Puerto de la Cruz reclines comfortably on Tenerife's sun-dappled north coast. Being part of the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, it's a time-honored vacation hotspot, once popular with wealthy Victorians who came for the sunshine and spa facilities.

    These days it's less prim and proper, but offers all the necessary creature comforts for fun and relaxation. While the volcanic-sand beaches and safe waters are the main lure, its Old Town is a must-see, with its colonial architecture, leafy central plaza, and traditional restaurants. Its old harbor is particularly attractive, and features Bateria de Santa Barbara, a rugged old stone fort, dating back to the 18th century.

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