Playa Martiánez

Puerto de la Cruz

The long and sandy Playa Martiánez is at the eastern end of town, where a large jetty filters the anger of Atlantic swells and turns them into mere gentle rollers, perfect for learning to surf on. As with other beaches in town, the sand is black and volcanic, consisting of small particles of basalt.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Puerto de la Cruz attractions

1. Mirador de la Paz

0.21 MILES

This square with lovely views is where Agatha Christie was supposedly inspired to write The Mysterious Mr Quin. This is also a good spot to stride out to…

2. Sitio Litre Garden

0.36 MILES

This delightful garden is exquisitely laid out with walkways, fountains, tropical and subtropical plants and flowers, plus the oldest drago tree in town…

3. Ayuntamiento

0.44 MILES

A banana-packaging factory until 1973, this grand and historic building is now Puerto de la Cruz' town hall.

5. Risco Belle Aquatic Gardens

0.46 MILES

This is not just any old garden: step through the entrance and you'll be met by a sweeping lawn punctuated with tables and chairs, tropical plants (birds…

6. Iglesia de San Francisco

0.53 MILES

Located just off the central (and famed) Plaza Charco is the Iglesia de San Francisco, tacked on to tiny Ermita de San Juan, the oldest structure in town …

7. Ermita de San Juan

0.53 MILES

Built between 1599 and 1608, Ermita de San Juan is the oldest structure in town and is attached to the Iglesia de San Francisco.

8. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

0.53 MILES

The first contemporary art museum to open in Spain, dating from 1953, this well-displayed collection includes outstanding foreign, Spanish and Canarian…