Puerto de la Cruz holidays

While most people head to the south of the island for the parties, the bars, and the banging clubs, you’ll find the northern coast of Tenerife has its own special charms too. It’s more chilled out, making it ideal for romantic getaways for couples, or family holidays away from the crowds. Puerto de la Cruz holidays are a great choice, and this city is one of the island’s favourite places for its natural beauty and traditional charm. Spread down the hill is a town filled with old architecture, Spanish restaurants, and unique shops, reaching to the resort’s bustling waterfront. It’s laid back, relaxed, and gives you a real taste of old Tenerife. Puerto de la Cruz holidays are famous for the black sand and backdrop of its beach, Playa Jardin, as well as its incredible coastal water park.

Things to do

The Old Town is a fascinating place to explore on foot during your holiday in Puerto de la Cruz, with winding streets opening up into lively plazas fringed by old buildings, shops, and cafés. Stroll around the outdoor stalls and stop for lunch in a pavement café, then take a leisurely amble down to the busy waterfront. The resort’s harbour is right next to its famous black sand beach, which is perfect for sunbathing or aspiring surfers. If you’re here on a family holiday then don’t miss the Lago Martianez coastal water park, complete with lagoons, waterfalls, and fountains.

Take a Segway tour of the city

Puerto de la Cruz has a lot of places to visit. To make sure that you see all of them, you can take a fun Segway tour. After some basic training, your knowledgeable guide will whizz you and your small group around the city, whilst giving you some fascinating insight into its history.

Take a dive

Off the coast of Puerto de la Cruz you’ll find six different places to dive and underwater sights that will blow you away. Ancient volcanic eruptions have moulded incredible rock formations below the surface of the water, which is home to many species including turtles, sting rays, barracudas and eels.

Visit the old town of La Orotava

The old town of La Orotava is a charming place to spend an afternoon wandering around its cobbled streets. When the sun goes down, you can head out and sample some of the delicious local cuisine in one of the many bars and restaurants.

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June and July for plenty of hot sunshine, with a gentle breeze that takes the edge off the heat.

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Puerto de la Cruz is best for...

Water babies: Explore the marina, famous Playa Jardin, or go for a magical swim through the waterfalls and lagoons of Lago Martianez.

Couples: The sophisticated charm of Puerto de la Cruz’s town centre is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway. It’s quiet, relaxed, and has lots of family-run restaurants for those intimate dinners.

Families: Spend days playing on the beach or take a family day trip to the local water park. The kids will love the fact that the black sand is the result of volcanoes!

Fast facts for Puerto de la Cruz

Language: The language spoken is Spanish, with English widely spoken throughout the resort.

Currency: The currency used in Puerto de la Cruz is the Euro (€).

Local time: Puerto de la Cruz is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Tenerife South Airport. The transfer time to Puerto de la Cruz is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The Puerto de la Cruz flight time is 4.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.puertodelacruz.es/.  

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

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Getting around Puerto de la Cruz

By taxi: Taxis are affordable and readily available in Tenerife. As the island is small, a taxi ride to a local attraction or neighbouring resort is a cheap and easy way to travel. If you’re planning to travel further then make sure you agree the fare first.

By bus: Although Puerto de la Cruz is compact, it has some steep hills that visitors may struggle with. Avoid the slog up the hills by hopping on the bus service that runs from the centre of town down to the beach, or back into town again.

By car: If you’re planning a lot of day trips, hiring a car is the best option. There are several competitive companies near the resort, and the motorway will take you across the island in an hour.

Events in Puerto de la Cruz

Music festival: The Canary Islands Music Festival has been held annually for nearly 30 years, taking place across various towns and cities throughout January and February. The festival showcases both new and established chamber orchestras and musicians from across the world.

Carnival: Puerto de la Cruz is one of the best places in Tenerife to experience the island’s legendary Carnival. Leave the gloomy weather back in Blighty and head out for a week-long celebration in February. Don’t miss the election of the year’s Carnival Queen before the colourful parades head off, and the dancing and festivities really begin.

Puerto de la Cruz weather

Temperature: Average 25-29°C in summer.

Best time to visit: June and July for plenty of hot sunshine.

Tenerife has spring-like weather all year round, rarely getting cold even in winter, which makes it a great destination from January to December. The summer begins around May when the temperatures start to climb, maintaining sunny mid-20s weather that can reach the high 20s (°C) around July. Rain is rare, and you’re more likely to catch a shower in early spring. You certainly won’t need a jumper, though, no matter what time of the year you take your holiday in Puerto de la Cruz.

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