As a little background : this was my first experience of Tenerife having previously been to Fuertaventura and various Med resorts. My wife and I are both early 30s and looking for somewhere warm (this in January) with decent food, relaxed bars and maybe some good walking.
The apartment we had was a studio with beds that fold up into the wall to give more space, however even with the beds down the apartment was very roomy and the kitchen was well equipped with good oven and large fridge-freezer. One thing to note - although there is a filter coffee maker there was no kettle in the apartment.
Our apartment overlooked the road rather than the pool but did have a small private patio/garden area with sunbeds and table and chairs, however being north-facing and in January this didn't get any sun so was of little use to us at this time.
The shared facilities amount to a very nice garden and pool in the centre of the triangular complex with views of Pico el Teide and also the Jardin Botanico. There is a small bar and mini-supermarket (emphasis on mini) by the pool, and there is a sun terrace above the bar.
I would only have two real grumbles - as mentioned in another review there was a definite mustiness to our apartment - possibly as it was January and maybe hadn't been used recently, and also having a north facing flat it was a little dark throughout the day and cool in the evenings as there is no heating (although plenty of blankets were provided).
The staff were all very friendly and courteous and it seemed that the management are doing quite a bit of work in terms of redecorating the place and tidying up the gardens although it never felt intrusive.
In terms of location Puerto de La Cruz is very picturesque and certainly more lush I expected however also very steep! The apartments are actually in the La Paz district above the town proper and beaches/Lido and it is a very stiff 20 minute climb to get back to so for those not so fit a 2.5 euro taxi ride is probably the order of the day.
La Paz is a quiet and "upscale" area with a number of supermarkets, restaurants and bars although these are predominantly German so Erdinger is more prominent than Carling (which is no bad thing in my view), however for some this may be a bit of a culture shock if you are used to resorts aimed at english tourists ! Note that this is the quiet end of a quiet town so definitely not a 18-30 resort (again - no bad thing). There are a few english pub style bars in La Paz and the main town offering the usual Sky Sports for those of us who need to keep in touch with the world of premiership football.
The Botanical gardens are literally 30 seconds walk from the apartments are well worth a visit, and walks along the clifftops offer spectacular views down onto Puerto de la Cruz and along the coast. The main town is an old port and so doesn't have much in the way of natural beach - there is one man made crescent shaped beach on the east of the town which seems popular with sufers and sunbathers but not casual swimmers/paddlers as the waves were quite big. To the west of the town is a more traditional beach and there is a large lido in front of the centre of the town but at the time we were there (early-mid Jan) it was undergoing a lot of renovation work and looked like it might be out of action for a while.
Large apartment, good facilities, bars restaurants and supermarkets all close at hand. Main town centre very traditional Spanish. Weather ideal for the time of year.
Hard work getting to and from town centre, La Paz caters mainly for german market, north facing apartments seemed a little dark and musty.
Overall I would go back to both Puerto de La Cruz and the Parque Tajinaste although probably for another winter break. If I was looking for a summer beach holiday I'd aim for something in the main town, or to be honest I'd probably pick somewhere other than Puerto de La Cruz with more beach.
- Also Known As:
- Parque Tajinaste Apartments Hotel Puerto De La Cruz
- Parque Tajinaste Apartments Tenerife/Puerto De La Cruz