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Puerto de la Cruz isn't as loud as Tenerife 's party resort ofPlaya de las Americas ' it's a much gentler soul. Once a small fishing village, this pretty resort appeals to couples and families looking for a relaxed break in the sunshine. With beaches, a quaint town centre and attractions to appeal to everyone, Puerto de la Cruz ticks all the boxes.
The Old Town
The Old Town in Puerto de la Cruz is especially charming, with brightly coloured buildings and pretty pedestrianised streets. See the Castillo de San Felipe, a well-preserved castle complete with drawbridge and canons, and the stunning Senora de la Pena de Francia Church, or simply take time out at a tiny taverna to watch the world go by.
Loro Parque is one of Tenerife's best loved attractions, and a trip here makes a great day out for all ages. The good news is that this theme park and wildlife park is located in Puerto de la Cruz, so you'll have it on your doorstep when you choose holidays in this resort. As well as the 4000 parrots that gave the park its name, you'll also find an aquarium, gorillas, tigers, animal shows, rides, entertainment and more in this fantastic family-friendly park.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz are a must for those with an interest in nature. Sitting pretty on the hillside, these gardens are home to an abundance of trees, flowers and shrubs ' and provide a breath of fresh air and a change of scene on beach holidays to Tenerife. If you like the Botanical Gardens you could also try the Orchid Centre, for a peaceful morning or afternoon among the blooms.
Puerto de la Cruz has three small but perfectly formed beaches, with the dark sands of the Playa de Jardin heading up the trio. Playa de las Teresitas is a stretch that has sand imported from the Sahara, whereas those who like to get an 'all over tan' could try the naturist beach of Las Gavistas.
Shop till you Drop
Despite the resort's relaxed feel, you'll find plenty of opportunities to shop if that's what floats your boat on holiday. Las Piramides de Martianez is where the locals go to do their shopping, and a great place to pick up clothes, toys, holiday essentials and treats for a picnic on the beach or at the Botanical Gardens.
Swim in the Lagoon
The Lago Martianez is the jewel in Puerto de la Cruz' crown and a fantastic alternative to the beaches if you find black sands a little too hot underfoot. Built into the craggy coastline, this lagoon looks like a natural phenomenon, with fountains, waterfalls, turquoise pools and plenty of spaces to simply sit back and relax on a sun-lounger ' a brilliant attraction for all ages, overlooking the sea.
Puerto de la Cruz
This resort on the island of Tenerife is decidedly laidback, but still offers everything that a holidaymaker could want. Choose from a selection of beaches, make a splash in the lagoon or take a stroll through one of the resort's natural parks, for a relaxing and refreshing holiday on the island of Tenerife.
This is one of the biggest attractions in the area, with tourists flocking from all over the island to see the huge variety of wildlife and quality animal shows at this park. If you want to explore the island a little more, the Mount Teide National Park awaits, with the peaks and craters of this mountain range ready for exploration.
Puerto de la Cruz
With dramatic volcanic sand beaches, jutting coastlines, a charming old town and some fantastic natural attractions, this is the perfect destination for those who want to escape the crowds but still have plenty to keep them busy on holiday.
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