Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Puerto for Virgins: 2. Avenida Colón

Image: trolvag [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

This thoroughfare is named, in Spanish, Cristobal Colón, after the Italian explorer, whom we know as Christopher Columbus - you know, the bloke who got lost over the other side of the Atlantic and thought the peaks of Cuba were the Himalayas - but I digress.

Incidentally, when carnival is on (generally in February / March) or during Puerto de la Cruz' tourist special Summer Carnivals over the last couple of years, the bands, dance troops, floats and other participants in the parade all gather in the area in front of the H10 Tenerife Playa and the procession makes its way along the Avenida Colón and into town.

Avenida de Cristobal Colón (marked in red) click for map

To the right of our starting point (and we'll go that way another day), the road goes along the promenade behind the Playa de Martiánez (Martiánez Beach). Turn left and it's a wide, pedestrianised walkway with the Lago Martiánez (Pool Complex) and the sea on one side and hotels, shops and bars on the other. It has the usual selection from high-end brands to "kiss me quick" hats. The huge advantage, in both directions, is that there are lots of park benches, often shaded by trees, all along the length of this promenade.

Sometimes called Martianez Promenade By CTHOE [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

About half way around, you will encounter the Cafe de Paris. It is quaintly formal and seems to have been stuck in some sort of land-that-time-forgot time-warp. The music there at night is beyond cheesy, the service is meh, but you have to try the cakes!

Interior of the Cafe de Paris

Keep going on along the promenade and it will eventually open out into an area where you will find McDonald's (I can't think why you'd want to - but it's a useful landmark) round to your left, the Casino on your right and this is where there is a yellow mini train that takes tourists to the Loro Parque (it's a zoo). This is promoted EVERYWHERE in Puerto and I will give my opinion on it later. For now, keep walking along the sea front to the area where there is a small chapel, of San Telmo, which I will talk about in the next installment.

A trackless train for tourists in Tenerife

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