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One of Puerto de la Cruz’s most imitable allures is its captivating combination of sophisticated style, natural distinction and antique tradition. A sapphire sea laps black sand beaches like a salty tongue, while bounteous tropical fruit plantations surround the bay with their exotic glory. A quaint harbour teems with provincial charm while refined restaurants and cosmopolitan cocktail bars provide an elusive style that many old resorts fail to possess. Puerto de la Cruz is a holistic holiday destination that is sure to impress those seeking sun, sand and cultural climaxes.
Puerto de la Cruz’s beach is a dramatic display of shimmering black sand, sapphire water, rugged rocks and exotic plants. Playa de Jardin, named in honour of its verdant backdrop, offers sun-seekers a distinctive place upon which to relax and recline. Behind the beach, a tantalising and tropical garden exudes colour and light and was designed by the revered Tenerifean architect Cesar Marnique. Wander the endless flower gardens, footbridges and waterfalls for a multi-dimensional day out.
Tenerife boasts a record breaking natural wonder that should be at the top of any island itinerary; at a staggering height of 3,718m, Mount Teide is the world’s highest volcano and proves an arresting vision for all who visit. The steep slopes can be ascended in order to enjoy panoramic vistas of the ocean and surrounding islands.
Like the entirety of Puerto de la Cruz’s outstanding Old Town, Meson Los Gemelos Restaurant is rustic yet refined. A favourite amongst locals, the ambience of the al fresco terrace is unrivalled, and proves a perfect setting in which to enjoy Canarian classics such as roasted rabbit and stewed goat. (C/ Peñón, 4, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain)