Puerto de la Cruz is also a place for culture and open-air leisure
Its spring-like temperatures encourage you to enjoy the activities available in the city 365 days of the year.
The city hosts several international festivals that are a must: Mueca fills its streets with art and the magic of clowns; Periplo, fills them with travel and adventure literature; the Agatha Christie festival draws its story around the figure of the Lady of Mystery; Phe, invites you to flow with indie and electronic music; the mythical Canarias Jazz, fills them with jazz rhythms; or Bach, that fills them with classical music.
Its cultural offer is not only limited to festivals and one-off events, but you can also enjoy the cultural heritage of Puerto de La Cruz in its different venues open all year round.
Stroll through the center and discover the valuable architectural and sculptural heritage. Get to know the contemporary art treasures of Eduardo Westerdahl Museum, and enjoy a breath of fresh air by exploring the street art collection in Puerto Street Art, with works by internationally renowned urban artists such as Roa, Belin, Martin Ron, OakOak or Dulk.
Many locals are involved in new projects and have contributed to the development of an era of transformation, innovating in different ways and positioning the city as a worldwide reference of creation and artistic projection.
If you stay in Puerto de La Cruz, you will be able to lie on the black sand, share a coffee among the palm trees, enjoy a concert or sit and watch the stars from a terrace all in one day. In the center, a large number of protected buildings and mansions coexist with high-rise hotels, a classic example of the architecture of the sixties of the last century, dotted with lush subtropical gardens.
An emblem of the city and one of its gems is Lago Martianez; a cluster of artificial sea water pools, created by the great artist César Manrique that cannot be missed.
His sculptures turn this unique pool complex into an authentic open-air museum, which will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
At the other end, another treasure: Jardin Beach, also created by the same artist and made up of three beaches of black volcanic sand; El Castillo Beach, Playa Chica and Punta Brava.
A pleasant promenade with large landscaped areas runs along all the beaches, offering all the necessary facilities, such as showers, surveillance points, lifeguards, toilets, restaurants and even a children’s playground that will thrill the little ones.
Despite being very popular all year round, you will always find plenty of space, as this coastline is about 700 meters long.
Loro Parque; the Nº1 Zoo in the World
A few meters away from Jardin Beach you will find the world’s number one zoo. This distinction has been awarded by Trip Advisor users themselves, so we highly suggest you visit this place where there are many surprises in store for you.
Get ready to enjoy the natural world and to be able to observe animals from different kingdoms of the jungle at close quarters.
The history of this “must of Canary Islands” began in 1972 with a small parrot show and today, five decades later, another three hundred animal species share space with these birds. The largest dolphinarium in Europe, the penguins and its large aquarium with a glass tunnel are just some of the attractions featured in the enclosure, which, through Fundación Loro Parque, carries out important work in the conservation of species at risk of extinction.
Departure at Avda Reyes Católicos, every 20 minutes. First departure at 9:00h. From Loro Parque to Avda Reyes Católicos, every 20 minutes. Last train at 18:45h. Accessibility:
Baby buggies. They can be hired at the park for €5 per day. A deposit is required and will be refunded on delivery of the buggy.
Wheelchairs. Most rides are accessible and available free of charge. A deposit is required and will be refunded upon delivery of the wheelchair. Must be booked three days in advance: +34 922 373 841. Ext. 331.
Motorized trolley hire. Reservation required. In addition to the rental fee, a deposit is required, which will be returned upon delivery of the wheelchair. You must provide photo documentation and book three days in advance: +34 922 373 841. Ext. 331.
Phone: 922 373 841
Puerto de la Cruz, green treasure
The gardens are integrated into the city, filling many of its corners with light and color. Its flora finds the perfect acclimatization throughout the year to offer tourists and residents all its natural beauty.
It was precisely this exuberant flora and the geological peculiarity of this corner of the Atlantic that attracted the attention of the first explorers-travelers, such as Alexander von Humboldt, who in the 18th century was totally impressed by the beauty of the native flora of the valley in which it is located.
Green spaces have always been of enormous importance in the development of the city, and constant efforts have been made to integrate vegetation into the urban environment. The Canary Islands were an obligatory stop-off point for European ships traveling to America, Asia and Africa, hence the infinite number of tree, shrub and herbaceous species from the most remote regions of the planet.
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