What to See and Do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canary Islands, offers a variety of experiences and activities for its visitors. Here is a list of places and activities to include in your itinerary.


1. Plaza de España Start your day by visiting the main square of the city. Plaza de España is the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where you can enjoy beautiful fountains, sit in one of the many cafés, and admire the view of the port.

2. Auditorio de Tenerife This remarkable building, designed by the world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, is a symbol of the city’s modern architecture. It hosts concerts, opera performances, and other cultural events.

3. García Sanabria Park This spacious urban park is the perfect place for a stroll. Here you will find unique plants, fountains, and statues, as well as rest areas where you can relax in the shade of the trees.


1. Museum of Natural History This museum, one of the largest in Spain, offers fascinating exhibits on the flora and fauna of the Canary Islands. Don’t miss the exhibit detailing the geological origins of the archipelago.

2. Museum of Contemporary Art (TEA) The Tenerife Museum of Contemporary Art (TEA) offers a variety of collections and temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists. It’s a great place for art lovers who want to explore works by both local and international artists.

Outdoor Activities

1. Las Teresitas Beach Located just a few kilometers from the city center, this beach with its golden sand and crystal-clear water is the perfect place for swimming and sunbathing.

2. Water Sports In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you can engage in various water sports such as surfing, diving, and sailing. Local schools and equipment rentals offer lessons and rentals for both beginners and experienced athletes.

Shopping and Gastronomy

1. Calle del Castillo This main shopping street of the city is filled with shops, boutiques, and souvenir stores. Here you will find everything from fashionable clothing to unique local products.

2. Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África This colorful market is the best place to experience local gastronomy. Try fresh fruits, seafood, and traditional Canarian dishes.

3. Restaurants and Bars Santa Cruz de Tenerife boasts numerous excellent restaurants and bars where you can try traditional dishes such as papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) and goat cheese. Don’t forget to visit the waterfront bars for an evening cocktail with an ocean view.

Cultural Events

1. Carnival In February or March, the city hosts one of the most vibrant carnivals in the world. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, enjoy colorful parades, and costume performances.

2. Flower Festival In May or June, Santa Cruz de Tenerife comes alive with the bright colors and aromas of the flower festival. The streets of the city are decorated with floral compositions, and themed events and fairs take place on the squares.

3. Nightlife The city offers a variety of options for nightlife enthusiasts. The city center has many bars, clubs, and discos where you can have fun until dawn.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a city where everyone will find something for themselves. Regardless of your interests, you will be able to enjoy history, culture, and entertainment, creating unforgettable memories.

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