Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Admirals and pirates conqueror

The most attacked island in the world by pirates and fleet enemies and an example of collective improvement.

Plan your stay in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Depending on where you are in this city you can go to one place or another and practice as well different activities. In the North you can go to the Anaga Rural Park to hike and go cycling; by the other side, in the South you can go to El Rosario, in whose beaches you will be able to enjoy surfing. In this last city as well, you have to try the popular Ronmiel liquor, but also wines with designation of origin like the Abona, the Tacoronte-Acentejo, and the Valle de Güímar among others. For those who want to go out of the capital, we recommend to visit the towns of San Cristobal de la Laguna and Candelaria.

Among the many buildings we should visit in this island there are: the San Francisco Church (1777) with a great amount of images of the saints Domingo and Inmaculada in its interior; the Nuestra Señora de la Concepción (from the XVII-XVIII centuries); the San Telmo Hermitage (from the XVI century), located in the Bravo Murillo Hermitage.

There are also many beautiful houses and castles and many other buildings. In the Viera y Clavijo street there are the Casas Consistoriales (1888), with many balconies for the public events. And you definitely have to visit the Carta Palace (1752) that has an elegant clock in its front.

In the Barranco de Santos we find the Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados old Hospital, that shelters today the Nature and Man Museum, about the conquers times.

The city resisted the many attacks due to the impressive defensive fortresses. These are some of the most important castles: the castles of Santo Cristo de Paso Alto (XVII and XVIII centuries), San Joaquín (XVI-XVII centuries), San Andrés (1706), San Juan Bautista (1644, rebuilt in the. XVIII century), and the Almeida Castle (1884) sheltering today the Military Museum of the Canary Islands.

In the Republica Dominicana square you can visit the old Asunción School, with an historicist image.


Auditorium designed by Santiago Calatrava

The most important sculptures you can find are, in the Rambla the Glossar Fighter, and in the Architects School the Lady Tenerife.

The Ángel Guimerá theatre (1851-1911) preserves its old look and it is very close to the La Recova Art Centre created in the past with volcanic stone. In the Ruiz de Padrón Street there is the Círculo de la Amistad XII de Enero (1911) artisans sede.

The most emblematic modern building in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the Auditorio “Adán Martín” (1997-2003). But there are also important museums like the Espacio de las Artes (TEA) and the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes (1933).

If you want to go to the beach, the most popular ones are Las Teresitas, Las Gaviotas, San Andrés and Añaza.


Practical data


28° 28′ 0″ N, 16° 15′ 0″ W


Tenerife Airport Norte 10 km, Tenerife Airport Sur 66 km, Puerto de la Cruz 41 km, Candelaria 18 km, Garachico 70 km


4 m


206 593 (2013)

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