Let’s go to PUERTO DE LA CRUZ, TENERIFE with kid(s) !

Hola Puerto de la Cruz … Rise and shine sunshine, we are about to start today’s adventure. As usually, we are gonna start the day with breakfast. Todays plan is to look around the most important sights of the town, and for that we need a healthy energy shot in the morning (kids listen to your parents, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day 😉 ). After yesterdays great experience where little Tin The Traveler did an amazing job exploring Loro parque through out the day without even taking the afternoon nap (and he managed the same thing the day before that, on a 15-hour trip – frankly I got tired of everything) I’m hoping that we’ll have the same scenario today. Cause to see and explore everything we planned today we really do need the whole day.

For starters here are some basic information about our host town … Puerto de la Cruz is located on the north-western (ok North West just came to my mind ☺ ) side of the island and this is the place where you can find more natives than on southern part of the island. Its known for its tourism, banana production, and lately less and less for its fishing. This is the “greener“ part of the island. Walking through the town streets you can notice the difference between the old part of the town, with narrow picturesque streets with plazas, churches, natives, bigger chance to experience traditional food, and modern district where you can find tones of apartments, resorts, swimming pools, architectural miracles and similar „gadgets“ of massive tourism.

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Hola Puerto de la Cruz …  Evo nas, počinjemo današnju avanturu … Po dobrom starom (jedan dan starom) običaju (jedan dan starom na Tenerifima ofkors) dan započinjemo doručkom (jer svako jutro jedno jaje … tra la la la la la la la). U planu je obići najvažnije znamenitosti grada a za to je potrebno već ujutro osigurati dovoljno energije. Vođeni jučerašnjim super iskustvom gdje je mali Tin The Traveler uspio izdržati cijeli dan u Loro parku bez popodnevnog spavanja (a isto je uspio i na dan puta – ruku na srce nakon 15 sati puta i meni je bilo dosta) i bez ikakve drame, nadamo se da će i današnji dan proći u istom ritmu jer da bi obišli sve što je u planu danas treba nam cijeli dan.

Na početku nekoliko kratkih info o našem gradu domaćinu … Puerto de la Cruz smješten je na sjevero-zapadnoj strani otoka, i ima veći broj domaćeg stanovništva nego na jugu. Poznat je po turizmu, plantažama banana i u novije doba sve manje ribarstvu. Ovo je zeleniji dio otoka. Hodajući gradom primjećuju se kontrasti između starog dijela grada, uskih pitoresknih uličica sa trgovima, crkvama, domaćim stanovništvom,većom mogućnosti isprobavanja tradicionalne hrane, od novijeg dijela grada gdje se prostiru nebrojeni kompleksi apartmana, resorti , bazeni, arhitektonska čudesa i slični „gadgeti“ masovnog turizma.

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Before we get to the pictures the neccesarily :

Top 10 things to do/see in Puerto de la Cruz ( not neccesarily in that order) :

  1. Loro parque
  2. Playa Jardin
  3. San Felipe castle
  4. Plaza el Charco
  5. Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia church
  6. Botanical garden
  7. Lago Martianez
  8. Playa Martianez
  9. Orotava valley
  10. And of course eat some traditional food while you’re still north ( not west ☺ ) … south is more tourist oriented

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Prije nego se bacimo na slikice obavezni :

Top 10 things to do/see in Puerto de la Cruz ( ne nužno tim redoslijedom) :

1. Loro park
2. Playa Jardin
3. Castillo San Felipe
4. Plaza el Charco
5. Crkva Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia
6. Botanički vrt
7. Lago Martianez
8. Playa Martianez
9. Orotava valley
10. Naravno pojesti nešto tradicionalno dok ste još ne sjeveru i nije sve podređeno turistima kao na jugu …
We’ll start with enjoying the black sanded volcanic beach Jardin …

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Za početak uživancija na crnom vulkanskom pijesku prekrasne plaže Jardin…

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Even though it’s not the sunniest part of the day, it’s very pleasant and you can without any obstacle toss your legs to ocean or at least enjoy the beauty of the beach … trust me, kids are gonna love black warm sand, which feels like walking on a warm chocolate pudding (ok sand like sand, but I’m Tenerife fascinated, so let’s just leave it at that) and if the kids are small and you brought sand playing tool with you …  You can really really enjoy here (you can buy a sand playing kit at every corner so never mind if you don’t have it with you, but then again maybe you are not ready for the consequences of sand playing or you didn’t bring extra clothes so ignore this idea). Swimming is not an option today since it’s pretty windy and the waves are about 5 meters tall, but never mind, surfers enjoy that.

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Iako nije najsunčanije doba dana, poprilično je ugodno i bez problema se mogu malo umočiti nožice u ocean ili barem uživati u ljepotama plaže … klinci će obožavati topao crni pijesak , koji je kao da hodaš po toplom pudingu od čokolade (ok pijesak ko pijesak, ali ja sam očarana Tenerifima i meni je ovaj kao da hodaš po toplom pudingu od čokolade, let’s just leave it at that) i još ako su manji klinci a imate sa sobom i neku kanticu i lopaticu … uživancija (ako i nemate možete istu kupiti na svakom uglu a možda i ne ako niste spremni na posljedice igranja u pijesku ili nemate rezervnu odjeću). Kupanje danas na plaži baš i nije moguće jer puše vjetrić i valovi su i preko 5 metara but never mind, surferi uživaju. Moram priznati da smo primijetili da je grad pun turista treće dobi  🙂  i to uglavnom britanaca i svi ali baš svi se voze električnim kolicima/motoričima, ne zato jer nitko ne može hodat nego eto jednostavno izabiru ne hodat … a ako su mlađi onda koriste dan kako bi dobili svoju dobro poznatu rozu boji tena i naglasili pjegice, a navečer piju sve do čega dođu … (nemojte me krivo shvatit ja nemam ništa protiv britanaca/pink-a/pjegica/cuganja u potocima … ali za ne hodanje se još dvoumim ) …

After Jardin beach (the sun finally decided to cooperate fully) we got to the Lake Martianez complex which are in fact artificially built pool complex with ocean water. There used to be a lack of natural beaches where people could enjoy sun and sunbathing and swimming, so Cesar Manrique decided to design this architectonical miracle which is consider to be the biggest contemporary art museum with pools in Europe. The complex really is breath taking during the day and especially during the night and surely is a „must see“ thing in Puerto de la Cruz. The great thing is that it’s right next to the main walking trail of the town and it’s close to a whole bunch of restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets and anything else you could need. They are a great choice to freshen up on a hot day but let me just say that the water is pretty cold (ocean) so we skipped swimming. After sightseeing, walking around and a necessary dance which also became a tradition, cause little senor just can not pass by somebody playing an instrument and not participating at least a bit in a show … we keep on going …

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Nakon Playe Jardin (sunce je konačno odlučilo surađivati u punom smislu riječi) odlazimo do kompleksa Lago Martianez koji su zapravo umjetno sagrađeni „bazeni“ sa oceanskom vodom kako bi se omogućilo kupanje i sunčanje u Puerto de la Cruzu koji je imao manjak prirodnih plaža te se smatraju najvećim muzejom suvremene umjetnosti sa bazenima u Europi. Lago Martianez dizajnirao je Cesar Manrique. Kompleks je stvarno „breath taking“ kako po danu tako i po noći i stvarno spada u“must see“ stvari u Puerto de la Cruzu … Odlično je što se nalazi odmah uz glavnu šetnjicu te je u blizini svih restorana, kafića, dućana i sveg što bi vam moglo trebati … Odličan su izbor za osvježiti se tokom vrućeg dana ali napominjemo da je voda poprilično hladna oceanska tako da smo kupanje preskočili … Nakon razgledavanja i šetnjice i obavezan usputni ples koji je isto postao tradicija jer mali gospodin jednostavno ne može proći pokraj nekog tko svira a da on barem malo ne sudjeluje u showu … nastavljamo dalje …

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Enchantment with the Lake Martianez is still on a high level, while we approach to the Martianez beach … Another beautiful beach with black sand … soft, soft warm sand which is a delight to walk on … and the view …  THE VIEW … ☺ of course that we had to take a little walk through the fountain cause little boss decided that is the right thing to do at this moment … a bit of leg soaking , a bit of playing in the sun with sand, spiced up with a beautiful view and there she comes … hunger … We’ll grab a quick bite at Mc Donalds (I know, shame on us, but this is pretty rare so I guess it’s ok ) because we don’t want to lose much time since we’re only at the half of today’s plans (and usually kids really hate Mc Donadls, and they’ll be probably crying their eyes out for some vegetables ☺ )

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Očaranost Lago Martianezom nastavljamo i kratkom laganom šetnjom dolazimo do plaže Martianez … Još jedne prekrasne plaže sa crnim pijeskom … Mekan mekan topli pijesak po kojem je uživancija hodati …  A i pogled nije za baciti … Naravno da smo morali malo prošetati i po fontani kako bi doživljaj bio potpun. Red močenja nožica, red igre u pijesku začinjeno prekrasnim pogledom i nastupa glad … Odluka pada na Mc Donalds (znam, shame on us, ali to su“ rijetki petki „ pa se tješim da je ok) da ne gubimo puno vremena jer tek smo otprilike na polovici danas planiranih stvari.

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Feeding – checked, a quick cup of coffee and an ice cream at the main walking alley and we are headed to the Puerto de la Cruz’s main square, Plaza el Charco. Before the plaza we did a quick look at  the church Nuestra Senora de Pena de Francia … The plaza is a cute small square surrounded with restaurants, coffee shops and souvenir shops … You should surely get something … The fact is that it’s most acceptable to buy souvenir at china shop … and they have the largest choice …  so you can literally buy all kinds of Tenerife souvenirs but also Paris or New York souvenir, statue of Buda or a venecian carneval mask, and I believe if you would put some more effort into it you could easily find Vegeta or Kraš cookies (croatian domestic products) … But one thing I really didn’t figure out why … is why everything is full of this kinds of souvenirs …  Dick ( pardon my french but I just don’t have any other expression for this at this moment) charms, dick magnets, dick bottle openers … d..k, d..k, d..k … So if someone please has an explanation, please enlighten me. Ok we got ourselves the souvenirs … Decent ones, trust me, and it’s time for playground situated on the Plaza el Charco … Tin Tin was very good during the whole day so he gets to decide what are we gonna do with the rest of our day … So playground it is …

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Nakon klopice (pa makar i junk) brzinska kavica i sladoled na glavnoj šetnjici i vrijeme je da se uputimo na glavni gradski trg Puerto de la Cruza, Plaza el Charco kojem će prethoditi razgledavanje crkve Nuestra Senora de Pena de Francia … Trg je simpatičan manji trg okružen restoranima kafićima suvenirnicama … Pa svakako iskoristite priliku za kupnju neke uspomene … činjenica je da je najjeftinije kupit kod kineza a i izbor je ogroman … Tako doslovce možete kupiti sve vrste suvenira vezanih uz Tenerife ali bez problema će se tu naći i suvenir Londona ili New Yorka, kip Bude ili venecijanske maske za karneval, vjerujem da ako bi si dali malo više truda mogli bi naći i Vegetu i Kraševe napolitanke … Ali ono što stvarno nisam uspjela skužit zašto … je sve puno ovakvih „suvenira“… privjesci pimpeki (pardon my french ali nemam trenutno drugi izraz ), otvarači boca pimpeki, magneti pimpeki, eto ako netko zna pozadinu ovog neka me slobodno prosvijetli …
Ok suveniri kupljeni … Pristojni vjerujte… 😉 i vrijeme je za parkić koji se nalazi na trgu … a i Tin Tin je i više nego odlično izdržao skoro cijeli dan tako da ostatak dana on određuje što i kako … So playground it is …

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After a day filled with walking, sightseeing, beaches, churches, souvenirs, squares, lakes and things …  there comes a rebellion of our empty bellies …  and who’d be better to solve that problem than a dear old friend PAELLA … yum yum …

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Dakle cjelodnevni hod, plaže, trgovi, crkve,suveniri i slično, rezultirali su pobunom gladnih trbuščića i tko bolji za utažiti glad od dobre stare prijateljice , njenog veličanstva PAELLE … mljac njam, mljac njam …

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And of course her best friend SANGRIA … Salut !

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I naravno njene najbolje prijateljice SANGRIJE … Salut ! 

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Stay tuned … tomorrow we are headed to Icod de los Vinos ( el Drago Milenario) i Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the capital) and after words we’re moving our suitcases south ( sorry nort (west)) 😉

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Stay tuned … Na sutrašnjem rasporedu su Icod de los Vinos ( el Drago Milenario) i Santa Cruz de Tenerife (glavni grad) nakon čega selimo kofere na jug otoka …

 

 

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