Puerto de la Cruz – Tenerife – Photos

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

Last week I visited Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife for some much needed winter sunshine.

The first thing that struck me (after the sunshine and the warmth) was the lovely colours used on the houses.  Many of them were delightful shades of ochre, with an odd blue or turquoise house amongst them.  Absolutely lovely.

I think that’s probably my abiding memory of Puerto de la Cruz (Port of the Cross) – the vibrant colours in both the flowers and the buildings.




Fisher Woman

Fisher Woman

Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic.  Puerto de la Cruz was a fishing village in the 15th century – so it’s much older than I had realised.  This lovely statue of a fisher woman stands in the harbour area, reminding us of the island’s history.

The islands are so close to Europe that they are a popular destination for those seeking sunshine at any time of the year.  Originally they were visited only by the well off or by researchers – the plant life is amazing.

Church in Puerto de la Cruz

Church in Puerto de la Cruz

Church of Our Lady of the Rock of France

This church lies peacefully in a very attractive square.  You can’t miss it if you are meandering along the coast.  The inside of the church is stunning – very beautiful.

Church interior

Church interior

I couldn’t take photos inside because it was so dark so instead I can show you some of the beauty of the church in Buenavista that we visited.

We had hopped on a bus to take us to Buenavista (meaning good view) to see just how good the view was.  If I’m honest, the view there was no better than the views of the ocean from Puerto, but the church was magnificent.

Ocean view

Ocean view

The Atlantic Ocean

Puerto is set on the ocean front and I couldn’t resist taking lots of photos of the ocean.  I have some fabric that loos very similar to this, with the sea pounding the rocks.

Puerto lighthouse

Pouerto lighthouse

Given all the rocks, it was no surprise to see that a lighthouse was in place.  What was surprising was its unusual design.

According to Wikipedia it is 89 feet high, made of steel framework enclosing the red and white panels.  The light pattern of two flashes every 7 seconds can be seen up to 16 nautical miles away.

El Teide

El Teide

El Teide

This nearby volcano, El Tiede, dominates the skyline at Puerto de la Cruz.  I’m sure it dominates the skyline all over Tenerife.  It is the tallest mountain in Spain, which surprised me.

You can just see the peak in the top right part of the photo.  It is possible to take a cable car and walk to the top, but sadly we ran out of time.  I’ll have to take another trip to Tenerife!

Carved door

Carved door

Quilt inspiration

Obviously during my trip I was on the lookout for quilt designs.  This door had some lovely designs which I’m sure could be transferred to fabric.

I also managed to find an amazing fabric shop full of a huge range of different types of fabric.  I also saw a couple of things that I intend to make up for my craft stalls.

The Atlantic

The Atlantic

We also visited the renowned Botanical Gardens but I have so many photos from there that I’ll have to get them sorted in time for next week.

Seascape

Seascape

I’ll just leave you with some more seascapes.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Rose

 

 

 

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  1. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for taking me along on your small vacation. I love looking at the ocean and seascapes. So beautiful. We could not get away even if we wanted to we have a sick puppy dog Well he is 14 1/2 so he is an old man and we want to give his last days however long that might be the best, because he has been the best dog ever!
    Thank you again for the tour we would never have been able to see it. Glad you were able to relax and warm up.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. Pets become a part of the family, don’t they. This must be a very worrying time for you. I hope he’s not in too much discomfort – I’m thinking of you.

  2. Louise A Johnson says:

    What a lovely trip! I should love to go there someday myself. Your qut pattern is very lovely. Reminds me of a mosaic. Thank you for sharing.
    Louise Johnson

    • Thanks, Louise. The Canaries are a great set of islands to visit for summer sun. We had rain one day, but even then it wasn’t cold.

  3. It’s so cold here that I haven’t been out of my house for 4 days. My nephew who lives in Michigan told me that the wind chill factor there was 20 degrees below zero. Expected temperatures for next week 50s and 60s hence flooding in many parts of the country. Lucky you to be able to get away. The “island” is beautiful. Wish I had been with you to enjoy it.

    • Hi Claire. Your weather is in our news over here and I do feel for you. I’m certainly glad that the polar vortex hasn’t come anywhere near us. Stay safe – much better not to go out while it’s so cold. Take heart from Sandra’s comments – spring is on the way!

  4. Irena Mangone says:

    Lovely colours of your quilt Rose. Enjoyed. Your photos. ,yes saw the Door before reading your comments re quilt, and thought i wonder if Rose will design a quilt or wall hanging.
    Its very warm over Here in Queensland. 35. Celsius in Brisbane. Further out and north Qld. they had well in to the. 40 plus. Nów in Townsville they have floods .
    Take care

    • Hi Irena. You are sweltering while we are all freezing. The weather certainly does seem to have such extremes these days. Great to hear from you – and yes I’m hoping to use those door designs in a project.

  5. Irene McGinley says:

    Really tempted to go here for a break away from all this snow, love your photos and the fact they have a fabric shop is really tempting. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Carol Tambourine says:

    How lovely. Happy you had a good time.