanish - no overseas influence 

  • Con
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     Many closed shops 

  • In a nutshell
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     relaxing winter sun destination 

Puerto de la Cruz Things to Do

  • Loro Park

    We did not visit Loro Park as its not something we are interested in but should you want to visit one of Europes premier zoos Loro Park is on the edge of Puerto de la Cruz.Land trains leave regularly from a dedicated stop outside McDonalds near the Lido.Very expensive at 33.00 per person but people we spoke to said it was very good once you were...

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  • The Customs House

    On the harbour side is the Casa de la Real Aduana or Royal Customs House. It was founded in 1620 and is the oldest civic building in Puerto de la Cruz. It was known for many years as Casa de los Franchy. It was later leased to the Royal Exchequer to house the Customs Officers or administrators until 1833, when the former were transferred to Santa...

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  • Bateria de Santa Barbara

    At the rear of the CustomsHouse (see separate tip) the remains of the battery still exist with steps (constructed in 1741) leading down into the water. The Batería was a small fort built in 1708 to protect the harbour. It housed four cannon. The Batería existed until the beginning of this century, but in view of the number of vessels coming in to...

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  • Botancial Gardens

    La Orotava Acclimatisation Gardens was created by Royal Order of Carlos III on the 17th of August, 1788, due to the need to cultivate species from the tropics somewhere in Spain with a suitable climate. The intervention of Alonso de Nava y Grimón, VI Marquis de Villanueva del Prado was essential both in the decision making and also to establish and...

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  • Beaches and the sea

    We love the sea and we spent hours watching the waves crash over the rocks at San Telmo promenade or on to the beach near our hotel.There are three beaches -1. Playa Martinez - in the new town. A beach for sunbathers but mainly used for surfing as the waves are so strong.2. Playa San Telmo - the most interesting beach as it is mainly rocks and the...

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  • Taoro Park

    Take a taxi to this park that stands high above the old town at just 3.05é as the walk would be so difficult. The park stands in front of what appears to be a closed casino but the views are magnificent over the town and there are beautiful plants and trees to enjoy as you saunter down the steps and walkways. Unfortunately the waterfall other VT...

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  • Sitio Litre

    The Sitio Litre orchid garden is at the back of the city centre but high above it and I would advise you to take a taxi up and then walk down. It consists of an 18th century mansion with a garden that is open to the public. The name comes from the Spanish for "site" - sitio, plus the name of the original owner, Archibald Little. Over the years,...

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  • San Telmo

    San Telmo is the part of the promenade that links the old town to the new. The precinct here is quite magnificent as it looks out on to a constantly rough sea and the waves lap the rocks below. The walkway has steps at each end but only ramps at the old town end and is not suitable for disabled people to traverse the whole length. There is not much...

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  • Our Lady le Pena de Francia

    This is the most beautiful church in the town and found in the prettiest of the towns squares - Plaza de La Iglesia. The church was built between 1684 and 1697, apart from the belfry which was built in 1898.The church follows a rectangular ground plan in three naves separated by groups of Tuscan type columns, arches and three attached chapels. The...

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  • Plaza del Charco

    A large square in the centre of the town. There is a children's playground here and lots of seats to sit under the trees and watch people go by. In the square is a large café restaurant with entertainment in the evening but it was quite awful and we never bothered. Dotted around the edges are a number of reasonable looking restaurants although we...

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  • Plaza de Victor Perez

    This is the smallest and quietest of the squares in the town centre. Opposite the Church of San Francisco [Saint Francis] and the Chapel to San Juan [Saint John], it was laid out to honour the doctor who was one of the main proponents of the Taoro Hotel, and a leading light in the history of tourism in the town. Its focal point is a fountain...

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  • Hotel Monopol

    We did not stay at this famous old hotel - we only ate here but if you are in the area you must call to see the wonderful interior.This old building has been a hotel for over 100 years and Bertram Russell stayed here once. The building is large - as you enter you will see possibly the most beautiful ever lounge area with flowers and palm trees and...

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Puerto de la Cruz Hotels

Puerto de la Cruz Restaurants

  • In a classic hotel

    We ate here to actually get to see the inside of this beautiful old hotel (see separate tip). This was rather an expensive mistake as I am sure we could have walked in from the street - taken some photos of the beautiful interior and then walked out again.Once through the lounge and the hotel becomes quite plain and the food is just as plain. This...

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  • Elegance on the promenade

    This is a large café with seating inside and out. Based loosely on I guess an actual Paris cafe I would imagine this is a good interpretation of one. Sadly as with so many other establishments across Europe at the moment, the ballroom is closed off and there is just a small dance floor in front of the entertainers. Its worth going by the way just...

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  • Popular with UK ex pats

    One of the best cafes in the town and this is quite an elegant café in the new town with outside tables on a wide pavement.This seems to be the place where ex-pats from the UK gathered and we listened in on conservations about how sausage rolls were dreadfully missed and custard.The café is clean and the toilets OK but as with all the toilets in...

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  • Best for coffee and ice cream

    I have no idea what the real name of this café is - I have taken the title above from my photograph but it deserves a mention here.It is situated on the precinct just before the Monopole Hotel and has seats inside but also outside and also under the trees on the other side of the walk way. The cakes and ice creams here are some of the best in the...

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  • The best restaurant in town

    This is small restaurant between the old and new towns that has to be found - it is the best restaurant I have eaten in in 2013 to date.A Rumanian man and his wife run the restaurant - she cooks and he is the host. And a perfect host too - attentive and helpful. We had never had Rumanian food before and with my dislike of peppers we relied on his...

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  • Relaxing Bar/Restaurant by the Beach

    There must have been something good about La Coronela because I ate there twice! It is a curious building with a grass roof, overlooking the crashing surf of Playa Martianez. La Coronela has several identities. In the evening it seems to be mainly a cocktail bar, while during the day it serves drinks and a wide range of good value food. I had a...

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Puerto de la Cruz Nightlife

  • Spanish entertainment and drinks

    This is an outside terrace area that forms part of the Hotel Marquesa. Luckily we discovered it as soon as we got to PDLC and went probably every second night. The atmosphere was wonderful - a great spot to sit and watch the people passing from the harbour area to the main square. We only saw a handful of other English people here and occasionally...

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  • DANCE TILL DAWN OR LONGER

    OPENS AT MIDNIGHT. GREAT CROWD AND NOT EXPENSIVE The music was eclectic but had a strong southn american,cuban feel and it was relentless one Sunday we came out and it was close to noon with people coming back from a morning at the beach.... What a great Saturday night that was. You get free admission tickets till 3 from Bar Librertine C/Iriatre...

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Puerto de la Cruz Transportation

  • Buses in Puerto de la Cruz

    The Titsa bus company run regular services from and to Puerto from everywhere on the island.Buses can be direct (directo) routes which will take you from Puerto all the way to destinations like Playa de Las Américas and Los Cristianos (bus number 343) and Los Gigantes (bus number 325), or express (sin parada) which do the journey in the fastest...

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  • Yellow trains to lloro park

    first time i saw this train i thought it was an out of place tacky bit of tourismo. It takes you from the terminus outside MacDonalds to lloro park .We used it several times and found the walk back along the beach to be an invigorating expedition and it is absolutely free. Loro Park is vitally Expensive but it was worth every centimo.

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  • Parrot Park Train

    Like many local attraction, such as the banana plantation you can visit, little "toy trains" will take you free of charge to the entrance from the town centre. This one took us to the parrot park - Loro Parque. Its not far to walk - prob take about 20-25 mins - but there is quite a bit of walking around once you are there, so it give the feet some...

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Puerto de la Cruz Shopping

  • Shopping in Puerto de la Cruz

    The town centre has a reasonably sized shopping centre but there are no major stores - only small independent shops selling the usual souvenirs, jewellery , clothes , perfumes and electrical goods. Prices are generally good but most items are of low cost and value.If you want better shopping go to La Oratava.Beware of some electrical shops - mainly...

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  • Buyer beware (sometimes)

    There is a small Sunday market just around the corner in a street called Camelia outside the shopping centre there - a real mix of junk, beautiful crafts, jewellery, fruit and vegetables and other assorted things such as toys.I did buy some very nice Tenerife honey from a nice lady who clearly knew all about local honey and some good quality fruit...

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  • Official gambling

    I am not sure if VT promotes gambling but if you wish to play the Spanish lottery there is a dedicated lottery shop on the promenade near the lido.Notices in the window are in 4 languages but deciding which slip to fill in was difficult as we know no Spanish. Customers were of little help as they spoke no English but the assistant did and was quite...

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Puerto de la Cruz Local Customs

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    You will not see the Canarian national dress anywhere apart from tourist attractions but if it is worn it is very colourful and the wearers will generally pose for a photograph.

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Puerto de la Cruz Warnings and Dangers

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    by Britannia2 Written Sep 22, 2013

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    Some shops selling postcards will also sell stamps for you to send the card to your home country. If the shop sells you a Spanish stamp that is fine but if it tries to sell you a Swiss (Suisse) stamp refuse to buy it. There is an agreement where Swiss stamps can be used for post from Spain but it is slow and in my case the card I sent back to England with such a stamp on never arrived.
    I would welcome more on why some shops sell these stamps if anyone can tell me why.

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Puerto de la Cruz Favorites

  • Loro Parque Shows

    The shows available - Penguins, parrots, Sea-Lions and Dolphins run several times in the day. Get a timetable at the entrance and if you plan carefully you can easily watch all shows in six hour - see what i mean about allowing a full day here. My favourites were the dolphins - I just had to watch them twice! Children who sit in the front seats...

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  • Loro Parque - Elephant Entrance

    I enjoyed the Loro Parque so much that I thought I'd share more images and impressions with you here. First off as you arrive at the entrance there is a Thai theme starting with these topiary elephants just to the side of the entrance - a great opeing impression.

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  • Loro Parque - Birds

    As you walk from one attraction to another in the park there will be a constant screeching of parrot noises. Parrots are not the only birds here though there are several other birds wandering loose around the grounds - so watch your picnics!

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