Puerto de la Cruz is a city from which the boom of tourism in Tenerife began in the 80s of last century. It was during this period that hotels were built here, which still work today. The city itself has existed since the 16th century. The old center with Catholic churches and ancient Canarian architecture is well preserved. Now the city center is a tourist place, with small pedestrian streets and restaurants with local cuisine.
The best beach of the city is Playa Jardin, the most popular and large beach of Puerto. From here begins the embankment and the central part of the city. One of the longest pedestrian streets is the calle Mequinez, which runs from the city stadium to the old fishing port along the waterfront. Here often there are fairs, traders come from neighboring islands.
From the old fishing port, where the statue of a girl with a fish is located, begins Plaza de Europa – an area near the ocean, where the city hall is located and concerts are held. Also here is the fortress of Santa Barbara, which defended the north of the island during the conquest of the Spaniards. The fortress was restored, an excellent place for tourism and watching the waves of the ocean.
Further the quay passes along the street of San Telmo with the church of the same name, which is also an object of tourism. The street ends at Plaza de los Reyes Católicos, where there is a bus stop and the Las Vegas hotel.
Further, part of the Lago Martianez embankment begins, comfortable pools are built here, protected from ocean waves. At the end of the waterfront Martianez – the second ocean beach of the city, there are almost always strong waves. The ocean in the north of the island is always troubled, so most people on the beaches in Puerto, sunbathing, and not bathe. Also for this reason, many hotels in the city have a rooftop swimming pool.