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Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife – Canary Islands)

Lago Martianez puerto de la cruz beach canary islandsSituated in the beautiful Orotava Valley, on the Atlantic Ocean coast in the north of Tenerife Island (Canary Islands), 37 km. away from city, Puerto de la Cruz is a lively town with lovely gardens and a population of about 30, 000. To add, the town is at the bottom of foothill of the Teide Mountain (3, 718 meters high).

The annual average temperature between 15 degrees in winter and 27 degrees in summer, its mild climate and its nature beauty of its surroundings have really played an important role in the quality of life in Puerto de la Cruz, which is regarded as one of the main towns in tourist attraction in Canary Islands. Moreover, the volcanic sand beaches and the fresh mountain air make Puerto de la Cruz one of the best towns to have a lifestyle healthy, spend an enjoyable holiday or do all sort of sport. In fact, in this town visitors can stroll, play, rest, eat, drink, dance, have fun and enjoy its nightlife in a friendly, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere among other many things.

playa jardinIn the heart of the historical neighborhood in the north of the town visitors can find the Plaza de la Iglesia (Church Square) and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia (Our Lady of the Rock of France Church), the square is a quiet and clean area to rest and enjoy its traditional buildings . It will take two minutes on foot from Church Square to get the remarkable Charco Square the main meeting point for citizens and tourists where people can find shops, cafés, restaurants, open air terraces. This square is immensely popular with the local people and the perfect place to spend the free time. Moreover, the old pier is nearby too. Tourists should not miss on out this area.

the port and martianez beach tenerifeThe Castle of San Felipe was built in the middle of the 17th century in order to keep safe the place. However, if you like music you will listen concerts in this Castle currently.

Puerto de la Cruz: Visiting the beaches of the Port

Puerto de la Cruz has four black sand beaches:

- Martianez Beach, is an ideal beach to go surfing, swimming, walking and enjoy water sports.

- San Telmo Beach is near the Iglesia Square in the heart of the historical Town remaining as a typical beach for bathing. This beach is especially popular among the citizens.

- The Jardin Beach, which is near the San Felipe Castle, is the largest beach in Puerto de la Cruz covering more than 16, 000 square metres. It has plenty of gardens with paths to stroll, play or rest and a range of facilities. This beach – garden was designed by the world renowned artist and sculptor Cesar Manrique Cabrera ( 1919-1992) who expressed through his designs a love of nature.

playa jardin flores- Lago Martianez Complex, (Complex Martianez Lake) which is the most emblematic place in Puerto de la Cruz, has several seawater lakes or swimming spools, gardens, terraces, bars, excellent facilities. Its surface area is about 50, 000 square meters and was designed by the artist canary Cesar Manrique Cabrera (1919-1992) who built the Complex like a natural environment space. By the way, the Complex becomes a bustling and lively place during the evening and the night. This beach is between San Telmo and Martianez beaches.

The Botanic Garden, Taoro Park and Loro Park (Tenerife)

The Botanic Garden (Jardin de Aclimatacion de la Orotava) dates from 18th century creating with astonishing variety of plants is a beautiful landscaped garden. It might have more than 4, 000 different plants.

Been to Greece? Italy? Spain? have any advice?

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Hello everyone. I’m traveling to Europe this summer and I’m trying to plan where I will be going in the three countries where I will be spending the most time: Greece, Italy and Spain. I will have about two weeks to spend in each and I don’t want to be running around trying to see everything, so I’m looking for advice on some of the best places to go where I can be happy spending a little more time. I also welcome any traveling advice you might have for these countries (like local cuisine I must try, or hand gestures I should avoid, etc.). Thanks!!!!!!

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Nick
Where to visit in Japan?

I am going to Japan for around 3 weeks and was wondering where people recommend I visit. I am locking in around 10 days in Tokyo, when my friend will be there, but am wanting advice as to how I should spend the rest of my time. I am keen to spend some time in Kyoto but there is clearly so much else to do and I'm struggling to figure out exactly what.

While I am interested in visiting some shrines and temples, I can only do that for so long. I really appreciate beautiful sceneries and cool cities. If anyone has been to Japan and were blown away by some places, or really…

Hello Nick, The must see places in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kanazawa, Takayama, shirakawago, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Pick up a good travel guide like Lonely Planet Japan before you visit as this will help you plan your trip to see and Do in Japan

Traditional Japan

Kyoto - home to more than 2000 shrines and temples
Nara - ancient capital and the birthplace of Japanese culture
Kanazawa - with the best preserved samurai and geisha districts in Japan

Culinary Experience

Tokyo - home to more Michelin star restaurants…

kiisha69
Day trips in Japan, suggestions?

I have multiple questions.

Should I go on a trip to Hokkaido by myself or find some friends to go with?
On that same Hokkaido trip, should I extend it to include some parts of Tohoku?
If I do, what are some good things to do in Tohoku?

Other things to do:
I want to travel a bit more, and thinking perhaps day or two day trips might be a good idea.
Where are some good places to go? My home base is Osaka.
Please no suggestions for around Kansai, because I'm waiting until August when I can get a 3 day Kansai Spring Pass which will let…

I live in Hokkaido.
I think that I had better see the sights of Hokkaido for three days if you can run.
Tohoku region is the same, too.
Where is the spot that you want to see the sights of?
If movement time and distance, the time of the train want to know it, please ask me a question.
About the contents of a concrete schedule, I think that I can give you some advice.

kevin8or
Have you been to JAPAN. tips, help, guide me plz.?

Hi, I'm 19 and I really x99 wanna go to japan, by myself for atleast 1 whole week. I really wanna ask a few stuff.
aside from the plain ticket. how much money should I bring?
how much clothes should I pack(do they have laundry mats?)
what's the best time to go there? month/season?
aside from a hotel, like maybe, are there people willing to take gaijins(foreigners) in their houses?

so I dont wanna go on further. just give me tips and guides or how you survived your trip to japan.

I make one suggestion to all newbies to Japan.That is travel light.Even in winter you should not overload yourself with clothes/luggage (a major hassle on trains/shinkansen).Summer is very humid and hot, it is best to avoid cotton clothes and wear the new age materials that outdoor shops sell.They are easy to hand wash and dry very quickly.Take deodorant from home with you.Spring and Autumn are great , take casual clothes and layer for the cooler days.Winter can vary from very cool (depends on where you are) to freezing and below. For example, in January 2010 I was at the top of Mt. Aso…

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