In July, fiesta season takes hold! The embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen, (in honour of the patron saint, La Virgen del Carmen) is a very fun, and very wet, event. Thousands of people descend on the city to take part in this buzzing procession.
The event is traditionally for local people to wish good fortune and good weather to the fishing industry – which lies at the heart of Puerto de la Cruz. The celebrations involve a lot of water – as it’s symbolic of the sea – and runs to the local harbour, where a statue of the Virgen del Carmen is placed aboard a boat and taken on a trip around the bay.
Keen history enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that there are a variety of statues and monuments all over the city too. Take a selfie with ‘The Fishwife’, sculpted by Julio Nieto, which is a homage to the fishermen’s wives of Puerto de la Cruz.
By night, Puerto de la Cruz really comes to life. Our tip? Watch a Canarian Wrestling show – it’s a good talking point and an authentic Tenerife experience. If you’re feeling thirsty afterwards, why not drink in the atmosphere of a classic Canary Islands bar?
Places stay open until the early hours and there’s a huge range of drinking holes and eateries on offer where you can grab a fruity cocktail, or an ice cold beer. If you’re still not tired, you could always head to the Casino Taora and try your luck. But be warned, if you win big, the drinks will be on you for the rest of the trip.
Whether you’re partial to Spanish paella, or you’re missing the flavours of home, restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz cater for all tastes. Tapas bars, Chinese restaurants, steak houses and English pubs abound.
Head towards the city’s port and you’ll discover charming local food stalls offering freshly caught fish as well as traditional Spanish cuisine. If you’re wondering about a post-dinner walk, the harbour offers picturesque views – great for taking some holiday snaps. If the flavours of this vibrant resort are enough to tempt you, be sure to browse our range and find your own cheap holiday to Tenerife.
One of the benefits of holidaying near to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 35 minutes by car or taxi, is that it’s home to a fantastic range of shops. The city has a variety English and Spanish brand names to choose from. Due to its free port status, Tenerife plays host to importers from all over the world, supplying everything from fashion, jewellery and electronic goods.
If you want to stay a bit closer to home, Puerto de la Cruz is also hailed as a shopper’s paradise. Browse through the stalls on the El Mercado, the daily market, for souvenirs and a more authentic experience. You can visit the Martianez mall for the bigger stores and a selection of high-end boutiques, should you want to buy a gift someone else – or yourself for that matter.