Information & Facts
The holiday destination of Puerto de la Cruz offers some of the
best tourist attractions on the island and many guided walks are
available. The town is very attractive and has many historical
buildings to visit, such as the Church of Nuestra Senora de la Pena
and the Castillo San Felipe. Other places to see include the Loro
Parque which boasts over 200 species of parrots and other animals,
the Botanical Gardens, displaying plants from Africa, South America
and Australia is a must, and for those willing to venture further
afield, the volcanic landscape of the Teide National Park is well
worth a trip.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
In recent years muggings and other street crimes have started to
become a problem. Thefts from cars, especially cars left overnight
and cars left in what appear to be deserted scenic locations, have
become a major problem. Travellers should not leave valuable items
in an unoccupied car.
Holiday visitors should be sure to visit the most popular bars
in Puerto de la Cruz, namely Friagata, Molly Malones, Color Café
and Azucar. There is, however, a wide range of bars and clubs on
offer, with some staying open into the early hours of the
For a fine culinary experience while on holiday Puerto de la
Cruz, try La Casona, Meson los Gemelos, Regulo or La Ganania. The
many restaurants in the resort offer up a variety of dishes and
many different cuisines can be found. The Plaza de Charco is lined
with restaurants and cafés and it is the perfect place to enjoy a
meal, tapas or just a drink and watch the world go by.
Puerto de la Cruz is a shopper's paradise and holidaymakers
won't be disappointed. The 'free port status', which the island
enjoys, allows imports from all over the world. There are a large
variety of goods available from the many hundreds of shops, often
at good prices. Electronic items of every description, photographic
gear, perfumes and alcohol are especially cheap. Travellers should
beware that cheap goods can sometimes be tacky and counterfeit
goods can often be found. The Martianez mall is a favourite with
tourists to splash out on clothes, shoes and gifts.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).