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Puerto de la Cruz is Tenerife’s main tourist resort in the north of the island which, although it welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, remains resolutely Canarian in character. It has often been said that Tenerife is like Britain in the sun but anyone who chooses Puerto de la Cruz in which to base themselves will enjoy a very different experience. Outside of the hotels, bars and restaurants you’ll hear very little English spoken amongst the Portuenses (those born in Puerto) who make up the bulk of the town’s population.
Puerto de la Cruz has a reputation as a sophisticated resort, not in the same way as the deluxe, five star hotel developments and carefully manicured beaches of the Costa Adeje resort in the south, but in a more traditional, Spanish way. The town’s many good restaurants, its stylish garden beach, elegant plazas, popular harbour and traditional way of life make it a favourite with Spanish mainlanders throughout the summer months as well as with Northern Europeans who come to enjoy its winter sunshine and welcoming atmosphere.
Due to its position on a promontory at the foot of the La Orotava Valley on Tenerife’s North West coast, Puerto de la Cruz enjoys the very best of Tenerife’s bounty. It receives less rain and more sunshine than the rest of the north of the island but nevertheless receives enough rainfall to sustain lush vegetation that provides the town with its abundance of gardens and its sub-tropical appearance.
November and February are normally the rainiest months and can see anything from light, night time showers to monsoon-type deluges that soak the earth in a matter of minutes; summer trade winds can sometimes bring cloudy, hot days in June, July and August; September and October are often the perfect climate months with clear skies and wonderful visibility, long hot days and warm nights. The winter months of December and January usually enjoy long hours of clear skies and sunshine with cooler temperatures after sundown.
Daytime temperatures range from the low to mid 20°s in winter and from high 20°s to mid 30°s in summer. Night time temperatures can dip as low as 14° in January and February while remaining in the balmy low 20°s during the summer months.
Discover the best of Puerto de la Cruz with the Real Tenerife Town & City Guide. This mini guide features two walking routes, one town and one garden route. As well as having easy to follow directions, the guide is full of information about the town and its attractions. Also included are recommended ‘refreshment’ stops and choice restaurants.
Buy Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife’s Cultured Resort – Exploring the Town & The Garden Route for only €3
The Real Tenerife Guidebook – in Print & on Kindle
For visitors to Tenerife who want to experience the best of Tenerife:- The 'Real' Tenerife guide to Tenerife's resorts, towns and villages is written with insight and passion by travel writers who have spent years treading the streets of every town and village, trekking along goat trails in the mountains and revelling at fiestas until dawn... [Find Out More]
Walk this Way – Tenerife
More than just a collection of the best walking routes for the island, Walk This Way Tenerife is a complete guide to self-guided walking on Tenerife. Available from Amazon. [Find out more]
Things to See & Do in Puerto de la Cruz
For many people, it’s enough simply to stroll its charismatic streets and gorgeous gardens, to linger over lunch in its picturesque plazas and dine by candlelight in its lovely restaurants but Puerto has a lot more strings to its bow… [Read More...]
Town & City Walking Routes
Tenerife has some fascinating towns, yet many visitors miss out on the best bits of them. But not those who have our Town & City Guides. With routes to our favourite sights, museums, galleries, parks, plazas, restaurants and more, these guides are your key to Tenerife towns & Cities. Routes for Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava now available.
Real Tenerife Island Drives
People in over 30 countries have discovered the best of Tenerife by car with Real Tenerife Island Drives, scenic driving routes through the best of Tenerife's countryside. On sale in PDF and Kindle formats. [More Information...]
Real Tenerife Island Walks
Discover verdant valleys, plunging ravines, sweeping forests, remote corners, tiny hamlets and vistas galore with our series of detailed walking routes, Island walks . On sale in handy PDF format. [More Information...]
The Real Tenerife Hotel Reviews
Our hotel reviews only include hotels across Tenerife we've stayed in. We haven't been paid to write them or to advertise any hotel and we don't earn anything if anyone books a hotel after reading one. These simply represent our experiences. [More Information...]