Puerto De La Cruz Holidays 2016

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Paradisiacal Puerto de la Cruz

The island of Tenerife is synonymous with idyllic beach getaways, blessing visitors with the presence of stunning strips of volcanic sands and mesmerising blue waters, all backed by modernised and luxurious resorts, something you only come to know during your Puerto de la Cruz holidays. You’ll encounter fun-filled activities and ultimate romance on the island of Tenerife, with water sports opportunities found throughout the day, and waterfront dining enjoyed in the evening.

While the islands of Spain are well regarded as action-packed, party havens, you’ll find it easy to escape to your own slice of serenity and relaxation during your holidays to Puerto de la Cruz, whether this means relaxing on the soft sand with a good book, sipping cocktails as the sun sets, or meandering around the resort’s beautiful botanical gardens.

Tantalising Beaches of Tenerife

You won’t find all the water-based thrills designated to the ocean, in the old town of Puerto de la Cruz you will find the impressive natural salt water swimming pools designed by the famous architect/landscaper Cesar Manrique. The breath-taking Lido Martianez includes seven pools, changing facilities, subtropical trees and plants, a huge fountain, a Jacuzzi, playground equipment, restaurants, and even an underground dance hall and casino – proving to be the ideal setting for a family day out, particularly if you need a break from the sand during your holidays in Puerto de la Cruz.

For a little more action during your time in the resort, those that are accustomed to trying to catch the surf during their beach breaks will do well in visiting the petty little beach of Playa Jardin. In addition to decent waves, there are also numerous palm trees here providing shade in which to relax. Beach bums will never run out of things to do around Puerto de la Cruz, just make sure you indulge in all of the area’s many stunning beaches, among them Bollullo and Jardin Beach, while more lovely strips of sand can be found in neighbouring Santa Ursula.

While on your holidays to Puerto de la Cruz, bear in mind that the nearby town of Orotava is a delight for culture vultures, while the surrounding countryside, in particular the Orotava Valley, is a real sight for sore eyes and is great for hiking. End your day by visiting the old port area of Puerto de la Cruz and ducking into one of the many excellent restaurants on offer – the seafood is our recommendation.

Puerto de la Cruz Attractions

Lago Martianez

Also known as Lido Martianez, this complex of lakes and pools is one of the most popular days out in Puerto de la Cruz. It is great value at around €3 and you can easily spend the whole day here, with its wide range of swimming areas, cafés and bars, and nightlife.

The whole complex is lit up at night and makes a great place for dinner al fresco. There is even a casino here that is under the lake.

Carnival

...or Carnaval as the locals know it, is the annual spectacular that happens to celebrate the beginning of Lent. The amazing street parades and parties are not to be missed if you are on holiday in Tenerife at the right time.

You will see all sorts of weird and wonderful traditions including the drag queen race and the burning of the sardine!

Loro Parque

Children and adults alike will enjoy this huge wildlife park that has daily dolphin and orca shows in one of the largest aquariums in Europe, parrot and bird of prey shows, and mountain gorillas.

This is a truly unique day out where you will also see one of the largest populations of penguins outside the Antarctic!

Puerto de la Cruz Beaches

Beaches

Puerto de la Cruz receives less rainfall than most other parts of the island so you can enjoy the sunny beaches year round. The main beach, Playa Jardin, is backed by lush green gardens and has natural, black sand.

It has a range of cafés and bars for a light lunch or a cocktail watching the sunset. This sandy beach is also popular with windsurfers when the breeze comes in from the Atlantic.

Lago Martinez

This swimming pool complex, designed by renowned architect César Manrique is a fun day out for all the family for around €3. It is made up of seven pools and lakes, with plenty of places to sunbathe.

Children will love the freedom of the safe, shallow pools that all have lifeguards, while adults can relax. The complex transforms when the sun goes down and becomes a popular place for dinner and there is even a casino that is under the lakes!

Hotels

Whatever you are looking for in a hotel, we have one in Puerto de la Cruz to suit your needs.

For families there is the Hotel Solvasa Concordia, which is just 100 metres from the beach and has its own evening entertainment.

Couples will love the Hotel Diamante Suites which has two pools and a Jacuzzi.

For a 5 star treat there is the Hotel Botanico which has its own spa garden and tennis courts.

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Puerto de la Cruz Family Holidays

Things to Do

Loro Parque wildlife park is a fun day out for all ages and has some of the best wildlife shows in Spain, with parrot shows, sea-lion shows as well as dolphin and orca shows. There are regular bus transfers to the park from Playa de las Americas and you can easily spend the whole day here.

Other Attractions

  • Playa Jardin
  • Lago Martinez

Hotels in Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is home to some of the best hotels in Tenerife, from luxury hotels with spa facilities to activity-based hotels with tennis courts, mini-golf, table tennis and children's clubs. The Blue Sea Interpalace Hotel has an all-day club called the Bee Club and is a few yards from the beach.

The Beatriz Atlantis & Spa Hotel is just 150 metres from Lago Martinez, the swmming complex in Puerto de la Cruz.

The Hotel Blue Sea Puerto Resort offers entertainment, dining, and a family-friendly stay perfect for everyone to enjoy. Especially with a luxury spa area for adults to escape the kids and enjoy some pampering.

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Lago Martinez

This custom built series of pools and lakes is the ideal place to cool off in the sun, with seven pools, islands and fountains, including children's pools and saltwater lakes. In the evening it is transformed by coloured lights and the surrounding restaurants and bars. There is even an underwater casino here beneath the lake.

Where to eat

Puerto de la Cruz has an extensive range of restaurants, with plenty of options if you are after a traditional Spanish or Canarian eating experience. You will find excellent fresh fish restaurants here as well as traditional tapas bars. The Ranilla district and the old town are the best places to head out to for a meal.

Puerto de la Cruz for Couples

Things to Do

Puerto de la Cruz is the perfect spot on Tenerife for a romantic break and has no shortage of things to do. There are a number of exotic gardens for you to wander round and enjoy getting lost among the tropical plants, where you could easily forget that you are in the Canaries.

The main beach is also backed by impressive gardens and has all of the facilities you need for a day at the beach.

Other Attractions

  • Loro Parque
  • Lago Martinez
  • Mount Teide

Hotels in Puerto de la Cruz

We have a great range of hotels, whether you are looking for a 5 star, all-inclusive romantic break or a secluded, self-catering option.

The Hotel Blue Sea Puerto Resort is a great choice for couples with its amazing views of the Atlantic ocean and Mount Teide.

The Best Semiramis hotel also has great views from its cliff-top position and has a wide range of leisure facilities including beauty and massage services.

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Where to Eat

Puerto de la Cruz has an amazing range of tapas and aperitif bars and restaurants to choose from. Don't expect the restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz to get busy until around 10.00 pm, when the locals come out. The nightlife here has a traditional Spanish feel, so expect to go dancing after the meal!

Recommended Restaurants

  • Frigata, right on the sea front
  • Plaza Charco, great for people watching

Useful information

Language
Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST
Airport
Tenerife North
Flight time
4 hours 15 minutes