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Santa Cruz Tenerife 24h Hop-on and Hop-off City Tour
Santa Cruz Tenerife 24h Hop-on and Hop-off City Tour
Santa Cruz Tenerife 24h Hop-on and Hop-off City Tour 1 day
Explore Santa Cruz de Tenerife via Hop-on and Hop-off Tour! Ride the open-top double-decker bus and enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of the city’s famous landmarks.
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Gastronomic Cycling Experience in Tenerife 4D3N
Gastronomic Cycling Experience in Tenerife 4D3N
Gastronomic Cycling Experience in Tenerife 4D3N 4 days
The perfect 4D3N combo tour for cycling and food lovers! Paddle around Santa Cruz, La Laguna and nearby towns while sampling various gastronomies northern island of Tenerife has to offer.
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Teide summit hiking excursion
Teide summit hiking excursion
Teide summit hiking excursion 5 hours
Join us for a challenging hike up Teide summit (3718m), the highest volcano in Spain. Marvel at the stunning landscapes and expansive views of Teide national park from high above. Cable car ride not included.
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Anaga coastal boat excursion
Anaga coastal boat excursion
Anaga coastal boat excursion 3 hours
3 hours boat excursion exploring the picturesque coastline of Anaga which boasts stunning ridges and gorges. Swim in one of its remote volcanic black sand beaches accessible only by boat or long hike and visit caves (weather permitting).
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Return Water taxi San Andrés to Antequera OR Roque Bermejo
Return Water taxi San Andrés to Antequera OR Roque Bermejo
Return Water taxi San Andrés to Antequera OR Roque Bermejo 30 minutes
Return water taxi boat from San Andrés to Antequera or Roque Bermejo of Anaga, then get pick up again at an agreed time. An ideal alternative to access, explore or hike the beautiful and the oldest geographical part of Tenerife.
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Return Water Taxi: Puerto Chico to Antequera or Roque Bermejo
Return Water Taxi: Puerto Chico to Antequera or Roque Bermejo
Return Water Taxi: Puerto Chico to Antequera or Roque Bermejo 30 minutes
Return water taxi boat from Puerto Chico to Antequera or Roque Bermejo of Anaga, then get pick up again at an agreed time. An ideal alternative to access, explore or hike the beautiful and the oldest geographical part of Tenerife.
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Anaga Water Taxi for divers (return)
Anaga Water Taxi for divers (return)
Anaga Water Taxi for divers (return) 2 hours
Explore the untouched dive sites along Anaga coast. Return water taxi services between outskirt of Santa Cruz (San Andrés and Pueblo Chico) and Anaga. Suitable for experienced divers or diving excursion groups. Min. 6 persons.
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Travel Inspirations - Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Located in a large natural bay on the northeast coast, Santa Cruz de Tenerife  is complemented by a stunning backdrop of the Anaga mountains that are over 1000 metres high. The city is not only the capital city of Tenerife , but also shares its status as the capital of all the Canary Islands  with Las Palmas. The name of this city, Holy Cross of Tenerife , comes from the large crucifix that was erected here by the Spanish conqueror Alonso Luis Fernández de Lugo when he robbed the Guanches’ of their land in 1493. Nationalists are occasionally seen demonstrating for independence for Tenerife , while others are proud of what Spain has done for the island. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a cosmopolitan, vibrant city, which shows off the island’s varied culture and history. There are art exhibitions, museums and shows held all year round as well as concerts held by the Tenerife  Symphony Orchestra in the impressive auditorium. Throughout the town can also be spotted sculptures by international artists. The city boasts the Auditorio de Tenerife , the architectural icon of the Canary Islands , which rises like a huge white wave on the coastline.The city comprises of a mix of narrow side streets and broad avenues, with many perfect spots to rest on a bench and take in the city. Green areas are abundant in Santa Cruz, and an ideal, tranquil hide away is the tropical Parque Municipal García Sanabria. The city holds regular fiestas, as well as the famously extravagant Santa Cruz carnival in February or March each year. Although popular with tourists, Santa Cruz is not a holiday resort, but is where most Tinerfeños work and live. Visitors here can get a real feel and understanding of local life on the island. It is an excellent base for exploring the northeast of the island, and the Island Tourist Board provides maps, street plans and other information so that you can make the most of your visit. History It was at Añazo, where the city of Santa Cruz now stands, that the Castilians landed in 1494 and made Tenerife  the last island in the archipelago to be conquered. The natives who previously occupied the land were called Guanches. On the arrival of Alonso Luis Fernández de Lugo and his men, The Great Mencey de Taoro and the island’s main king, Bencomo, said he would allow the visit only if they left the land. He said he did not know what a Christian was. However, Alonso Luis Fernández de Lugo penetrated into the island and it was not long before all nine regions of Tenerife  were taken from the native Guanches, and they were made to convert to Christianity. The conquest led to a rapid expansion of population on the island, consisting of Europeans, African slaves, and natives. There was also a dramatic change in the economy from harvesting and herding, to a higher grade. The Portuguese introduced the sugar industry, in which African settlers worked. Sugar was the main export for the island until the 17 th century, at which time cultivation of vineyards led to the export of wine, mainly to England. In the 19 th century bananas and tomatoes became an important export, and at the end of the century British tourists began to arrive. Santa Cruz, a former fishermen's village, rose to prominence after a Volcano destroyed the port of Garachico in the 18th century. It then became one of the most important ports of the Atlantic and the Canary Islands , a status it retains to this day. In the 19th century Santa Cruz was awarded the status of Capital of the Canary Islands  province by King Fernandez VII. It was in 1927 that the Canarias province divided into two provinces, Las Palmas and the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife . In recent years, it has become clear that there exists a de facto union between the city of Santa Cruz and neighbouring city San Cristóbal de La Laguna. This is due to rapid population growth and lack of empty space between both, forming a merged metropolitan union. From a political, administrative view, institutional changes since the conquest were not just characteristic of Andalucian influence. They also developed their own distinctive characteristics following diverse stimuli. Tenerife  is the only island of the archipelago to preserve almost all its documentation of public institutions since the time of conquest. These can be seen in the island’s museums. In the late 20 th century, a constitutional monarchy was established and political liberty developed, as did the creation of the Federation of Autonomous Regions. The new Council (Cabildos Insular) of Tenerife  developed as a modern institution throughout the 20 th century, and took the initiative of establishing projects to improve and develop the island. Culture The culture of the city, as in the rest of the island is diverse, with influences ranging from Spain, as well as other areas of Europe, Africa, and of course from the native Guanches. The varied culture is reflected in traditional cuisine, however contemporary architecture in Santa Cruz boldly shows the city to be Spanish. Economy With a population approaching 250,000, this is the second most populous city of the Canary Islands  and is also the nerve centre of Tenerife . Its economy is diverse, ranging from reliance on oil processing, tourism and imports and exports from its deep-water harbour. It is a major Atlantic port city and is the communications hub between Europe, Africa and the Americas, with the largest cruise ship port in Spain.
Sights Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium) This architectural wonder was built by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The structure, with apparent influences from the ocean, encompasses the authority of this fascinating city. The building is used for various functions, however most impressive are the concerts held here by the Tenerife  Symphony Orchestra. Address: Avenida de la Constitución, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 568 600 Website: www.auditoriodetenerife.com Parque Marítimo César Manrique (park) This is a beautiful haven of pools and palm trees along the coastline. It was designed by Canarian artist and designer César Manrique to make use of the unsightly, disused dockyards. The park is worth a visit for those looking for a relaxing day of swimming, sunbathing and dining. Address: Avenida de la Constitución, 5, 38005 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 20 32 44 Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África (Market of Our Lady of Africa) Set across two floors, the market is a colourful display of flowers, fruits, fish, meats, cheeses and herbs. It is popular with locals, as well as tourists eager to get a taste of the island’s culture. The entrance to the market is a huge arch, and along the perimeter of the market are some shops and stalls selling traditional tapas and empanadas. Address: Avenida San Sebastián, 51, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: 922 214 033 Teatro Guimerá (Guimerá Theatre) Built on the site of the old convent Santa Domingo, this theatre was established in 1849 and shows off a mixture of classic and romantic architecture. It was recently restored and the inside is decorated with golden frescoes. In front of the building is a large, iconic theatre mask sculpture. The theatre took its name in 1925, honouring the great dramatist from Tenerife , Angel Guimerá, who died in Barcelona in 1924. Address: Calle Angel Guimera, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 606 923 Website: www.teatroguimera.es Plaza del Príncipe de Asturias This is a small, shaded square. It was the first 'park' developed after the Alameda Duque de Santa Elena, which has been around since the 19th century. Inaugurated in 1860 the square was dedicated to the Prince of Asturias. Access via: Calle Villalba Hervás, Calle Valentín Sanz, Calle Ruiz de Padrón and Calle José Murphy. Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of Saint Francisco) This fine old church was opened in 1680 when it was part of the monastery that the Franciscans founded in Santa Cruz. It has a wooden ceiling, two Baroque alter pieces dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, and a handsome organ set at one end. Address: Calle Villalba Hervás, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Plaza de España Here stands Monumento de los Caídos, a cross, built to commemorate the deaths from the Spanish Civil War. It is almost linked to the Alameda Duque de Santa Elena. The peaceful public area features a large turquoise pool and a marble fountain. There are also some beautiful sculptures on display. Access: via the Southern end of Calle de la Marina, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . El Cabildo Insular de Tenerife The government building for the island is situated on the outskirts of the Plaza de España among many other historic buildings. Address: Plaza España 1, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Website: www.tenerife.es Plaza de la Candelaria At the centre of this busy public area is a monument called the Triumph of the Virgin of Candle Mass (el monumento al Triunfo de la Candelaria ). This represents the legend of the finding of the Virgin's image by the Guanche shepherds. Nearby is La Pila (the basin), a fountain put in place in 1706, which was the first public service monument of Santa Cruz. Many festivals and events are held at this square throughout the year. Access: eastern end of Calle Castillo, close to Plaza de España. Iglesia de la Concepción This church was built around 1500 to remember the wooden cross that Alonso Luis Fernández de Lugo placed here. The cross is now preserved in this church. The Canarian wooden balconies stand out and are considered a unique example of the architecture of the islands. Street: Avenida de Bravo Murillo, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Parque Municipal García Sanabria (Park) This is a beautiful, lush, green, park, with diversity in tropical plants and peaceful hideaways to explore. In the centre is an attractive, large fountain where locals and tourists alike relax with a book or enjoy a picnic. Access via: Calle Numancia, Calle Méndez Núñez, Dr. José Naveiras and calle Rambla de Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Exhibition of Outdoor Sculptures Sculptures by an array of artists, including Henry Moore, Joan Miró and Óscar Domínguez , can be seen scattered throughout the city, particularly along Calle Rambla and the Parque Municipal García Sanabria. Parque de La Granja This expansive six-hectare park really shows off the bright and diverse vegetation the island has to offer. Since the 1970’s the magnificently landscaped grounds have offered a tranquil getaway from the busy town centre. Here you may wander through palm groves and among Drago trees as the sunshine reflects from the rainbow coloured variety of flora. The park is open all hours and is ideal for a chilled out afternoon. Access: Between the streets Bélgica, de Madrid, Benito Pérez Armas and Comodoro Rolín. Museums Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes This gallery houses a display of bright, contemporary works on the first floor, some of which are quite unique. Upstairs is quite a contrast, offering information, objects and paintings communicating Tenerife 's history. There are paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as information about the first tram on the island installed by Marqués de Villasegura in 1899. The public library has now been moved from here, to Tenerife . Address: Calle de José Murphy, 38200 Santa Cruz de Tenerife (near Plaza del Príncipe) Telephone: (+34) 922 24 43 58 Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00- 20:00 Saturday and Sunday 10:00- 15:00 Entry: Free Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Museum of Nature and Man) This museum details the life and death of ancient Canarians, including the Guanches. It also captivatingly explains the formation of the archipelago and the islands’ landscapes. Address: Avenida de Bravo Murillo, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 535 816  Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00- 19:00 (last entry at 18:30)  Entry: €3 or €1.50 for concessions Museo Militar Regional de Canarias (Regional Military Museum of the Canary Islands) The military museum is inside Almeida Fort, a building constructed in the 19 th century to help protect the port of Santa Cruz. It describes the conquest of the Canary Islands , as well as the attack on Santa Cruz by Nelson in 1797. British flags symbolising the troops who tried to occupy the city are on display, as are arms and artillery used in battles. These are accompanied with audiovisual effects reliving the events. Uniforms worn by Captain Generals of the Canary Islands  are exhibited along with many more artefacts. Address: Calle San Isidro, 2 38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: +34 922 843 500 Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00- 14:00 Entry: Free Museo Arqueológico de Tenerife This history museum displays the most extensive collection of artefacts on the history and culture of the ancient Canarian people after the Museo Canario in Las Palmas. The exhibition includes macabre yet fascinating mummified Guanche remains. Address: Calle Fuente Morales s/n,38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 209 317  Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00- 17.00, Sunday 10.00- 14.00 Note: Use of the TITSA Bono bus card to enter museums can reduce entry fee by up to 50% TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (Tenerife Space for the Arts) This art gallery was founded by the Island Council to convey ways of thinking following the changes in society of the 21 st century. Pieces on display include sculpture, installations, paintings and photographs. Many express the effects of society and hyper industry on the Earth, with some specifically exploring the environment of Tenerife . There are also temporary exhibitions that look at the progression of modern art, as well as an extensive library that is open 24 hours a day. Address: Avenida de San Sebastián, 10, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00- 20:00 Closed on Mondays except on holidays Telephone: (+34) 922 849 057 Entry: General admission €5, Canarian resident €2.50 Canarian, under 26 and over 65 years old€1 and free for children under 12 years old. Website: www.teatenerife.es
Belonging to the region of San Andrés, these 2 beaches are recommended and easily accessed from Santa Cruz. Playa de las Teresitas Playa de las Teresitas is 8km north of the city of Santa Cruz. It is popular and often lively. Children run in and out of the sea while other visitors prefer to recline in the sun’s rays, and some couples hide in nooks between the many fishing boats. The beach is ideal for everyone. Unlike other beaches on the island made up of dark volcanic material, this beach consists of golden sands. This is because Las Teresitas is an artificial beach, made by the authorities in the 1970s with 98,000 cubic metres of sand from the Sahara desert. Playa de las Gaviotas Nude sunbathing is accepted at this beach further north. It is small and isolated, hidden behind the mountains, and is very popular with surfers. At the southwest of the beach is San Andrés, a small fishing village, with a choice of decent restaurants.
Festivals Fiestas in Santa Cruz are fun and lively, with most locals taking part in some way, and people visiting from towns and villages across the island. Festivals include the Festival of Canarian Classical Music, the Festival of Opera of Tenerife and Plátano Rock Festival. There are also festivals of salsa and blues music among others. The Santa Cruz carnival is wildly extravagant. Colourful costumes, fireworks, spectacular dancing and partying throughout the streets make this one of the largest traditional carnivals in the world. The event attracts around a million people from all over the world. Street parties start on the Friday with a fabulous opening parade, and festivities go on throughout the night. The fiesta goes on, with people playing music and dancing night after night, until Ash Wednesday. On this day the “Entierro de la Sardina” (burial of the sardine) is celebrated, and the carnival officially comes to an end. The weekend of the “Piñata” begins the following Friday, when celebrations start up again. This can last up to a couple of weeks.   Restaurants Cafeteria Olympo This eatery located at the edge of Plaza de la Candelaria offers a wide range of dishes, including traditional cuisine, at budget prices. Address: Plaza la Candelaria  1, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: (+34) 922 241 738 Restaurante La Hierbita This impressive restaurant is situated in a building over 100 years old, on Calle Clavel, close toTeatro Guimerá. It offers a variety of local specialities, as well lesser found typical Canarian dishes such as the delicious revuelto de morcilla dulce (a sweet black pudding dish). Sweet black pudding is traditionally made with sweet potato, sultanas and almonds in the recipe. Famous wines from the region are also on offer here. Address: Calle Clavel 19, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: (+34) 922 244 617 La Cazuela Close to Parque Municipal García Sanabria, this restaurant is situated in an enchanting old building. With a comfortable family atmosphere it offers quality cuisine from the Basque area of Spain. Dishes are made in the traditional way consisting of original tastes and aromas and giving a true taste of the region. Address: Calle Robayna 34, 38004 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: (+34) 922 272 300 Nightlife Santa Cruz has something for everyone, from relaxed family restaurants to lively bars and nightclubs. There are a good range of pubs and clubs on offer in the César Manrique Park and also along Calle Antonio Domínguez Alfonso. A choice of music is available, from traditional Canarian folk to popular international bands. Close to the port, salsa music can be heard spilling out of some decent venues. The typical Spanish nightlife starts late with the night getting under way at about 10 o’clock and people turning up at clubs at around midnight. Santa Cruz is very pretty at night, particularly along the port, where ferries and ships throw their dancing lights into the waters. There are often concerts and events showing in the evenings, as well as regular fiestas. The island’s unique folk music, called Tenderete, can often be heard. As well as holding regular concerts the Auditorio de Tenerife  regularly puts on a fireworks display bringing the sky above this beautifully sculptured building to life.   Shopping Shops are open late, with many staying open until after 8pm. There is a wonderful choice of shops throughout the centre, with the Plaza de España on the seafront being a great place to start. From here visitors can work their way up Plaza de Candelaria, onto Calle de Castillo, the main shopping street, which offers excellent international brands at 'tax free' prices. Craft shops and places to buy typical local products and souvenirs can also be found in the bustling centre of the city. By exploring the side streets many bargains can be found. Opposite the bus station is the massive department store, El Corte Inglés, the modern icon of many Spanish cities, where almost everything can be bought, at reasonable prices. Meridiano Shopping Centre Here you will find a great offer of national and international boutiques, sports equipment, food and eateries. As one of the largest malls on the island it is likely to meet your every need. Address: Avenida Manuel Hermoso Rojas 16, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife.   Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África (Market of Our Lady of Africa) Set across two floors, the market is a colourful display of flowers, fruits, fish, meats, cheeses and herbs. It is popular with locals, as well as tourists eager to get a taste of the island’s culture. The entrance to the market is a huge arch, and along the perimeter of the market are some shops and stalls selling traditional tapas and empanadas. Address: Avenida San Sebastián, 51, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: 922 214 033
Museums and art galleries aside, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the place to be for theatre show and concerts. Winter time especially, witnesses many world class symphony orchestra performances. Although this capital city of Tenerife isn’t exactly the place for outdoor activities, it lays just on the edge of the oldest ecological part of the island - Anaga. From here it’s a short drive to several stunning hiking routes in this lush regions. There are also boat trips and water taxi from the nearby Puerto Chico and San Andrés to explore the Anaga coastline. For those who are keen on hiking up Teide, there are tours with pick up from Santa Cruz. The city is also handy to drive to several paragliding launching spots on the island. Santa Cruz de Tenerife also has the advantage of being half an hour drive away from  Puerto de la Cruz where many activities like paragliding, hiking, jeep tours etc takes place. While the beach resorts the such of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje which offer boat trips, diving, quad tours, and many more, is about an hour drive away. Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López This multi-purpose built stadium is mainly used to host football matches. It stands proudly in the capital city and holds around 24,000 people, making it the largest football stadium in the Canary Islands . It is the home ground of the team Club Deportivo Tenerife who play in Spain’s second division Address: Calle de la Mutine, 38005 Santa Cruz de Tenerife .