The three major tourist resorts may sit on the south of Tenerife, but that’s not say you should ignore the north – with Puerto de la Cruz offering an interesting alternative to the likes of Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos.

Despite being one of the oldest resorts on the island, Puerto de la Cruz retains an air of Canarian heritage and charm; with quaint narrow streets full of boutiques, bars and restaurants.

As well as being able to marvel at architecture from the famous artist Manrique, people staying in the resort can take a dip at the Lago Martianez artificial sea lake, enjoy a round of golf La Rosaleda Golf Club or spend the day in Loro Parque.

One of the top zoos around, Loro Parque is famous for being one of the few places where it is possible to see orca whales – with special shows running every day.

Volcanic black sand is a feature of the local beaches, whilst the area around the harbour is good for swimming thanks to the sheltered waters.

The laid back resort features a range of bars and restaurants but it isn’t the place to expect a rowdy night out, with people more inclined to sit back with a bottle of wine on an evening.

  • Transfer Time: 90 mins
  • Currency: Euro

Things to do in Puerto de la Cruz

Loro Parque

Loro Parque is one of the largest wildlife parks in Europe and one of the must see attractions for anyone paying a visit to Tenerife. The park, which is a sanctuary for a number of endangered species, houses various different types of animals with the biggest draw being a collection of orcas that are involved in a popular show every day.

Botanical Gardens

If you want to spend some time exploring outdoors away from the beach then a few hours strolling through the botanical gardens is a good way to pass the time. Enjoy taking in the scenic views and embrace the peaceful surroundings at your own leisure.

Lago Martiánez

Explore modern contemporary art at the same time as you take a refreshing dip in the seawater pools of Lago Martiánez, which are located near to the Playa Martiánez beach. It’s a good place to take a dip with the kids, with plenty of lifeguards on duty.

Castillo de San Felipe

This small tower sits next to Playa Jardin and is a great place to visit if you want to take in views of the surrounding area. There are plenty of chances to learn about the military history of the building, which is occasionally opened up for special events.

Traditional cuisine

If you want to sample traditional cuisine from the island then the restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz will leave you somewhat spoiled for choice. You’ll be able to try all manner of dishes washed down with top quality Canarian wine with something to suit all palates.

Orotava Valley

One of the most scenic parts of the north of the island, Orotava Valley is packed with lush vegetation and is home to various walking trails on which you can head off and embrace the beauty of the volcanic landscapes.