Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with its seaside location and important trading port, is the island’s capital city. Here, among pedestrian streets lines with shops, restaurants and other establishments, various buildings give testimony to the city’s historic origins. Calle La Noria, with its traditional houses now occupied by bars and taverns, has a vibrant nightlife. The Church of San Francisco, the Plaza Príncipe de Asturias, the Plaza de La Candelaria and the Nuestra Señora de África municipal market are some of the must-see stops on any tour of this city that blends the old with the new.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife (commonly abbreviated as Santa Cruz) is the capital (jointly with Las Palmas) of the Canary Islands, the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and capital of the island of Tenerife, Spain’s most populous island. The city sits along the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast part of the island, nestled between the bay of the same name and the Macizo de Anaga.
The cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de La Laguna (10 minutes from Santa Cruz), Tenerife’s most highly-populated area, are united geographically and through urban development. Santa Cruz, the island’s capital, is an ideal place for taking walks and going shopping, discovering local island cuisine and enjoying the city’s excellent cultural programming.
One of the city’s greatest cultural gems is its Tenerife Auditorium next to the port of Santa Cruz, which offers a range of musical events, dance and other performances throughout the year. The most popular beach is just seven kilometres from the city centre and, with its fine golden sand and breakwaters that protect the beach from currents and waves, is the perfect place for spending a day with the family. The kilometre-and-a-half long beach is dotted with palm trees and has a number of services available, including showers, changing rooms and hammocks.
A great way to spend the day in the area is to combine a relaxing dip in the sea with a delicious meal in San Andrés. This fishing village is home to many restaurants and eateries, ideal for trying local fish and seafood prepared traditionally with Canarian papas arrugadas (literally wrinkled potatoes, a local specialty) and mojo (local sauce). The Anaga Rural Park, one of Tenerife’s greatest natural treasures, completes an area that is the perfect starting point for discovering the rest of the island.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a city with a great deal to offer:
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