The Island's Capital

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a city filled with culture and entertainment, but is not normally on a tourist's list of places to see. Nevertheless, we recommend that you go there.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife benefits from good weather, and is located in the middle between the north and south of the island. As it's a coastal city, Santa Cruz has a large port that is visited regularly by cargo ships and ocean liners as they make their way to mainland Europe, Africa or America.

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Despite Santa Cruz de Tenerife being the island's capital, not many tourists go there. So, we're hoping the following list contains some must-sees and interesting facts that make you want to visit the city the next time you're on the island.

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We recommend, as always, that you walk through the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife so you can experience the capital's cosmopolitan and diverse atmosphere. It's often difficult to find a place to park, but we would recommend that you try parking in the public car park near Plaza de España. Next, you should walk through the Plaza de la Candelaria, which is very close to the beautiful casino building and the Correos building, towards Calle de la Noria where you'll find the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción (built during the 17th and 18th centuries). There, you will be able to see el Auditorio, el Recinto Ferial and The Palmetum – a fantastic botanical garden filled with more than 500 endangered species of palm tree.

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El Auditorio, El Recinto Ferial, The Palmetum and the César Manrique Maritime Park were all built during the city's latest expansion. You can definitely spend many hours at each of these places, and particularly the latter two! 😊

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Afterwards, and if it isn't too late, you should head back towards the adjacent Castillo market street, and head towards Plaza Weiler. If you walk down Avenida 25 de Julio, you'll reach the gorgeous and luxuriant García Sanabria Park, which was built in 1926 and is the largest urban park in all of the Canary Islands. From there, you'll be able to walk along Las Ramblas, which is the home of permanent art exhibitions and great sculptures (such as the one by Colombian sculptor, Botero) and back around towards Plaza de España, and on towards Plaza del Príncipe – where you can find the Baroque Church of San Francisco.

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Being so close to the coast and the mountains, and experiencing the natural beauty around the sea in hot weather, you'll definitely be looking forward to taking a dip on one of the many beaches in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. One of the most famous of these beaches is the artificial Playa de Las Teresitas, famous for its sand which is brought over from the Sahara Desert. This beach is very popular with the chicarreros (a friendly name for the locals of Santa Cruz de Tenerife). There are also Playa de las Gaviotas and Playa de Antequera, although getting to the latter requires going by boat or an hour-long walk along a complicated trail. It's much easier to go to the César Manrique Maritime Park, and enjoy relaxing in one of the many swimming pools there.

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With Anaga Experience, we were able to do what we believe to be one of the best excursions in Tenerife. Starting in the Anaga mountains, you walk down to Playa de Antequera, and later take a boat back towards Playa de Las Teresitas – where you can end the day with some paddle boarding.

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If you prefer taking a stroll amidst nature, then we can easily recommend that you walk through Macizo de Anaga, which is a nature park and UNESCO biosphere reserve operated in collaboration with La Laguna.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife has an enormous amount to offer in terms of culture, social events and entertainment. You’ll generally want to go to the Auditorio de Tenerife, which has excellent acoustics and is the perfect place to attend concerts and performances all year round. There is also the Teatro Guimerá, which showcases a wide range of acts and shows. The capital also has many museums, like Etnográfico de Canarias or the TEA. If you're a fan of sports, then you must go to the Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez Stadium which is where Tenerife's second division football team plays as well as being the location of the best concerts on the island. Additionally, every year there is the great International Artisanal Festival.

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If you want to experience the best festivals of your life, then I would definitely not miss out on the summer carnivals in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Spectacles of all shapes and sizes, carnival costumes and masks, music and entertainment make these carnivals an unforgettable experience. Who would want to miss out on the chance to take part in these events? Every weekend, the fun continues in various terraces and bars on Avenida de Anaga and Calle de La Noria – where many traditional houses have been converted into bars and taverns.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife has always been accused of being an often-ignored seaside town. However, due to the recent construction and development of cultural and sports centres, this opinion has changed dramatically.

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You can always find excellent accommodation for either business or pleasure in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Some hotels are modern and contemporary, like Hotel Escuela Santa Cruz and Hotel Silken Atlántida Santa Cruz de Tenerife, while others possess some of the architectural elements typical of the Canary Islands – such as the beautiful 5-star hotel, Iberostar Hotel Gran Mencey.

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If you're looking for some peace and quiet, nature or a shopping experience, Santa Cruz de Tenerife has many places that are worth a visit. If what I've already mentioned has convinced you to go to Santa Cruz, then I'll leave you with this: don't forget to try some fresh seafood in San Andrés (which is about 10km outside of the capital). Whilst there, you can relax in any of the numerous terrace bars, visit one or two museums, walk through the streets and dance along to the carnival music – if you happen to be there when the festivals take place.

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