Puerto De La Cruz
Puerto de La Cruz is located on the north coast of Tenerife and is a popular e tourist destination, especially with Germans and Scandinavians. This area of Tenerife is very different to the sun bleached resort towns in the south of the island. The area is full of rich colours, colourful flowers and leafy green hillsides. The greenery and beauty of the surroundings obviously come at a cost; the weather is far less predictable than in the south, with a greater chance of cloud and rain, although still plenty of sunshine.
The old town is focused around the little port, and despite the usual array of tourist tat shops, still manages to keep its Spanish soul. The town also comes with the usual complement of restaurants, bars and cafes lining the street. The setting of the town, with lush green hillsides to the south, and the sea to the north mean it is a very picturesque spot, and the centre of the town is also very attractive too.
There is a nice promenade walk that takes you along the sea front, although walking along the front past the sea facing restaurants can be a bit like running the gauntlet, with members of staff trying to entice you to come in. if there’s one thing I hate, its being hassled like this so when eating out, we stuck to the back street restaurants, which also tend to be cheaper and better quality.
The town itself is built on a steep hill, which the main streets ran across rather than up, but sooner or later in a town like Puerto de La Cruz, you are going to experience some climbing. Our accommodation, Apartamentos Masaru, was located in a suburb we christened Little Germany, due to its prevalence of German beer kellers, bratwurst stands and Germans round the pool. My son developed a taste for curry wurst here, which he still has to this day. This area of town, perched up high to the East and overlooking Puerto de la Cruz is most quickly accessed by foot via a steep and seemingly endless set of stairs; a good way to burn off any extra calories should you tempted to have an ice cream. The views from the lookout point at the top of the stairs overlooking the sea were great; we were there for New Years Eve, and the fireworks display from this point was fantastic.
Puerto de La Cruz has a couple of nice sized beaches, to the eastern and western ends of the town; unfortunately while we were there, due to high winds, swimming was only possible on a few days. Also on the sea front you will find Lago Martiánez, a large outdoor swimming pool complex, with lots of sun loungers and deckchairs. Also located on the edge of town is Loro Parque, a large animal and plant reserve, originally specialising in parrots but now one of the largest zoos in Europe. You can’t visit Tenerife without seeing advertisements for it; it is one of the main tourist destinations of the island. As such, it is very crowded, and its my personal viewpoint only, but I couldn’t help but feel that the need to entertain the crowds was placed more highly than animal welfare, although I understand that the Parque is heavily involved in parrot conservation so I guess that’s a good thing.
All in all Puerto de La Cruz is a nice place to stay and we really enjoyed our family holiday there, although if I were to return, I would perhaps hire a car so as to explore more. or hop on a few buses as we really were very lazy when we were there. Mount Teide, and the town of La Orotava are both nearby and would be we well worth visiting.
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