I feel the need for sunshine people. Therefore, today’s post is our guide to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Santa Cruz de Tenerife was our second port on our recent Christmas Canary Island Cruise. We have been to Santa Cruz de Tenerife before and we absolutely love it. There is so much to see and do. However, if you only have a day to explore then this guide to Santa Cruz de Tenerife is for you!
Our Guide To Santa Cruz De Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a bustling port that oozes sophistication and character. A city that wraps you up with its sunny disposition. You can’t fail to fall in love with Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This is most definitely a city that is easy on the eye with its brightly painted buildings, a fantastic range of shops from brilliant independent ones to chain stores that you will recognise from back home. The city also has lovely art galleries and museums.
Exploring On Foot
This is an easy city to explore by foot. You feel safe and there are lots of signs clearly marking the routes that you can take. You will also find that the city has a plethora of green spaces, some lovely markets for you to go and have a mooch round and lots of brilliant parks for the children.
If you want to save the feet then you can find a red bus tour otherwise known as the City hopping bus tour, which you will possibly recognise from cities around the UK. These are brilliant if you have children as you can hop on and off as you please at any of the 11 stops. The bus tour also covers all of the main sights in the city. The bus departs every 25 minutes from each stop and tickets are valid for 24 hours. The price of a tour at the time of writing is roughly £15 for an adult ticket
Where to visit
You don’t need to spend much money at all in this city. You could easily while away the day exploring the shops, markets and parks for free. However, if you fancy visiting some galleries, museums or attractions then you won’t go far wrong by visiting one of the below
Tenerife Espacio De Las Artes (TEA)
Both times we have been to Santa Cruz de Tenerife we have visited here. I love the look of the dramatic building, Mr C likes the engineering behind the building. It has a large and excellent art gallery that covers the life and work of Tenerife born Óscar Domínguez. You may not have heard of him but he is actually considered the third greatest surrealist painter after the more well-known Salvador Dalí (think melting clocks) and Joan Miró. They also have temporary art exhibitions that cover more contemporary painters and themes. As well having an excellent art gallery there is also a library. This is the perfect library in my eyes. It is stylish with a vast collections of books, oodles of internet terminals (which are free to use) and a multimedia room. If I lived in Santa Cruz de Tenerife then you would be booting me out of here at closing time.
TEA also has a very lovely gift shop. Beware, you will be tempted to buy lots of things. There is also a cafe with really friendly and welcoming staff. Somehow Youngest ran into a glass door and the staff leapt into action bringing over ice and making sure she was ok. The cafe is reasonably priced and the coffee is GOOD!
Iglesia De Nuestra Señora De La Concepción
Just round the corner from TEA is Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción. This is the city’s oldest church. For some reason the bell tower makes me think of Romeo and Juliet and I had to refrain from shouting
“Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou”
The church as it stands today was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. I know what you are thinking, that’s not old! Well, the original church went up in 1498! It was built just after the island was conquered. Inside you will find a beautiful silver altar and the Santa Cruz de la Conquista or the Holy Cross of the Conquest to you and me. This is where the name of the city derives from.
Museo De La Naturaleza Y El Hombre
We didn’t go in Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre but I really wish that we had. It sounds ideal for children as there are large interactive displays. It is the city’s number 1 attraction and one of the best museums in the whole of the Canary Islands! Set inside a beautiful building that was once the city’s civil hospital, this is an ideal place to while away a couple of hours. However, be aware that the signs are only in Spanish although the main exhibit rooms do have sheets in English explaining what is in the room. The museum also has a gift shop and the all important cafe.
Food And Drink
You are spoilt for choice in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from quirky and independent cafes and restaurants to some familiar ones (golden arches anyone). There are cafes to suit all budgets. Head to the shops for your greatest choice or there is a lovely cafe on the front, near the port, in the park, overlooking the lake.
Our guide to Santa Cruz de Tenerife is perfect for those visitors who only have 24 hours in the city. However, if you are staying in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for longer then get out and explore the rest of the island too. It is one of our favourite Canary Islands
Do you have good places that you would add to our guide to Santa Cruz de Tenerife?
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