Coming into Puerto de la Cruz offers some of the best views of Mount Teide, especially when it’s snow cap spreads downwards. This was a popular holiday destination long before the south rode the wave of tourism in the 1960’s and what it lacks in modern developments it more than makes up for in charm.

La Paz on the road in from Santa Cruz is a good starting point, a mirador (viewing point) gives a wide view over the coast and town below and holds a statue of Agatha Christie who based a short story on her stay here. A twisting walkway down will bring you to the Playa de Martianez with fine views of the cliffs. From here you can walk the coastal promenade and chose to bathe at the Lago Martianez pool complex or in small coves via ladders off the rocks.


The main concentration of town lies behind the sea front in tight streets that dip and rise around a scattering of plazas with welcoming cafes. The Plaza de la Iglesia is one of the prettiest plazas with flowers, sculptures, and a delightful church, this can also be reached from the main bus terminus using the steps of Calle Iriarte. Sticking to the coastal route you will emerge at the small fishermens beach and port, the focal point for fiestas, there are many in Puerto de la Cruz.

Loro Parque is just a short walk out of town past the sprawling Playa Jardin beach but you can catch a free family fun train from Plaza Reyes Catolicos near the sea wall. The old battlements and with their canons are another reason to loiter within the sound of the waves. Puerto de la Cruz can be cooler and more prone to rain than the south but that helps to maintain the beautiful plants at Jardin Taoro and Jardin Botanico.


The journey from Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas takes 90 minutes but there are a few 343 Titsa public buses, make sure you check your return times.