Plaza de Espana

Plaza de Espana

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Travel to one of the largest public squares in the Canary Islands, a popular meeting spot and an ideal starting point for exploring the city.

Plaza de España is an attractive circular plaza found in the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Stop for a break and enjoy some people-watching in this pleasant square dominated by a commanding memorial and a unique wading pool.

The plaza is located near the town’s harbor, making it a convenient first stop before you begin exploring the Old Town. Touted as the biggest piazza in the Canary Islands, Plaza de España was redesigned by famed Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron in 2008.

It’s impossible to miss the enormous Monumento de los Caidos towering over the center of the square. Shaped like a gigantic cross, the monument commemorates victims of the early 20th-century Spanish Civil War. Look for bronze figures decorating the monument; these were created by Spanish artist Enrique César Zaldivar.

Stroll along the square’s massive artificial wading pool and view the impressive fountain at its center. Sit at a nearby café and watch locals socializing around the water or racing boats.

Visit the small museum located under Plaza de España, accessed via a stairway on the seaward side of the square. The museum includes remaining fragments of the 16th-century Castillo de San Cristóbal, which once stood on the site. Look for El Tigre (the Tiger), an infamous cannon said to have blown off Admiral Nelson’s arm when his army attacked Santa Cruz in 1797.

See the Cabildo Insular, a large, early-20th-century building on the south side of the square. Designed by architect José Enrique Marrero Regalado, this building is considered to be an interesting example of Fascist architecture.

One of the best times of year to visit Plaza de España is during late February or early March when it serves as the main site for Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s colorful street party. Reach the square by bus or use parking available for a fee underground.

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AC Hotel Tenerife by Marriott
AC Hotel Tenerife by Marriott
4 out of 5
Calle Candelaria 31, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 38003
The price is $90 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Plaza de Espana and Guimera ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"I like the room, the pool last floor and be very close to everything I didn't like the bar with loud music until 1 am in front of the hotel. Do something !!!!"

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Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey
Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey
5 out of 5
Calle Doctor Jose Naveiras, 38, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, 38004
The price is $120 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 18
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (983 reviews)
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Sercotel Príncipe Paz Hotel
Sercotel Príncipe Paz Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle de Valentin Sanz, 33, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, 38002
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (381 reviews)
"Located in central Santa Cruz the hotel is perfectly placed for getting about the town. Tram, bus and taxi links are nearby. The room we stayed in was clean and well maintained. The bathroom was immaculate. The staff were all very professional and friendly, providing advice as and when needed."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2022

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Hotel Horizonte
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1 out of 5
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The price is $52 per night from May 24 to May 25
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5 out of 5
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AC Hotel Tenerife by Marriott
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4 out of 5
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The price is $90 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
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3 out of 5
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NH Tenerife
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3 out of 5
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2 out of 5
Calle Cruz Verde 24, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, 38003
The price is $56 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 23
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3.5 out of 5
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Hotel Adonis Plaza
3 out of 5
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The price is $63 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 23
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2 out of 5
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