Puerto de la Cruz is the most popular resort in the north of Tenerife boasting one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, Playa Jardín. Stylish and distinctive because of its volcanic sand, this is a top spot for thousands of sun worshippers who journey to this charming seaside destination every year.
What type of people travel to Puerto de la Cruz? The answer is; everybody! This is a place for single people, couples in love, groups of friends, families and the retired. While it is not quite as energetic as the infamous Playa de las Américas in the south, there is plenty of entertainment and nightlife to keep everyone amused, plus a rather large helping of culture. It also has a reputation as being a location for the discerning traveller and the beaches are exactly the same.
Playa Jardín was landscaped for peace and relaxation by famed architect and artist César Manrique, it stretches for 3,274 feet (one kilometre) giving you plenty of space and comfort. It runs from the old part of town called Punta Brava to Castillo de San Felipe in the west of the town. Palm trees that sway in a gentle sea breeze surround the stretch of fine, dark-coloured sand. Glorious blue skies and a wonderful warm sun will take all your cares away and the temperate waters are the ideal place for a relaxing dip. Unwind on a sunbed, doze off under a sunshade or grab a refreshing drink from the kiosk on the sand. In addition, there are also ample shower facilities.
Behind the beach are lovely gardens that include endemic plants and flowers including an abundance of cacti. Restaurants and bars line this promenade area where you can people watch, grab a bite to eat and observe the beauty of the sun disappearing behind the horizon. Parking is also nearby.
Make sure you do not miss the second beach of Puerto de la Cruz, the cosy Playa Martiánez. It is simple and unspoiled; a great place to relax on the dark coloured sand. There is a bistro overlooking the ocean and a few cafés and bars nearby. This beach is located next to the renowned Lago Martianez, an impressive outdoor water park featuring salt water lakes, cascading waterfalls, volcanic rock sculptures and stunning sub-tropical gardens. Another of César Manrique’s creations, this top attraction adds to the overall popularity of Puerto de la Cruz, especially with families.
Spain-Tenerife is all about holidays; our team of travel specialists work hard to discover the best hotels on the island and we pass those recommendations onto you — all at very reasonable prices that will not break the bank.
Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden is a prestigious 5-star hotel, one of the most esteemed establishments on the island. Sumptuous suites, fantastic vistas, gourmet restaurants, a well-being spa and unrivalled hospitality are just some of the offerings that make this place so extraordinary. It is also just a 10 minute drive from Playa Jardín.
The Hotel Beatriz Atlantis & Spa has an enviable seafront location next to Lago Martiánez and is a 20 minute stroll from Playa Jardín. With 4-stars it offers chic and spacious guestrooms, a top class health resort where you can pamper yourself, two restaurants, beautiful swimming pools and a wealth of facilities including a complimentary Kid’s Club to keep the little ones amused.