Visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife - travel guide and tourism

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Visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of Tenerife. It is on the north-east coast of the island.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the island's capital and its deep natural harbour has historically led to a period of wealth and many fine historic buildings can be seen in the city. Even today the harbour is one of the busiest in Spain and is also an important harbour for the cruise ships which visit Tenerife from around the world.

Santa Cruz's main beach is 'Las Teresitas' which is a fine golden beach courtesy of millions of tonnes of sand from the Sahara desert. With palm trees and a back-drop of the Anaga mountains it is the most beautiful beach on Tenerife.

In the town itself head for Plaza de Espana near the harbour. Between here and Plaza de Candelaria is an excellent shopping area. Calle de Castillo is the main shopping street. If you are looking for some lively nightlife then head down to Avenida Anaga on the waterfront.

If you're not sure when to visit Santa Cruz then consider carnival time in February. The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the biggest in Spain and the second biggest in the world after that of Rio de Janiero. The carnival is such a popular and important one that it is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status.

Places to Visit in Santa Cruz

The Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion dates back to the 16th century and the Iglesia de San Fransisco is an interesting Baroque church.

The Auditorio de Tenerife is Tenerife's modern auditorium designed by Santiago Calatrava. It has a distinctive shape having been designed to look like the sails of a yacht. It is now one of Tenerife's most famous buildings.

The Plaza de Espana is the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and is the biggest Plaza on the Canary Islands. It is a lively and attractive square located near to the harbour and the Auditorio.

TheĀ  Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa is a lively bazaar and food market worth heading for in the mornings.

The Palmetum of Tenerife is a large botanical garden and contains one of the biggest collections of palm trees in the world.

Museums in Santa Cruz

The Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre contains the cannon which shot off the arm of Admiral Nelson! The museum houses collections of archeology and biology and is famous for its Guanche mummies.

Museo de Bellas Artes - fine Art museum.

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Map of Santa Cruz de Tenerife & places nearby

Selected places to visit in or near Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife