Discovering Puerto de la Cruz

Although Tenerife is popular among European holiday makers, it is more well known for the lively resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos, both located in the south of the island. However, Tenerife has so much more to offer and within driving distance of the popular resorts there is a host of things to see and do.

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz 2

This former fishing village turned tourist hotspot offers plenty to see and do away from the lively resorts of the south. Starting the day on the outskirts of town, the Jardin Botanico (Botanic Gardens) is well worth a visit. Take a stroll through these beautiful gardens dedicated to preserve the natural flora of the Canary Islands (currently hosting over 30,000 specimens). For the more active amongst you, visit the old town and marvel in the mix of old buildings coupled with modern atmosphere. To learn more about Canarian history and life, don’t miss the Museo Arqueologico with a collection consisting of more than 2,600 specimens from the Guanche culture (including the remains of several Guanche mummies).

Keeping the kids occupied

While this culture might interest you, it might not keep the kids entertained so why not check out Loro Parque, Tenerife’s premier zoo. Occupying over 33 acres of land, Loro Parque began life in 1972 as a reserve dedicated to parrots and now hosts a vast array of animals including whales, dolphins, sharks, gorillas, chimpanzees and tigers amongst many other creatures. For a more chilled out experience, head to the Lago Martianez, a massive swimming complex complete with eight pools with waterfalls and swim-through caves. All pools are filled with seawater, and there are kids pools as well as a spa treatment pool for adults only.

This is just a snapshot of what northern Tenerife has to see and do, so why not hire a car and start your adventure now. For details on car hire, it is worth looking at for the best deals and offers.