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Puerto de la Cruz, the second most popular tourist city in Tenerife, has the capacity to accommodate 30,000 visitors in hotels. In contrast to the large resorts in southern Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz is known for being a great place to relax. This reputation was solidified towards the end of the last century when the famous Spa Hotel Casino Tauro was built.

Although Puerto de la Cruz is a small town that lacks many big city advantages, it offers various international attractions, excellent restaurants, cafés and many other facilities that contribute to its modern atmosphere. In fact, both national and international congresses and conventions are often held here.

Tenerife Island has excellent air and sea communications, especially with the Spanish Peninsula. There are many daily flights to Tenerife from Madrid and it is also very well communicated with Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville. Access to the other islands of the archipelago is also simple from Tenerife, with both frequent filghts and ferry services between the Canary islands.

The lushness of the gardens and the agreeable atmosphere provide for a pleasant and lively city to stroll through.  In the evening, the streets near the Plaza del Charco and the promenade are great places to dine in any of the many open air restaurants, taking advantage of Tenerife's nice year round climate and fresh sea air. The city houses a number of buildings of great historical and artistic value such as the church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña, la Ermita de San Telmo, el Castillo de San Felipe, la casa de la Aduana and the old quay where small fishing boats are still moored.

One of the greatest attractions of Puerto de la Cruz is without doubt the Lago Martianez, a series of seawater pools. The project was conceived by Canary artist Cesar Manrique and forms an extraordinary spot for sun bathing while taking in the architecture and exotic vegetation of the volcanic coast. In addition to Lago Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz boasts many small beaches with volcanic sand such as Playa Jardin and Playa Martianez.

Located on the outskirts of the city, the botanical gardens and Loro Park are a must-see for any nature lover. The botanical gardens, founded in 1788, harbor an enormous number of trees and plants from every corner of the planet, all preserved by the benign Tenerife climate. Loro Park is another tropical garden with the largest collection of parrots in the world, a great parrot show and an excellent dolphinarium.

Fiestas and celebrations in Tenerife

Carnival in Tenerife (February - March), This worldwide famous celebration takes place throughout Tenerife but is particularily splendid and exciting in the towns of Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz. During Carnival the streets come alive with group performances and processions of singing, dancing and cheering for the elected 'Queen of the Carnival' and her royal court. Puerto de la Cruz also celebrates the Entierro de la Sardina (Sardine Burial) at the end of Carnival, a tradition symbolizing the beginning of Lent through the burial of a fake sardine.

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