Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz was one of the first tourist centers in the Canary Islands, but today Ironically, its popularity is exceeded by some other Canary cities. Puerto de la Cruz is one of the oldest tourist destinations on the archipelago and this is not a coincidence. Those who were lucky enough to visit this wonderful place remain fascinated by the harmony and atmosphere that this place brings.

black sandy beach puerto de la cruzGeography. Puerto de la Cruz is located in the northern parts of Tenerife. It is located at 28° north latitude and 14° west longitude.

The town is approximately 30-40 kilometers away from the capital and largest city of the island – Santa Cruz. To the south – southwest is the Mount Teide – the highest peak in Spain (3718m).

The city and its population. Puerto de la Cruz is a beautiful city, which with its population of about 35,000 people is the second largest on the island of Tenerife.

This city is one of the most beloved tourist places in Spain and certainly deserves its fame. The area is not  overdeveloped, there is lush tropical vegetation, the climate is very mild and the landscapes – picturesque.

The old part of the town is situated near by the sea. The streets are narrow, winding and shaded.

In the northern part of the town on a small peninsula is situated a huge swimming pool that is one of the favourite places for the tourists and locals. It is called Lago Martinez (Martinez Lake).

mount teideIt is surrounded by several smaller pools, which all together trying to compensate the black sandy beach and to make the tourists to enjoy to the proximity of the sea.

But although the attractiveness of the swimming pools, the tourists usually wish to bathe also into the ocean. The local population is very hospitable and treat the foreigners very respectful.

The locals are accustomed not only with the tourists, but also with those, who come here to seek work and to develop their own businesses.

While the official language is Spanish, here everyone speaks English, since most of the tourists in the Canary Islands come from England and America.

Loro Park is one of the biggest attractions of the Canary Islands. This is a very beautiful park, a combination of botanical garden, zoo and aquarium.

Here you can see an unique wildlife that harmonize to perfection. The pleasant experience starting from the entrance of the park that is shaped in the Japanese style.

But do not think that only tourists come here – nothing like that. Loro Park is a place for walk for the citizens, who come here to spend some time among the nature and to breathe fresh air and have fun in their spare time.

panoramic view to puerto de la cruz from the atlantic oceanClimate. Puerto de la Cruz has a cool tropical climate. The air temperature during the day ranged from 16 – 17°C in January to 26°C in August.

11 months of the year the daily temperature is around and more than 18°C. From March until the end of November the weather is warm and perfect for beach.

In December and February is about 18°C, but there are also many good days for sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. The water in the Atlantic Ocean around Puerto de la Cruz ranges from 20 to 25°C throughout the year.

This strongly affects the local climate. Due to the constant winds blowing from the north, to Puerto de la Cruz constantly come moist and cool air masses from the Atlantic Ocean.

They cause significant rainfall and this is the reason for the lush vegetation of the north side of the island. Sometimes it is too cool here, it is raining and the thermometers show about 16°C, and in the same time in the south of the island is 25°C, the weather is sunny and dry.

And that only a few kilometers away. Overall, the climate of Puerto de la Cruz could be described as the eternal spring.

the city lights of puerto de la cruzNature. The nature in and around Puerto de la Cruz is very beautiful. The vegetation is very thick and lush thanks to the wet climate. Here grow various tropical flowers and trees.

Here grows very well even the too sensitive to cold coconut palms. The warm climate and abundant moisture is very suitable for them.

Here the vegetation is much more diverse and various than the other parts of the island of Tenerife.

The volcanic soil is extremely fertile and in combination with the moisture contributes to the richness of the plant species.

The city has very few beaches and all of them have black volcanic sand. In the most areas of the city the coastline is rocky. The sea has always a typical dark blue colour.

The waves are generally larger, because of the almost constant blowing north winds. The waters around the island of Tenerife, including around Puerto de la Cruz, are very rich of life.

The relief of the town is typical of volcanic island. The altitude from the shore very quickly began to rise and 2 km from the shore reaches around and more than 200 meters.

During the winter months when the city is even greener, the Teide Peak (3718 meters high) is covered with snow.

pool in loro parkEconomy. The economy of Puerto de la Cruz is developed. The city relies strongly to the tourism and this is the main source of incomes to the city.

Furthermore, the city develops and its agriculture. In the vicinity of Puerto de la Cruz keeps many cultures, but especially pineapples, bananas and grapes.

The local people have a good standard of living. The location is particularly attractive to the residents of the northern European countries that come here because of better climate and to the residents of the Eastern Europe, seeking better quality of life.

When to visit Puerto de la Cruz? The climate of Puerto de la Cruz is very soft, nice and easy bearable even by the most sensitive people.

Here lack the typical for the Mediterranean summer heat and the typical for Europe and North America, cold winters. Whenever you like to visit it, will be better to wear light spring and summer clothes.

Keep in mind that even the nights in January are around 10 – 11°C, and the days are around 16-17°C that the weather is not very cold, so the thick clothing will probably only take up valuable space in your suitcase.