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The North

PUERTO DE LA CRUZ-VALLE DE LA OROTAVA
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The north of Tenerife, ranging from the valley of La Orotava to Isla Baja, is a perfect blend of nature, relaxation, culture and leisure. With Mount Teide standing proudly on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other, the north of Tenerife is a great place to discover the Island's traditions, gastronomy and craftsmanship, as well as revelling in the delight of its beaches and mild temperatures all year round.

The beautiful landscape in the valley of La Orotava is dominated by Mount Teide, the sunshine and the greenery of its gardens and allotments. Visitors will be able to explore the historic quarter of La Orotava and take in its artistic and architectural heritage, tuck into some typical Canarian delicacies or admire the work of the craftsmen using the techniques that have been passed down to them from generation to generation. Another interesting point for visitors is the Pueblo Chico theme park with its elaborate miniature models representing the Canary Islands' architecture, culture and history. Mount Teide National Park is not far from the valley of La Orotava, making it a great starting point for a visit to the park.

Looking towards the coast, you will see Puerto de la Cruz, a municipality that has been winning over the hearts of tourists from all over the world since the 19th century. There, the buildings fade into the beaches before opening out onto the famous salt water swimming pools of Lago Martiánez, which is a great place to take a break in the sunshine by the sea, with the most spectacular view of Mount Teide in the background. Puerto de la Cruz has an animal park known as Loro Parque with dolphins, orcas, jaguars, penguins, gorillas and a whole host of other animals, as well as a great collection of different species of parrots and macaws.

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