Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

The town of Puerto de la Cruz was originally a small fishing village, which began to develop after the last volcanic activity in 1706. As it is located on the northern coast, where it rains more, you will be surprised by the ubiquitous greenery.

Puerto de la Cruz offers a unique atmosphere, a pleasant climate and fascinating beaches with black volcanic sand and beautiful views of the Teide Mountains.

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Sights and attractions

  • Plaza del Charco - a central square with mature palm trees providing shade, many restaurants and popular stands selling ice cream or a delicacy very popular here called "Perrito Caliente", which is nothing more than a classic Hot Dog.
  • Promenade and Casa de la Aduana - Puerto de la Cruz's liveliest spot is the coastal promenade with its many shops and restaurants as well as the small historic customs house, Casa de la Aduana.
  • Parque Taoro - a beautiful park full of palm trees, lush greenery and shade rising along terraced paths with many ponds and rock pools and views of the entire city
  • Loro Parque - a famous zoo with parrots, dolphins and killer whales, more information on the site details

Beaches and swimming

The most beautiful beaches in Puerto de la Cruz lie to the east of the town centre. These are the trio of beaches Playa del Castillo, Playa Chia and Playa María Jimenez, which are effectively combined into one 700-metre-long beach of fine black sand.

You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas and use the adjacent beach bars and restaurants.

The natural black volcanic beaches below the cliffs to the east of the town are also beautiful. In particular, Playa El Bollullo, Playa Los Patos and Playa del Ancón. However, they can only be reached conveniently by car.

Lago Martiánez swimming pool

A very popular place to swim is the large artificial swimming pool in the west of the city, which is, however, filled with seawater. Here you can swim in 7 different pools of different sizes, the largest of which is called El Lago, about 80x100 meters. You can also take advantage of freshwater showers, many restaurants and bars and other services.

Tickets for adults cost 5,50 eur, children pay 2,50 eur. For more information visit the official website of the swimming pool.


Puerto de la Cruz is one of the most popular resorts to live in, as it offers all kinds of accommodation from cheap hostels to more expensive beach resorts. Prices range from 29 eur to 73 eur per night for 2. Check out our tips:


In the city, parking is very convenient in the huge free car park between the city centre and the coast, where you can always find a free space, see map.

The main bus station is located on Calle Hermanos Fernandez Perdigon at this location. Frequent connections are offered to the following cities:

  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife: lines 102, 103, 104
  • Loro Parque: line 381
  • La Orotava: lines 345, 352, 353
  • Icod: lines 325, 354, 363
  • Los Gigantes / Puerto Santiago: line 325
  • Buenavista del Norte: line 363

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