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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.

26 °C

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

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Tenerife South Airport (TFS) or Tenerife North Airport (TFN).

Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Puerto de la Cruz today and experience the resort’s Canarian Old Town, black sand beach and famous coastal water park.

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Sol Costa Atlantis

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  • Stunning sea views
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Sunlight Bahia Principe San Felipe

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  • Seafront location, on the promenade
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H10 Tenerife Playa

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Opposite the seafront lido
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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.

Puerto de la Cruz’s jewel in its crown is the striking Playa Jardin. It’s nearly 1km long, and this unusual beach has jet-black volcanic sand that makes a stunning contrast to the blue ocean and bright green palm trees. The kids will love finding out that their beach is made out of volcano sand! Beside the beach is the exquisite botanical garden that gave the beach its name; it's designed by a Canarian artist and featuring waterfalls, little bridges, and tropical plants. The beach has plenty of amenities, with sun beds, umbrellas and lifeguards, plus nearby places to eat and drink. Playa Jardin is the best place in Playa de la Cruz for surfing, with a section of the beach reserved just for board jockeys coming to hang ten!

One of the biggest attractions in Playa de la Cruz is the Lago Martianez complex. This is not your average water park! The complex was designed by Cesar Manrique, the same artist who designed the Playa Jardin. Rather than the usual slides and flumes, it takes its inspiration from Mother Nature herself. Situated right on the coastline and making the most of the natural surroundings, the complex consists of a huge, natural-looking lagoon fringed by smaller pools, waterfalls, and caves. A towering fountain stands at its heart, which periodically shoots water high into the sky. Lago Martianez features a kids’ area plus sun loungers, restaurants, bars, and all the facilities you’ll need for a family day out.

Puerto de la Cruz is popular for its Canarian charm, traditional old town, and beautiful water front. Dazzling white villas and open plazas rise uphill from the sea, with winding lanes stuffed with chic boutiques, pavement cafés, and tapas bars. The Old Town features buildings centuries old and interesting museums, with the buzzing Plaza Charco in the centre. The Old Town and waterfront are the best places in Puerto de la Cruz for Spanish and Mediterranean restaurants and fresh seafood, which is landed in the harbour just hours earlier. The nightlife here is upbeat and typically Spanish, starting late at a terrace bar or with a leisurely evening meal.



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!

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Fast facts

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  

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Weather & climate

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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Getting around

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.


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.

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