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Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife, Spain was once a known agricultural development that today represents a premiere holiday destination. Puerto de la Cruz isnt a big city as it is part of the Orotava Valley but it is located close to major cities such as La Orotara and Santa Cruz. The resort is hailed as one of the leading resorts in the Canary Islands and it boasts among other things stunning age-old architecture, several beaches and many attractions to keep you busy all holiday long.
There is something for every here in Puerto de la Cruz. For the nature lover many opportunities abound. Start off your nature tour exploring the Teide Mountain, which is the highest mountain in Spain. In the same vicinity is the Teide National Park, where you can see the very best in flora and wildlife.
Do not leave Puerto de la Cruz without visiting the 18th century Botanical Gardens. Here tropical plants flourish and every species of plants that you can think about in the world can be found here as well. Fall in love with the parrots that occupy Loro Park and see them flutter through the tropical gardens there. And if you are travelling with your children, take them elsewhere at Loro Parque where they would see dolphins as they delight the crowd with their tricks.
Puerto de la Cruz is big on architecture buildings as one would see on a casual visit to San Cristobal de la Laguna. The church of La Concepcion and the majestic Episcopal Palace are here and they are two known historical gems. Puerto de la Cruz also encompasses a port which is home to a pristine promenade that has tall palm trees which provides enough shades to the sidewalk cafes and restaurants which run around the promenade.
But probably the biggest attraction in Puerto de la Cruz is the Lago Martianez. Designed by architect Cesar Manrique, Lago Martianez is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Among modern architecture and vegetation is a man-made lake along with several salt-water pools.
There are also pools her that have been specially designed to accommodation children. Providing countless hours of relaxation after your swim you can head over to the varied restaurants to sample some Canarian food or you can visit one of the bars there as well. Finally if you ever feel lucky while at Lago Martianez, then put your luck to work for you at the casino that is also here.
See Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife and it would change the way you do holiday time forever. Beautiful by nature Puerto de la Cruz has fascinating landscapes and entices with various nature sites, offers several choices of incredible beaches and its historical architecture is also a conversation piece.
When you check in at one of the hotels here, you will enjoy all the amenities that seem fit for a king or queen. Most of the hotels in Puerto de la Cruz feature a fascinating view of the beach one can only imagine waking up every morning to such serenity. And depending which hotel you stay in, you would be able to also enjoy a few top-notch amenities such as restaurants and nightclubs at the hotels.
Shopping can also be done at these hotels and there is even an area that is designated to playing your favourite sporting games. Since the weather here is gorgeous and sunny any time of year, it would be almost impossible for you to not go out to one of the beaches for a swim. Beaches here include El Muelle, Playa Hardin, San Telmo and El Muelle to name a few.
The atmosphere at the port in the city is contagious for there is a hustle and bustle here like no other. Conveniently located on the periphery of the main promenade in the downtown area are bars and sidewalk cafes. Puerto de la Cruz also has fair share of restaurants which specialises in traditional Canarian food. When ordering Canarian food, get ready to enjoy dishes that may include fish casserole or vegetable stews.
Rabbit is a choice meat in Puerto de la Suez and vegetable soup here is served cold rather than hot. Potatoes boiled in salted water may seem like a boring dish but just wait until they add that special mojo sauce to it and take things up a notch with this meal known as papas arrugadas. Other ingredients that are widely used in Canarian cooking are bananas, sausages and of course every meal seems better with a drink of one of Canary Islands fine wines.
With a few hours to spare after enjoying your meal, visit the Museo Naval de la Casa Iriarte which is a Naval Museum and get all your shopping done at the port. Vendors are aplenty at the port and they would sell you everything from fragrances to alcohol beverages and electronic items all marked at prices that you can afford.