Places of Interest

Discover Puerto de la Cruz

Castillo San Felipe. [Saint Philip’s Castle]

On a site next to Playa Jardin, this is a colonial-type fort built in the XVIIth Century to defend the Old Harbour from corsairs and pirates. It is one of the four forts which formerly defended the town. The fortress represents the town’s most important defensive...

The Coastal Path

Near the Hotel Semiramis in the La Paz housing estate is where an old footpath starts. It runs along the Yeoward coast, goes under the Main East Road via a tunnel, crosses the La Arena barranco and leads to the lovely, black sand beach at El Bollullo. The path leads...

San Telmo [Saint Elmo]

The San Telmo promenade is a picturesque pedestrian promenade along the very edge of the shore, lined with shops. It gives access to a cove of the same name, with natural sea-water swimming pools and is one of the preferred bathing areas among the locals. One end of...

Plaza del Charco. [Pool Square]

This is the nerve-centre , the heart of Puerto de la Cruz, the place where the visitor gets a feel for the pulse of our busy, cosmopolitan town. Its construction cannot be dated with any precision. As an open space for meeting it existed from the earliest times, but...

Plaza de Víctor Pérez

This is the smallest and quietest of the squares in the town centre. Opposite the Church of San Francisco [Saint Francis] and the Chapel to San Juan [Saint John], it was laid out to honour the doctor who was one of the main proponents of the Taoro Hotel, and a leading...

Plaza de la Iglesia [Church Plaza]

Church Plaza opens before the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia [Our Lady of the Peña de Francia –named after a mountain shrine in Mainland Spain]. Previously it was called Fountain Square. Traditionally it can boast of having the best tended...

Plaza de Europa. [Europe Square]

This public plaza , inaugurated in 1992, covers 5,000 sq metres and has two storeys of public parking spaces underground. Half a dozen authentic cannon from the XVIII and XIXth Centuries, handed over by the Ministry of Defence and the Canary Military Command, enhance...

Playa Jardín de Punta Brava. [Garden Beach at Punta Brava]

This marvellous strip of shoreline is the result of coastal reconditioning finished in 1993 running from the Castillo San Felipe as far as the suburb of Punta Brava. It is a series of black, volcanic sand beaches, surrounded by splendid garden and pedestrian walkways,...

The Martiánez Beach

This is Puerto’s traditional bathing beach, and the centre of the tourist boom which the town underwent in the 1960s. Also known as La Barranquera, being the mouth of the Martiánez barranco, this is a natural beach of black volcanic sand, protected in part by an...

Paseo de las Palmeras [the Palm Tree Promenade]

The popular Paseo de Las Palmeras is a unique pedestrian walk flanked by a double file of hundred-year-old Canary palms which runs for some 300 metres parallel to the last stretch of the Martiánez barranco. This walk and the two traffic lanes which run on either side...

Paseo de Colón [The Columbus’ Promenade]

This seaside promenade, now pedestrian, symbolises the great urban and tourist development which the town underwent in the 1960s. From this time dates the typical scene of Lázaro the Camel Man, who took tourists for a ride on the backs of his three Fuerteventura...

Parque Taoro. [Taoro Park]

In the centre of Puerto de la Cruz is a promontory – in olden days called Misery Mount, as it is a volcanic badland – from where one gets the best view of the whole town. This green lung is the Taoro Park which in other times was a residential area for Puerto’s select...

Ventoso Mansion

One of the best preserved architectural ensembles from the XVIIIth Century, and whose elements demonstrate the splendour of that age in the town, can be seen in Iriarte Street. On one side, next to the Plaza Concejil stands the Ventoso Mansion, which for many years...

Museo Arqueológico Municipal [Municipal Archaeological Museum]

This opened to the public in 1991 in El Lomo street, and is one of the foremost cultural centres in the north of Tenerife. It is located in a large, traditional Canary house from the XIXth Century in the harbour area , acquired and restored by the Town Council in...

Fishing Harbour

Despite its name, in all its history Puerto de la Cruz has never had a harbour worthy of the name. What is known as the old harbour was built shortly after the Conquest of the Island at the mouth of the San Felipe barranco, where now the splendid Playa Jardín [Garden...

La Paz Viewpoint

This is one of the most spectacular viewpoints on the Island. Situated on the very edge of the Martiánez cliffs, it gives a panoramic view over the new part of Puerto de la Cruz and especially of the Martiánez beach and the Martiánez Complex , as well as part of the...

Loro Parque. [the Parrot Park]

Famous worldwide, this theme park is one of the most-visited places on the Island. It started in 1972 with a little parrot show and three decades later it has become one of Puerto de la Cruz’ and Tenerife’s most important tourist attractions. The Loro Parque possesses...

Las Lonjas[Fishmarket]

The small pedestrian street of Las Lonjas is one of the most picturesque corners of Puerto de la Cruz, with a flavour of by-gone days. Its cobbles lead from the area around the Town Hall to the harbour. Its name is derived from the market which supplied the town with...

‘La Chercha’

This is the popular name given to the Protestant cemetery, “Chercha” being derived from the English “church”. Its construction dates from 1676 which gives some idea of the importance and long tradition of the foreign community in the Municipality. It was the first...

The Old Gardens at Martiánez

In the last few years the Town Council has turned the Old Martiánez Garden into an open public place. This charming, evocative park, distinguished by three enormous laurel trees, belonged in the past to the old Martiánez Hotel. It still retains the old fountain stone...

Sitio Litre Garden

The history of this marvellous hacienda, one of the oldest on the Island, goes back to the XVIIIth Century. The house was built in 1730 and for 44 years was a Convent. Its present name comes from its first proprietor Archibald Little who bought the holding in 1774,...

The Botanical and Acclimatisation Garden

On the road out of town we have one of our historical and cultural gems , a product of the Spanish Enlightenment. The Botanical and Acclimatisation Garden of La Orotava was created in1792 by the Marqués de Villanueva del Prado on the orders of King Carlos III to...

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia

The growth of the town’s population and economy over the XVIIth Century was to permit the building of the present Parish Church on the site previously occupied by a chapel. The works, finished in 1697, were carried out thanks to the donations of the parishioners, the...

The Anglican Church

All Saints Anglican Church is in the Taoro Park and is yet another reminder of the considerable English community which established itself in this area of town in the XIXth Century. The church is built in English neo-Gothic style. The foundation stone was laid on 7th...

Hotel Marquesa

This is one of the oldest hotels in town. The Canary mansion which houses it and which still retains large parts of its original structure was built in 1712 as the main home of the Valois-Cólogan family. The house provided lodging for the famous travellers and...

Lime Kilns at Las Cabezas

Now renovated and turned into a public park, this group of buildings dates from the end of the XVIIIth Century. It consists of three vaulted buildings for industrial use, which in their day served to produce plaster of Paris and lime, basic building materials. The...

Chapel of San Amaro. [Saint Amarus]

The chapel of San Amaro, the oldest in the Municipality, was built in 1591 and its original function was to convert to Christian use the places which had a deep spiritual significance for the aborigines, such as the Llano del Bailadero [heathen dancing ground] and the...

El Peñón del Fraile [Friar’s Crag]

This is one of the town’s symbols, a gigantic volcanic rock, a product of the eruptions of 1430 and which owes its name to a friar who, in the early part of the XVIIIth Century, climbed up to pray in isolation. In 1813, the Genoese Luis Lavaggi, on a whim, decided to...

El Penitente

The wharf at El Penitente was Puerto de la Cruz’ last chance to keep its sea trade, whether between the Islands or abroad. At a time when the road system of Tenerife had improved markedly as a result of the building of the main road linking Santa Cruz and Puerto de la...

The Martiánez Coast Swimming Pool Complex

The real emblem of Puerto de la Cruz for tourists is the Martiánez Coast Municipal Complex, a modern, inviting arrangement of large, artificial sea-water pools designed in a superbly original manner, integrating them in their environment , by the Lanzarote artist...

Casino in Puerto de la Cruz

The town’s Gambling Casino is located in the central island of the artificial lake in the Martiánez Complex. Its aim is to offer the best facilities in a luxurious setting accessible to all. In the main hall four roulette wheels and four card tables are available, and...

Casa Iriarte [the Iriarte Family House]

Opposite the Ventoso Mansion is the the Iriarte Family House built at the end of the XVIII Century and exhibits the essential elements of traditional Canary architecture. The Iriarte brothers were born in the house and achieved fame at national level for their...

House of Alvarez Rixo

The rear of the Ventoso Mansion is bounded by another major building of the XVIIIth Century, now in a state of abandon, which was the birthplace in 1796 of the chronicler and Mayor José Agustín Alvarez Rixo. The son of Portugese merchants, he initiated the collecting...

Casa Amarilla. [Yellow House]

The Yellow House located near the Yeoward coast is a two-storey Canary house, now practically a ruin. In the 1920s it was used as a centre for research into Primate behaviour , run by German scientific institutions and its results of enormous importance. The work on...

Abaco House

In the middle of the XVIIIth Century, the XIth Conde [Count] de la Gomera, married Doña Marina Leonor Benítez de Lugo y Ponte and built a mansion as a wedding present in the area of el Durazno, on land given to him by his father-in-law. He also built an oratory, and...

Former Convent of Santo Domingo [Saint James]

Next to the Punta del Viento viewpoint is the former convent of Santo Domingo, in the street of the same name. The Order of Saint James finished the construction of the Dominican Convent of San Pedro González Telmo around the year 1659. In 1778 the Convent was...

Antigua Casa de la Real Aduana [The Former Royal Customs House]

This is the oldest civil structure preserved in Puerto de la Cruz and an essential element in any photo of the fishing harbour. Built in traditional Canary style, it was founded in 1620 by the Franchy family. Later on it was leased to the Royal Treasury to house the...

Cliffs, mountainside and caves at Martiánez

The mountainside at Martiánez is one of the few natural areas in the Municipality of Puerto de la Cruz. Its impressive 45-metre height inspired one of Agatha Christie’s stories. It is made up of a series of geological strata of different volcanic materials, a natural...