Sights and attractions in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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 19th 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 21st 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