Holidays in
Santa Cruz De Tenerife

Tenerife’s creative capital

A bustling arts destination with a historic centre where the world’s second-largest carnival is held, and a sunkissed, golden-sand beach, Santa Cruz de Tenerife holidays have it all. First stop should be Las Teresitas beach, a palm-fringed stretch of sand set against the rugged Anaga Mountains. If you prefer things wilder, there are the black volcanic sands of Los Gaviotas beach. Once you’ve hit your sunbathing quota, there’s shopping to be done – try Calle de Castillo for quirky boutiques and low-key pavement cafés, or visit arts-and-crafts hub Nuestra Senora de Africa, a covered market.

When it comes to dining, on holidays to Santa Cruz de Tenerife you’re spoilt for choice. After being wowed by the old town’s pretty squares, you can duck into a neighbourhood eatery for top-notch tapas. Calle de la Noria is good for Canarian food and street musicians, while more upscale restaurants can be found around the Plaza de Espana. If you’re after sun, shopping and seriously good food, the possibilities are endless.

Your Santa Cruz de Tenerife questions, answered

Yes. Visit the Museum of Man and Nature for a history fix, and then pop next door to Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, a contemporary art gallery.

One of Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s most famous spots is the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, a 16th-century church where the Conquistadors reputedly worshipped.

El Corte Ingles is a large, seven-floor department store with everything you could need all under one roof, plus restaurants and cafés on its top floor.

Best things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Catch a concert

Head to the Santiago Calatrava-designed Auditorio de Tenerife, a 1,600-seat auditorium where opera, jazz and pop concerts take place. The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra often performs here, too.

Swoon at the palms

You’d never know that Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s Palmetum used to be a landfill – now it’s a tranquil botanical garden with waterfalls, streams and ponds and a palm-themed museum.

Go pool-hopping

Chill out in style and enjoy wonderful ocean views at Parque Maritimo – a complex of saltwater swimming pools where you’ll also find shops and a restaurant designed by Cesar Manrique.