Hola and welcome to Santa Ursula on Tenerife’s North coast. A town and municipality drenched in Mother Nature’s beauty, Santa Ursula stands at 290 metres above sea level and is located just 24 kilometres from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - the island’s capital. Captivating and historical, the town is favoured by holidaymakers who enjoy the simpler things in life. Boasting easy access to Teide National Park and the Orotava Valley, Santa Ursula’s vegetative landscape is a paradise for hikers, many of whom are keen to ascend Spain’s highest point at Mount Teide. If you’re not feeling quite up to scaling this behemoth, you can behold the 3,718-metre spectacle from afar when you’re sunbathing on the black sand beaches in this charming Canarian town.
Puerto De La Cruz
It might welcome floods of holidaymakers annually, but nothing has stripped this resort of its Canarian character. Puerto De La Cruz is an upscale resort, positioned at the base of the La Orotava Valley. The entire town can be overlooked from the abandoned Casino and Hotel Taoro, which was constructed back in the 19th-century by the English. Perhaps the busiest area is Portside. Tuck into Canarian fare and watch the boats depart, before enjoying a stroll around Plaza de la Iglesia. Here, you will be stunned as you set your eyes on the figure of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia inside a 17th-century church.
Regarded as Tenerife's most beautiful town, La Laguna was the capital of the island up until 1723. This world heritage site acts as somewhat of a portal to the Anaga Mountains, where the highest point is 1,024 metres. Its university tradition is still going strong and to this day and students make up a big portion of the population. Consistent throughout the town is the colonial layout which was carefully chosen based on philosophical principles. Pastel hues give La Laguna an inviting feel and you’ll be forgiven for wanting to return here more than once during your stay. If you're a fan of the historic metropolis by day, you’ll love it just as much at night when the nightlife is in full swing.
Hiking trails, pyramids, and panoramic views are waiting to be discovered in Guimar - a region that was once home to an obscure group of people known as the Guanches. A number of east-west aligning pyramids were constructed by the Guanches in Guimar. Believed to have a religious purpose, these pyramids can be found near the Nature Reserve of Malpaís of Güímar. You can inspect the Nordic features and red hair of the Guanches people by viewing their 600-1,000-year-old corpses inside the island's national museum, an amazing scene to witness if you have the courage.
Exploring Santa Ursula…
Tourists from around the world flock to Tenerife every single year to catch sight of whales swimming and jumping free in the sea. You don't have to limit yourself to visiting just one island when you book a break in Tenerife, however. Boats depart every single day from this sun-soaked archipelago to the surrounding Canary Islands. Many tourists choose to indulge in an island-hopping experience from Santa Ursula to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. Boarding a sailing charter or catamaran is a preferred choice of transport because the trips are relaxing and the scenery is nothing short of breath-taking.
The Orotava Valley
This stunning valley is located on Tenerife's Northern banks. Due to its prime location 335 metres above sea level, the Orotava Valley is arguably one of the most popular viewpoints for nature enthusiasts. Back in the day, the fertile lands attracted wealthy settlers and today, the valley can be reached by more than just the rich. An abundance of banana plantations and greenery can be admired in this unrefined region. Over the years, hiking trails have naturally weaved their way into the landscape, what with so many mountaineers taking on the steep slopes throughout the seasons.
This 13.5-hectare landscaped zoo is one of the main attractions near Santa Ursula and boasts a wide range of exhibitions representing different habitats from all over the world. California sea lions, pelicans, flamingos, tigers, jaguars, and sharks are just a few of the species that can be discovered here. Attracting more than 40 million visitors every year, Loro Parque guarantees a fun yet informative and educational day out for the family.
Santa Ursula Beaches
Tenerife’s coastline is huge and you will not be disappointed by the beaches. The two most notable ones on the island’s north coast are Santa Ana Beach and Ancón Beach. Enjoy an undisturbed afternoon bathing on the black, volcanic sand, whilst looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean.
Santa Ursula Cuisine
Home to a profusion of wine bars, tapas restaurants, and cafes, Santa Ursula does not disappoint food connoisseurs with its culinary scene. Notably, the most popular types of food dished up at the local businesses are Mediterranean and Spanish. However, you will also be presented with Venezuelan, Persian and European fare when you dine in this part of Tenerife.
Santa Ursula Restaurants
With so many dining options, it is hard to narrow down the best restaurants in Santa Ursula, although some businesses deserve a special mention. Those businesses include Brunelli's Steakhouse, Bar El Camino, and Casa Lito. Delicious Mediterranean food is served at Tasca El Olivo and La Bola Tenerife. If you want to chow down on local cuisine, browse the menu at El Rincon de Tula or Bodegon el Reloj. European food is the main focus at Sunset 290 Tenerife and Bar Los Castillos.
A popular base for hikers, nature enthusiasts, food connoisseurs, and shoppers alike, Santa Ursula is an Arcadia that retains its traditional Canarian appeal. If you feel drawn to this Shangri-la of Spanish islands, let EasyJet holiday’s travel team help you to book your holiday. Our aim is to provide every customer with a stress-free process when booking low-cost flights and accommodation in Santa Ursula. Still not found what you are searching for with a Canary Islands getaway? Take a moment to browse our complete Tenerife destination guide.