Puerto de la Cruz Travel Guide
Puerto de la Cruz Local History
Puerto de la Cruz is the principal tourist destination of the island, and is an old colonial town with a cosmopolitan atmosphere that is known to the 900,000 visitors that flock to its beaches and attractions yearly for a spot of R&R in the sun. What today's tourists possibly don't know is that people have been coming to Puerto ever since 19th century physicians started sending their ailing patients to the resort, as the climate was deemed a lot healthier than the cold English or Nederland's winters.
It is the oldest established resort and the most popular, with a picturesque Old Town, and the narrow cobbled streets and architecture of the colonial era. In addition to the hundred-year-old charms of the historical buildings and ambience, there are also magnificent hotels and all the modern conveniences today's tourists have come to expect.
Puerto de la Cruz Attractions
Plaza del Charco - This lovely part of Puerto has all the charm of a more leisurely time, and the tree lined avenues, cobbled lanes, and fine old houses that still stand, take the visitor back to that era. Take tea in the shady plaza and imagine the people in their costumes of the colonial days strolling past, bowing courteously to one another, and twirling parasols flirtatiously, as they too stopped for refreshment in this same plaza.
The Plaza del Doctor Victor Perez - this quiet little garden with seats under shady palm trees, and a pool and fountain was created in 1904 to honour a local doctor who pioneered tourism to Puerto, and was one of the guiding lights in promoting the Gran Hotel Taoro, which is now the Casino Taoro.
La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia - This beautiful church was originally a small chapel that was built in 1603, and it was only in 1620 that the good folk of the town decided it was a trifle too small, and work began on converting it into a full blown church. Matheo de Sosas started the work in 1684, with the sum total of 30 pesos as capital, and completed it in 1697. The tower, which dates back to 1898, has some beautiful paintings by local artist, Manuel de la Cruz.
The Hotel Marquesa - This hotel was once the home of the Marquesa de la Candia, and was built in 1712. It was in 1887 that the former residence of the lady became a hotel, and remains as one of the few that still stand from the days of the 19th century tourist industry. The 1995 renovation of the hotel retained the 19th century ambience, and the traditional Canarian architecture and fittings can still be seen.
Cafe Royal Puerto De La Cruz We have been there many many times. The friendly staff especially Miguel makes us crazy English people very welcome, the food is excellent also the G&TS and the large beers are a favourite with Tony. It is a very nice place to people watch and close to the shops for me!!! And our friends who come to Puerto with us.
submitted by Louise and Tony, 22/10/07
TIC-TAC Food and service second to none, from typical canarian food, the Papas Arugadas y salsa verde y salsa mojo picon has to be tasted to be appreciated, steak, pizza just ask for Paulo and you will not be disapointed, sit by the window it gets bloody hot!!!
submitted by Chris Tomlin, 30/09/05
Puerto de la Cruz Beaches
The Tenerifans are certainly ingenious, if they don't have any decent natural beaches, they just go out and make a few, or redesign the ones they already have.
The top resort of Playa Las Americas is an example of a constructed beach, and sand was imported form the Sahara desert to give the tourist a golden-sand playground, sadly though the gold has disappeared and now the beach has a greyish tinge.
The Playa Jardin is another good example of a constructed beach, and was designed by the Canarian Artist, Cesar Manrique, who worked with nature to create a paradise with walkways, waterfall, gardens, and a play area for children.
Puerto de la Cruz Restaurants and Bars
Puerto de la Cruz Restaurants
Restaurant Dacil - Located at Avenida Melchor Luz next to Apt. Tenequia, There is no better place than this restaurant for a plate of crisp bacon, two fried eggs, tomato slices and toast to get you started for the day, and at the very reasonable price of EUR 3,25.
Maggies - Located at Avenida Blass Perez Conzales, this little bar serves food from morning until long after dark, and the price is good, with an English breakfast coming at EUR 3,76.
Bar Restaurante Kari - Located at Avenida Blass Perez Conzales (next door to Maggies), for the most divine Finnish coffee with your breakfast, this place is the tops. If you are feeling a bit out of it and need to be set up for the day, then try a 'carajillo', espresso coffee with a dash of brandy.
Hyde Park Corner - Located at Avenida Melchor Luz, this is a brills place for breakfast, and lunch, with tortilla, salad and chips, and fried chicken, featuring on the menu. Prices range from about EUR 3,00 to EUR 3,50, so while the food may bust your hunger, it certainly won't break the bank.
- Hotel Riu Garoe Doctor Celestino Gonzalez Padron 3 Puerto de la Cruz 190 Rooms
- Botanico Hotel Richard J. Yeoward, s/n Puerto de la Cruz 252 Rooms
- Apartamentos Bambi-Astoria Hotel C/. Enrique Talg 15 Puerto de la Cruz 47 Rooms
- Tigaiga Hotel Parque del Taoro, 28 Puerto de la Cruz 83 Rooms
- Hotel Botanico Avenida Richard J Yeoward 1 Puerto de la Cruz 252 Rooms
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