Puerto de la Cruz – Pristine beaches, lush tropical landscapes, and a bustling downtown
Location: Tropical Paradise in the Canary Islands
The smallest municipality in Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain, Puerto de la Cruz is situated amidst lush greenery and tropical fruit plantations. It is located in the region of the Orotora Valley. Now known as one of the most popular beach destinations in Spain, Puerto de la Cruz offers not only a beautiful ocean landscape, but also a downtown filled with boutiques and restaurants. Though the resort offers efficient bus routes, it is easiest (and most fun) to go around the harbour on foot.
Business: Trade and Tourism
An old coastal port, the island was used as the center of export and trade in the 15th century. The start of the 20th century, however, saw a change in the island’s economy as elite travellers as well as European intellectuals began frequenting the town. Today, Puerto de la Cruz’s economy relies a lot on tourism, as visitors from all over the world flock to experience this piece of Spanish paradise.
Culture: Lago Martianez, Jardin Beach, and Banana Plantation
Rarely does one small town hold so much beauty as Puerto de la Cruz. As a tourist, there are often too many sites to see with so little time. Lago Martianez is definitely one spot you must not miss. Designed by the revered architect Cesar Manrique, it has saltwater swimming pools with a view of the island’s botanical landscape and volcanic coastline. Jardin Beach is another must-see with its black sand, palm trees, and luxury hotels. Finally, take a trip back in time at the Banana Plantation, dating back to the 1700s.
Activities: Join the Masquerade at El Carnaval
When you plan your trip to Puerto de la Cruz, try to plan it in time for El Carnaval, a yearly festival that starts on the week of Ash Wednesday. Get your glitter and masks out and join the street revellers! What to expect? Parades of people dressed as clowns or drag queens, all-night parties, Latin music, and an awesome time!