The pier of Puerto de la Cruz: an historical claim
The pier of Puerto de la Cruz has been linked to the history of this coastal town in the north of Tenerife from almost the beginning.
In the year 1506 , the Cabildo had proposed the construction of a pier in order to facilitate the establishment and exportation of the merchanside brought by the various traders who arrived in the town.
During the 17th century, it was decided to gamble on the possibility of extending the dock to allow anchoring of vessels with a greater tonnage.
The 18th century, however, was marked by a decline of the port compared to earlier times, a fact greatly influenced by the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife which would develop international trade, diminishing therefore the influence which had been developing at Puerto de la Cruz.
With the arrival of Alfonso XIII to the island of Tenerife in 1906 and the visit of the monarch to the city, there were many who thought that this could resurrect the century-old claim for the construction of a pier once and for all. Alfonso XIII had expressed an interest in the project to build a pier to meet the needs which the city demanded.
The truth is that no progress was made in the project and only a few projects of expansion took place in the spring during the last century. However, these were only a series of mild reforms which in no way met the historical demands or what was happening elsewhere.
The current state of the dock only allows the entrance and exit of smaller boats, a shameful picture in a tourist centre where the aesthetics should be of paramount importance in order to present the best possible scenario for visitors. A proper port could bring life to a city which has the hotel infrastructure to cope with the arrival of cruise ships in search of a perfect destination.
For several centuries, an historic debt owed to Puerto de la Cruz has not been met.
Many other locations on the island with less economic impact and with an historical background nothing like that of Puerto de la Cruz have ports with the conditions today’s modern times demand.
The construction of a sports’ marina and waterfront park would bring a major boost to the city, an action which could also benefit other municipalities in the north of Tenerife.
Today, as yesterday, the petition continues to build a dock, a request which must be realised and thus settle the historic debt owed to the tourist resort of Puerto de la Cruz.