As well as the excursions during the Tenerife Walking Festival, participants can enjoy free access to several interesting places in Puerto de la Cruz:
Sunday 27 May
Urban routes around Puerto de la Cruz:
- 10:00 – 11:30: Lago Martiánez – following César Manrique’s footprints
- 11:30 – 13:30: Puerto de la Cruz Garden visit
LAGO MARTIÁNEZ – FOLLOWING CÉSAR MANRIQUE’S FOOTPRINTS
Departure time: 10:30 - 11:30 approximately Meeting point: Puerta Ermita de San Telmo Difficulty: low Pax: 25 Price: Free. Only for participants Registration: email@example.com (until 20th may)
Guided visit to the Lago Martiánez leisure park at dusk to take a tour of the work of César Manrique in Puerto de la Cruz, with interesting facts about the lake and the Playa Jardín project, also by him. It is a pleasant walk on which to enjoy the historic site of Puerto de la Cruz which includes places such as the Plaza del Charco square, the Casa de la Aduana building and the church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia.
Other points of interest on the route are the fishing quay, the street of the Las Lonjas fish market, with a visit to the chapel, the Torreón Ventoso tower, San Felipe Castle and San Telmo shrine.
The city is the setting for the ephemeral street-art museum known as Puerto Street Art. The route takes us to the murals painted on the urban space – an impressive experience, due to their spectacular scale and the skill of the artists who have created their works on these huge walls. This is La Ranilla, a historic part of Puerto de La Cruz where – in addition to the art – you can stroll around the streets and enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, and its shops and small restaurants.
PUERTO DE LA CRUZ GARDEN VISIT
Departure time: 11:30 - 13:30 approximately Meeting point: Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava (Puerto de la Cruz) Difficulty: low Pax: 25 Price: Free. Only for participants Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org (until 20th may)
Puerto de la Cruz has special climate conditions. An annual average temperature of 18º C, with a variation of only 7º between 22º and 15º, and an average relative humidity of 75% have allowed tropical species to thrive.
The Botanical Garden was created in 1788 by order of King Charles III, as a garden for acclimatising the species brought from the New World, which were then introduced in Europe after their adaptation in Puerto de la Cruz. Lovers of botany, or anyone who simply enjoys breathing in the air under trees and among flowers, should not miss these gardens.
Sitio Litre is the oldest garden in Tenerife, and is over 220 years old. It has a private mansion dating from 1730. Its owners decided to throw open this magical garden to the public so they could see curiosities such as the largest collection of orchids on the island, the largest and oldest dragon tree in Puerto de la Cruz, and reminiscences of important visitors such as the famous German botanist, explorer and discoverer Alexander von Humboldt, and Agatha Christie. It has a café and a boutique specialising in typical products and an exhibition of several paintings loaned by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, London, with whom it has a collaboration agreement.
Taoro Park is the small but important sports centre in the city, where children and adults alike come to run and play sports. A walk around the park affords excellent views over the city.