Over the Christmas break I’ve been planning my adventures over 2018. Now that I’ve gone freelance (I’ll do a post on how I made the jump soon!) I have so much more freedom in terms of how many holidays I can take throughout the year and I’m planing to make the absolute most of it!
I used to visit Tenerife as a child because my father lived there when he was younger, but we always stayed in the town he lived in: Los Gigantes, and as such, I never had a chance to visit Puerto De La Cruz. I’ve added it to my list of potential spots to visit next year ( along with Iceland, Ghana, New York, Fiji and Thailand).
Puerto de la Cruz is one of the most popular places to visit in Tenerife, located in the north of teh island. It’s famous for its stunning beaches laden with black volcanic sand, leafy national parks for leisurely hikes and Europe’s largest water park complex – it’s not difficult to see why it draws so many tourists in each year. After doing some research, I’ve found a heap of things you can do there, but below are some of the activities I would do, if I go:
I’m a sucker for water parks, I love rides and I love being in the water, so this is a perfect combination of the two. It’s Puerto De La Cruz’s biggest attraction spanning 100,000 square metres. It was built by a famous artist named Cesar Manrique, with incredible views of the sea. The complex boasts seven swimming pools, restaurants, shops, and a casino!
Parquo Taoro (National Park)
If you’re looking for a reason to break away from your sun lounger whilst in Puerto De La Cruz, Parquo Taoroo looks like it’s well worth a visit. The National Park is set in the Taoro mountains and offers breath taking views of the sea. It’s a great place to take a hike or a leisurely stroll, with picturesque waterfalls nestled in almost every corner, it’s a perfect spot for a change in scenery and an opportunity to stretch your legs.
Playa Jardín is perhaps the most famous beach in Puerto de la Cruz. It’s an urban black sand beach that was also created by Cesar Manrique. Its name comes from the fact that beach is covered with beautiful plants, vibrant flower and luscious trees. It offers incredible views of the famous Mount Teide whilst you are sunbathing, but also has the option of hiring snorkels or pedals for the more active holiday maker.
For those of you that may want a quieter beach experience, you can head to Playa Des los Roques. This stunning natural pebbly beach is nestled against a steep rock face and attracts fewer crowds. It’s a great place for budding photographers to catch shots of the waves as they crash against the rocks.
If you want to find out more about Puerto de la Cruz, check out Holiday gems!
To my lovely readers – have any of you been to Puerto de la Cruz? Do you have any holidays plans yet for 2018? Share them with me if you do!
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