Puerto de la Cruz is a popular holiday destination thanks to its hotels and leisure options, but it also boasts a beautifully preserved town centre that was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1985. The heart of the centre is the vibrant Plaza del Charco. This is a great place to set off on a tour of sites such as Casa de la Aduana, Casa Miranda, the La Peña de Francia church and the Marquesa Hotel. One of its busiest and most genuinely charming spots is the fishing harbour, near the seaside neighbourhood of La Ranilla. To leave the city without visiting its 17th century Botanical Gardens located at the upper end of town would be almost sinful.