The number one ‘must do’ for all visitors to Tenerife, Loro Parque provides 135,000 square metres of sub-tropical gardens, including 7,000 palm trees, filled with exotic birds and wildlife.
The air is filled with the sound of insects and the gardens are a haven for dragonflies and butterflies.
Like most Spanish towns and cities, the culture in Puerto de la Cruz is for weekend nights to begin in or around the midnight hour.
November and February are normally the rainiest months; summer trade winds can bring cloudy, hot days in June, July and August; September and October are often the perfect climate months with clear skies and wonderful visibility, long hot days and warm nights.
The winter months of December and January usually enjoy long hours of clear skies and sunshine with cooler temperatures after sundown.
Temperatures range from the low to mid 20°s in winter and from high 20°s to mid 30°s in summer.
Puerto de la Cruz developed originally as a port for the wealthy town of La Orotava, exporting sugar and wine to the New World and was known as Puerto de La Orotava.Puerto de la Cruz’ main beach was also designed by César Manrique and provides one kilometre of fine black sand which runs from Punta Brava opposite Loro Parque, to Castillo San Felipe at the west end of the town.Backed by extensive gardens, including a large cactus garden, the beach gets high rollers most of the year which provide endless amusement to those brave enough to face them when the red flag isn’t flying, and to the rest of us from the comfort of our sun beds.Populated by sculptures by Manrique, the complex includes bars, restaurants and snack bars as well as kiosks for ice cream and sweeties.By night, the pools are lit from below and lights sparkle in the pathways creating the stunning entrance to the Casino. Entrance is €3.50 for a full day and includes sun bed and mattress.A self-service restaurant provides a reasonably priced range of food and drinks and there are shower, toilet and changing facilities.