Situated to the north of Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz is one of the island's major tourist centres. A traditional resting place, the city offers a wide range of accommodation, including numerous hotels and several residential complexes. The coastal area contains several of the city's main attractions, such as the old harbour, the promenade and the Lago Martianez complex of swimming pools designed by the Canary Islands architect Cesar Manrique.
Enjoying the sunshine and beaches along the unique volcanic coastline, strolling through the exotic Botanical Gardens or spending an unforgettable day at Loro Parque are just some of the many leisure options on offer at Puerto de la Cruz. Just outside the city, nature lovers can admire the beautiful scenery of the Orotava Valley and the spectacular image of the Teide, Spain's highest peak.
A pioneer of tourism development on Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz has a long tradition in the field dating back to the late 19th century and the creation of the spa on the site of the present-day Hotel-Casino Taoro.
A few decades later, the city had become a major tourist centre, thanks to the exceptional conditions it was able to offer: an excellent climate, a beautiful volcanic coastline and the unparalleled landscape of the Orotava Valley.
The city extends around a small port and comprises wide avenues and lush landscaped spaces. The best way to explore it is on foot. Historical buildings to be found along the way include the castle of San Felipe, the hermitage of San Telmo and the church of Nuestra Senora de la Pena.