Santa Ursula, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Located on the west coast of Tenerife, the modern side of Santa Ursula has colourful villas and sea views. It is a popular base for those who wish to explore the north of the island either by car or by walking in the hills and valleys.
With just one hotel, Santa Ursula is the perfect place to avoid mass tourism and enjoy everyday Tenerifian working life and Canarian food. Separated by the motorway you have the modern and colourful villas of La Quinta and the working town of Santa Ursula. It is just a few minutes drive from the attractions of Puerto de la Cruz, charming towns and mountain villages.
From La Quinta there are plenty of sea views along the rocky coastline, but no beach. The good news is that there is a lovely garden backed beach at Puerto de la Cruz, Playa Jardin and it is just 10 minutes drive away.
Things to Do
Laze around the landscaped lido of the Cesar Manrique designed Lago Martianez. The lagoon complex comprises a string of pools, a lake-style pool, lovely water feature and plenty of sunbathing space overlooking the sea. Underneath the complex there is a casino.
Loro Parque is on the western edge of Puerto de la Cruz and less than 15 minutes drive from Santa Ursula. Set in extensive landscaped grounds the park features a wildlife zoo and aquarium as well as daily shows with the dolphins, tropical birds, whales and sea lions.
Head up through the steep steep streets of San Bartolome and into the hills of terrace vineyards or wind your way through the narrow streets of Pinto Alto for extensive views over the ocean and the many towns and villages below.
Out and About
There is a supermarket and Tasca restaurant next to the hotel and a further choice of everyday shops and Canarian eateries in Santa Ursula.
For shopping, Puerto de la Cruz has long pedestrianised shopping streets and plenty of squares and pavement cafes when you're ready for a break.
La Oratova is within 15 minutes drive and, due to it's wealth of Canarian and colonial architecture, is a popular town on the tourist trail. On the outskirts of the town you will find the botanic gardens and exhibition centre at the Jardin Botanico and, the Sitio Litre Orchid Gardens. Another popular attraction at La Oratova is Pueblo Chico, a 1:25 scale representation of the island towns and landmarks.
In the opposite direction, Tacoronte and El Sauzal are both within 10 minutes drive. Surrounded by vineyards, the towns are a great place to sample the local wines and foods. El Sauzal is home to the wine museum and has a small farmers market every day. Tacoronte has some great restaurants and holds a large farmers market every Saturday and Sunday.
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