Visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Spain Travel Guide

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Visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is situated on the north-east of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife. It is situated in a large bay with the sea in front and the Anaga mountains behind. It is on the north-east of the island and is one of the busiest ports in Spain.

Explore Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz is not really a tourist destination in itself however it is a great base for exploring the north-east of the island. It is also great for shopping. Start at the Plaza d'Espana, down by the sea and head up towards the Plaza de Candelaria. Keep an eye out for some lovely modernist buildings.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife attractions

One of our favourites is a visit to the Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa, a large market selling foods and spices, very colourful and a fantastic choice. Sit down at the bar in the middle and enjoy the activity around you.

Visit the Tenerife Auditorium - A beautiful building a little bit like the style of the Sydney Opera House. The Tenerife Auditorium is the main venue for the Canary Islands celebrated Classical music festival which takes place every year in January/February.

Santa Cruz Beaches

The best beach near Santa Cruz is Las Teresitas, 8 km north. This is the most popular beach on the island. It is a man-made beach which was enlarged in 1973 with the addition of 4 million sacks of Saharan sand! It is a beautiful beach with a mountainous backdrop, lots of palm trees and plenty of beach activities.


This is the most popular festival on the island and is particularly big in Santa Cruz. There is a large procession with floats, fantastic costumes, music and partying. Carnival takes place in February. Carnival in Santa Cruz is one of the biggest in the world and is being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage event.

The museum of Man and Nature is an excellent museum tracing back Canary Islands history to pre-Hispanic times and looking at the flora and fauna of the islands.

Attractions nearby

Loro Park - a wildlife park near Santa Cruz. A bit on the pricey side but with excellent sea-lion, dolphin and whale shows. Lots of other animals to see including the world's biggest collection of parrots. There is also a very large penguinarium with a reproduction of the climate of the Antarctic and so lots of snow every day. The park gets very busy so be prepared to queue.

Anaga mountains - take a trip into the Anaga mountains. Very beautiful and protected because of their ecological importance, these mountains are spectacularly beautiful in places.

La Laguna is a beautifully preserved elegant town and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Orotava is another elegant town well worth a visit.

Of course the unusual landscapes of the Teide National Park is a must when you visit the island of Tenerife.

See also:

Map of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and places to visit

Santa Cruz de Tenerife places to visit