A Fishy Trail
This charming multifaceted resort town has its roots firmly in the seafaring and fishing industries. While the small harbour is physically and culturally still at the heart of Puerto de la Cruz, the surrounding tangled net of streets is one of the most fashionable parts of Puerto for locals-in-the-know, with its terraced bars and scenic squares.
- Start Churreria Perdomo
- End Calle Mequínez
- Length 1km; 1½ hours
For the best churros in town, join the local fishermen at harbour-front Churreria Perdomo for a portion of these hot and crispy spiral-shaped doughnuts dunked into hot chocolate. This hole-in-the-wall spot, with a Virgin above the door, sells porras as well – larger tubular doughnuts, also quick fried and utterly irresistible.
Calle Santo Domingo
Owned by the local fishermen, La Cofradía de Pescadores is quite simply the best place for eating seafood in town – unless you buy it fresh from the fish stall next door to cook yourself! The back terrace has appropriate fishing harbour views.
Fronting the same-named hotel, Terraza Marquesa, dating from 1712, has one of the most delightful terraces to sip a drink and people-watch. It overlooks the lovely 16th-century Iglesia de San Francisco and adjacent flower-filled plaza, and there's live traditional Canarian music here nightly from 7pm to 11pm.
Pause in the Plaza
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.
Continue to this pretty plaza in La Ranilla barrio where brightly coloured fishermen’s cottages have been transformed into fashionable restaurants and bars, including Agora, an easy-going (but ever-popular) cafe and cocktail bar with art exhibitions, books to borrow, magazines to read and tables overlooking one of the prettiest squares in town.
Nip around the corner to this lively street, home to a handful of chilled-out places to eat and drink, including Bodega Julian, with its reassuringly brief menu of specialties like cod on sweet potato and succulent roasted lamb. The owners are accomplished musicians so live music is an added plus.
- Harbourside eats
Walk The walk starts from the harbour area right in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz and can be easily reached on foot.