The Paseo de San Telmo is like the backbone of Puerto de la Cruz, a place that connects the most important points of the city and invites all tourists and inhabitants to the sea and the promenade with approximately 300 meters in length. Here you can enjoy a continuous transit of people, the refreshing and always nice breeze with the smell of the sea and a lot of restaurants and shops, where you can find anything you need. Possibly one of the busiest locations in Puerto de la Cruz and the most pleasant to stroll, especially after its recent reform.
The zones that are connected by the Paseo de San Telmo
Paseo de San Telmo is located on the coast of Puerto de la Cruz leaving aside the Plaza del Charco and Plaza Europa in the central zone of the city and on the other side Lake Martiánez and Playa Martiánez.
You must also know that the Paseo de San Telmo has recently undergone many changes. Previously it was a little more difficult to enjoy this area especially for people with disabilities, since the streets were cobbled and consisted in certain sections of stairs. However, after the works have been done the promenade is much more accessible, has widened and the visibility of sea is better since the ancient walls were replaced by railings that allow greater visibility to all people who like the sea.
The main points of Paseo de San Telmo
Playa de San Telmo
It is a small urban beach also has the distinctive blue flag, with an area of 350 meters long and 35 meters wide. It is characteristic of the Playa de San Telmo, that natural pools form when the tide is low in this coastal area.
The shopping area of Paseo de San Telmo consists of very diverse businesses, from restaurants in which to eat while to watch blue sea horizon and the pleasant feeling of the sea breeze caressing your skin. Up to ice cream shops where you can enjoy an ice cream on the hottest days of summer, to clothing and accessories stores, jewelry and of course, souvenir shops to take some memory home of your visit to Puerto de la Cruz.
Ermita de San Telmo
It is a small catholic chapel of the eighteenth century that is found almost at one end of the promenade of San Telmo, surrounded by a square. The hermitage of San Telmo was rebuilt after a fire had destroyed it in 1778. Half a century later, it also suffered severe damage from a temporary and in the early twentieth century it was ransacked. Beginning from 1945 they started performing religious ceremonies in the chapel regularly.
It is noteworthy that because Puerto de la Cruz has been destination throughout many German tourists its history, in 1967 the bishop gave up the hermitage so they could celebrate in it the mass in the German language . Besides, Fred Hellweg was an architect of the town of Dusseldorf, who decorated the interior of the temple, modernizing it but keeping the old characteristic elements. It was another German, Hans Perth, who was responsible for the restoration of some paintings found on the altar of the chapel and the vault.
Currently the Ermita de San Telmo is in perfect condition.
Much to enjoy on the promenade
As you could see, on just a few meters you can enjoy on the Paseo de San Telmo a lot of experiences that are sure you will remember after your visit to Puerto de la Cruz, from enjoying the sea breeze while you eat, to acquire some souvenir, cool off with an ice cream on a hot day and even attend any religious worship, or at least know a chapel heavily influenced by the German culture.
Puerto de la Cruz hides stories and experiences around every corner, and the Paseo de San Telmo is one of the most representative examples.