Plaza Charco

Puerto de la Cruz

The magnificent central square of Plaza Charco (the names translates as 'Puddle Plaza' – it used to flood from the sea every time it was stormy) is shaded by Indian laurel trees and Canary palms. It's the town's meeting-and-greeting place, with kiosks, benches and a children's playground, and is flanked by relaxing bars and restaurants.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Puerto de la Cruz attractions

1. Ermita de San Juan

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

2. Iglesia de San Francisco

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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 …

3. Museo Arqueológico


This small but well laid-out museum provides an insight into the Guanche way of life with its replicas of a typical cave dwelling, as well as a burial…

4. Casa de la Aduana

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Built in 1620, Puerto de la Cruz' imposing old customs house is home to the tourist office as well as a fine contemporary-art museum. There are also…

5. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

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

7. Torreón de Ventoso

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One of the better-kept historic buildings in Puerto de la Cruz, this tower with windows and balconies was once part of the town’s Augustine convent and…

8. Ayuntamiento

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