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Travel Blogs from Puerto de la Cruz
S3bastian stayed here on Oct 6, 2012 during their trip titled: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.
... be best to sleep in, enjoy my final day on the island, and take a much deserved trip to Las Terecitas! I woke up to eat breakfast, took a quick shower, threw on my beach clothes and ran down to the tram. Along the way, I picked up a few friends from the hospitals, and we decided it'd be cool to get some lunch before hitting the beach. Of all things we could find in Santa Cruz, we decided Subway was the best option, so I did in fact have a foot long Ham/Turkey Sub on Honey Oat bread ...
Week 5 is here! I can't believe how fast this whole experience has gone by! It feels like just yesterday I was anxiously running around the airport hopelessly trying to make it to my terminal on time, and now here I am running around La Laguna as if it were my home town.
For my final week, I'm in the Gynecology unit with one of the session A fellows, Mary Hunter. Today was our first day, and I have to say that I'm more excited for the specialty now than ...
... a broken hip. Irene, as she revealed her name to be, is the prototypical European retiree who decided to move to Tenerife in her old age. She's been living in Tenerife for upwards of twenty years in the Southern region of the island. People like Irene come to the island for the climate and the relaxation, not for the culture nor the language. She and her friends and family do not speak a word of Spanish, and they never tried to learn the language in their entire twenty years ...
... but for someone like me who suffers with acute travelbug what exactly lies over the hill is more interesting.
The following days were spent exploring a little further along the coast northward. Arising quite early did not entice me to exercise myself, it gave me the chance to try to get my brain into some kind of order with crossword or some of the numerous number games which fill the centers of newspapers. Even as early risers the availability ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Apartments Casablanca Puerto de la Cruz
The steps to the town were not that bad!
My wife and I returned yesterday after a Christmas week at Club Casablanca. I can only say...fabulous!!
We have been RCI members for 16 years and have been to exchange resorts throughout the USA,Canada and Europe and have to say that Club Casablanca is probably the best European resort we have stayed at.
The reception staff were more than helpful, maid service excellent and the quality of the apartment and the resort certainly justified the Gold Crown status.
Walking back from the town was not a particular problem, yes there were many steps but if you are not happy with steps the walk up the road on an adequate pavement was not too arduous.
Restaurants in Puerto were fantastic. My wife is vegetarian and had no problem in finding a dish to suit.
This was our first Christmas away from the UK and we will certainly be looking to do the same again this year.
Everything you could need!
These self catering apartments contain all that you would need for a holiday. The kitchen comes with a microwave, full oven, plates, cutlery (inc bottle opener), glasses, knives and even washing up liquid with a tea towel and scourer provided.
The receptionists are very helpful and there is some entertainment in the evenings but it is worth venturing out into the town at night. They have a fairly large pool but the nearest beach is a 25min walk away on the other side of town. (This is very close to Loro Parc, a large zoo that is definitely worth a visit).
Tenerife is cooler up in the north so it can sometimes be cloudy in Puerto de la Cruz but this means it has the advantage of lush gardens all around the town and is therefore much prettier than the south. It is also very hilly so be warned, there are over 100 steps from the hotel to the town or the nearest large supermarket!
If you want to experience real spanish atmosphere head for the square in the centre of town in the evenings. There are lots of restaurants and cafes to choose from.
The Canary Islands are still very warm in the winter but can get a bit chilly in the evening so remember to pack a few nice wraps or cardigans. Also the tourists are often slightly older and we sometimes felt like the youngest couple on the trips but it didn't bother us.
A lovely restful week definitely worth visiting.
Large apartments at La Paz!
Club Casablanca is large aparthotel situated on a high hill, and there is many many steps to the centre;) The swimming pool is too small for almost 300 apartments...
I stayed at Casablanca with my grandparents and we had a two-room apartment with little kitchenette. It was spacious and nice, and had good storage and good balcony. The sofa bed was comfortable also for two persons.
I highly recommend specially for families!
Large 3-room apartments
We are a family of 4 who recently have stayed at this apartment hotel for 2 weeks. We have stayed at this hotel several times. The reason for choosing this place is mainly the large apartments available. Also very good job done by the cleaning personel, and the bedsheets being changed frequently.
One bad thing is the small swimming-pool, which is not dimensioned for a swim, and the water temperature that is too warm to call it a refreshing "swim".
Great family holiday
We have just arrived back from the Casablanca Apts and had a great family holiday. The 1 bed apartments were exceptionally clean and the maids did a great job, there is a hill to climb to get to the apts which we found easier than the steps, you would definately struggle if you had difficulty with walking. The food at the bar was a bit disappointing but the entertainment was certainly entertaining! The old part of Peurto de la Cruz was good for people watching in the evening and we found a great restaurant called La Boheme just off the square, the food was beautiful and the service excellent. Walking along the lido in the evening and along the front watching the waves lashing against the rocks was very dramatic. A good holiday and I would recommend it to anyone with or without children, we have a teenager and she enjoyed the zoo, Mt Teide and the whale watching trip as well as the botanical gardens. Very relaxing and lovely weather, take a cardi for the evenings though, it can get a bit chilly!
It feels just like coming home
My wife and I have stayed at the Apts Casablancas for many years, usuall during May or June and once in January.
We have always been made to feel most welcome and the apartments are in our opinion excellent.
The staff have always been extremely helpful and on the few occasions when we have had a problem, kettles not working and things like that, it has been put right as quickly as anyone could hope for.
We really feel comfortable and 'at home' there.
Yes we have just booked again for two weeks in May 2005.
Mike and Olive Parsons.
My partner and I stayed here in August. The apartments themselves are very spacious and spotlessly clean. The only thing that I would add is that compared to some other places we have stayed in they are a little dated- white fitments etc. The kitchen has everything that you could need, down to egg cups and fruit bowl!! The apartments are build round a central area with a swimming pool and bar area in the middle. We feel that the swimming pool is rather small for the size of the complex.
The position of the hotel is probably the only thing that would stop us from booking again. It is up a VERY steep hill- you can either take the road or you can walk up the hundred or so steps. Even at night it was very hot and negotiating the steps was a real effort!
We went on two of the trips arranged through Thomson- to Mount Teide and on the dolphin watch. Both well worth the money- everything is taken care of.
An enjoyable holiday!
Remember Club Casablanca
I visited Club Casablanca from Feb 28 to March 24 of 2004. I spent the most delighted vacations ever in my life at this resort. All the staff should be commended for their polite, courteous and professional behavior. They were utmost cooperative at all times and very pleasant.
The room was always spic and span neatly clean. The service was excellent. The had good live entertainment, but missed to play some Salsa for the hispanics guests. Overall appreciation would be that i'm planning to return shortly and that i would highly recommend this place to everyone in the world. NOW! the restaurant "menu" needs to be amended and please add the description of your dishes offered in a printed manner, not only with deliciously phorographed meals. Soryy for been so honest.
Hi! i was in hotel CASABLANCA (10-17.3.2004) one week. it`s very nice place. The service was good. Thank`s wor them. love by: Finnish girl
Casablanca Apartments, Puerto de la Cruz, and more!
We stayed in the Casablanca self-catering apartments, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife in early January 2004.The 2-bed apartment we had was clean and plenty spacious enough. It has a small balcony which had nice views onto palm trees and a side view of the sea. You could even see Mount Teide on clear days.There was a small kitchenette with fridge and cooker but no microwave. Plenty of cups, plates and the like. Bring (or buy) your own washing up liquid though.The maid came in more or less every day (the 6th Jan was a "fiesta" so I think that was skipped) and gave us towels and made the beds, God bless her.The reception staff all spoke far better English than I did Spanish and were polite and helpful.The resident "bar" served breakfast and snacks from 9am until closing. There was some musical entertainment some nights, but it was aimed at the Club 80-130 resident long-stay pensioners really.They offered underground parking for my hire car at 3 a day which was better than leaving it on the street.You could easily walk to the centre of Puerto from the hotel down 121 broad, wide steps, but for the less able-bodied this might be a problem. However, a taxi ride is pretty cheap.I've documented my full week there at the following web site: http://www.webcrazy.co.uk just click on the "Tenerife 2004" picture.Best Regards Ralph Bacon UK