From its sand-swept beaches to its captivating city streets – there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this Canary Islands capital. Located on the stunning island of Tenerife, you’ll be surrounded by glistening seas during your getaway, as well as a wealth of culture and more than enough entertainment to entice you. Whether you’re looking for a family summer break or fancy a romantic retreat with a dose of sunshine thrown in, you’re sure to enjoy a holiday to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Located on the island’s north tip, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the Canary Island’s most cosmopolitan cities and yet is easily explored on foot. Great transport links and an excellent tram system mean historical sites, great shopping and restaurants are never too far away, wherever you choose to stay. Catch a glimpse of contemporary art at one of the city’s galleries, linger over a drink in a street-side café, or simply immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of this persuasive city.
Playa de las Americas
Situated on the south-western side of the island, Playa de las Americas is a popular hotspot for holidaymakers, particularly those travelling as a family. While you’d be forgiven for thinking this resort is all about neon-lit streets and tourist-led entertainment, this part of the island has plenty of charm too.
Puerto de la Cruz
Set among picturesque vineyards and a mountainous backdrop, there’s real beauty to be found in Puerto de la Cruz. Both stylish and traditional, the resort offers a great mix of authentic restaurants alongside bustling beach bars.
If you’re looking for luxury, Costa Adeje is the ideal choice. Blissful beaches and designer boutiques offer enough to keep you occupied while you immerse yourself in the infectious Canarian culture of this resort.
Exploring Santa Cruz de Tenerife...
Explore the city’s cultural side
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is jam-packed with cultural and historical attractions, as well as a number of galleries and museums. One of the top tourist spots is the Museum of Man and Nature, documenting the evolution of the Canary Islands through its interesting past to the present day. Housed in a 19th-century former hospital, it contains exhibits on everything from plant life to mummified human remains, making it a memorable visit for your trip.
Tenerife’s capital is the ideal spot for a little retail therapy, with great shops to be found around every corner. El Corte Ingles boasts seven retail floors, while the Calle Castillo is the traditional shopping hub of the city. For something a little more unknown, explore the Nuestra Senora de Africa market for local fruits, food and souvenirs.
There’s plenty of great art and architecture to see in the city, and the best way to enjoy it is on foot. Lace up your walking boots to take a hike alongside the sculpture trail and you’ll come across works by famous artists such as Henry Moore and Jose Abad. Begin your journey at the Avenida de San Sebastian – and don’t forget your camera!
You might think that Santa Cruz de Tenerife is too rocky to offer beaches, but that’s just not the case, and there are in fact some beautiful beaches on the island.
Playa de las Teresitas is the most popular hotspot for holidaymakers, thanks to its golden sands and endless amount of leisure activities for all the family. There are usually sun loungers dotted around, as well as a few beach bars and restaurants providing refreshments.
For those seeking something more sedate, however, Las Gavitos is a must-visit. This camera-worthy stretch of sand is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Tenerife’s tourist areas. Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere and stunning views. You’ll often find surf-boarders visiting too, making the most of the island waves.
Cuisine in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
As with most areas on the island, you’ll find every cuisine imaginable in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. There’s a real emphasis on Spanish fare here, and you’re just as likely to stumble across a modern and upmarket eatery as you are a family-run tapas bar. For those interested in trying the local dishes, it’s no surprise that seafood is a firm favourite. Try freshly caught prawns fried up with garlic for a great tapas dish, or make the most of a Canarian favourite – Papas Arrugadas. These small, salted wrinkly potatoes can be found everywhere on the island, often served with a spicy chilli-based mojo sauce.
For dessert, the must-try dish is Bienmesabe, a sugar-fuelled pudding made with honey, almond cream, eggs and rum. Usually served on its own or with ice cream, it’s the perfect way to finish off a meal in the city.
There are plenty of places to eat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, whether you fancy upmarket dining or a light bite to eat. While the port offers many tourist-friendly restaurants, some of the most authentic eateries can be found among the cobbled side-streets of the old town. Here you’ll find a welcome mix of old and new, with a variety of local and international flavours to be discovered.
Bars can be found in and around the streets leading off from the main esplanade or surrounding the Plaza Espanña. You’ll more than likely find what you’re looking for in this part of the city – whether that’s a fun karaoke bar or a charming haunt to hide away with a cocktail or two!
Whether you’re looking for a dose of winter sunshine or a city break with a twist, Santa Cruz de Tenerife should be next on your travel checklist. From its stylish shopping hub to its sophisticated restaurants. Gorge on delicious Spanish dishes, explore the city’s cobbled streets or immerse yourself in the area’s art scene.
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