Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Travel Guide
Teresitas Beach which includes general coastal views, swimming and a sandy beach

Stroll down tree-lined boulevards, explore art galleries and dine at sophisticated restaurants in Tenerife's capital.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the island’s capital, a bustling web of colorful buildings, cosmopolitan shops and well-landscaped squares. Enjoy its distinctly Spanish heritage in contrast to the more tourist-oriented destinations farther south.

The town was once one of the Atlantic’s most important ports. Santa Cruz de Tenerife flourished during the 19th century as a popular stop for ships en route to the Americas. It became the island’s capital in 1837. See the elegant old buildings that wealthy citizens constructed in these early days.

Begin your exploration in lively Plaza de España, the city’s main square. Redesigned in 2008, this unique square is dominated by an enormous shallow basin that serves as a wading pool and a towering memorial to the Spanish Civil War. In the San Cristóbal museum found under the square, see the notorious 18th-century cannon said to be responsible for blowing off Admiral Nelson’s arm.

Don’t miss the gorgeous Mudéjar-style ceiling of Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, the city’s oldest church. Look for Santa Cruz de la Conquista (Holy Cross of the Conquest), a wooden cross said to have been used in the celebrations of the Spanish 15th-century victory over the aboriginal Guanches.

Save time for the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, one of the finest museums in the Canary Islands. Dedicated to natural science and archeology, the museum features numerous interesting interactive displays. Learn how the volcanic Canary Islands were formed and see the haunting mummified bodies of the region’s first inhabitants.

Venture outside the city center to visit gorgeous Teresitas Beach. Swim in its calm waters, stroll along golden sands brought from the Sahara and admire views of the Anaga Mountains.

Sample some of the city’s famous cuisine. Dine al fresco on traditional dishes like rancho canario, a hearty soup made with chickpeas, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and thick noodles, or local fish like sardines, jack mackerel or grouper.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is located on the northeastern tip of Tenerife. It’s well connected to the rest of the island by bus and ferry.

Stroll down tree-lined boulevards, explore art galleries and dine at sophisticated restaurants in Tenerife's capital.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the island’s capital, a bustling web of colorful buildings, cosmopolitan shops and well-landscaped squares. Enjoy its distinctly Spanish heritage in contrast to the more tourist-oriented destinations farther south.

The town was once one of the Atlantic’s most important ports. Santa Cruz de Tenerife flourished during the 19th century as a popular stop for ships en route to the Americas. It became the island’s capital in 1837. See the elegant old buildings that wealthy citizens constructed in these early days.

Begin your exploration in lively Plaza de España, the city’s main square. Redesigned in 2008, this unique square is dominated by an enormous shallow basin that serves as a wading pool and a towering memorial to the Spanish Civil War. In the San Cristóbal museum found under the square, see the notorious 18th-century cannon said to be responsible for blowing off Admiral Nelson’s arm.

Don’t miss the gorgeous Mudéjar-style ceiling of Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, the city’s oldest church. Look for Santa Cruz de la Conquista (Holy Cross of the Conquest), a wooden cross said to have been used in the celebrations of the Spanish 15th-century victory over the aboriginal Guanches.

Save time for the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, one of the finest museums in the Canary Islands. Dedicated to natural science and archeology, the museum features numerous interesting interactive displays. Learn how the volcanic Canary Islands were formed and see the haunting mummified bodies of the region’s first inhabitants.

Venture outside the city center to visit gorgeous Teresitas Beach. Swim in its calm waters, stroll along golden sands brought from the Sahara and admire views of the Anaga Mountains.

Sample some of the city’s famous cuisine. Dine al fresco on traditional dishes like ranchocanario, a hearty soup made with chickpeas, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and thick noodles, or local fish like sardines, jack mackerelor grouper.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is located on the northeastern tip of Tenerife. It’s well connected to the rest of the island by bus and ferry.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Hotel Silken Atlántida Santa Cruz
Hotel Silken Atlántida Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
Avenida del Tres de Mayo, s/n, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, 38005
The price is $69 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (802 reviews)
"me gusto todo. muy cómodo para transito."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

Hotel Silken Atlántida Santa Cruz
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 $111 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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! (984 reviews)
"Beautiful architecture, Amazing, friendly and helpful staff. Super comfortable, well appointed rooms. Absolutely nothing negative here."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey
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 $94 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
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! (35 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 !!!!"

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

AC Hotel Tenerife by Marriott
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Apartamentos Bruja
Apartamentos Bruja
3.5 out of 5
Av. de Bélgica, 11, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 38007
The price is $59 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (7 reviews)
Local bus and tram stops close
"Reception manned by helpful staff. Luggage can be left when early check out. Spar supermarket next door."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

Apartamentos Bruja
 Beautiful modern twin bedroom with  private bathroom.
Beautiful modern twin bedroom with private bathroom.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, CN
Stay at this apartment in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy a garden, a TV, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Anaza Carrefour Commercial Center and Playa del Muerto ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Fasching in Teneriffa
"Sehr freundliche Leute keine komplizierten und langen Gespräche wegen irgendwelchen Regeln hatten aber einen sauberen Anspruch dass man nichts extrem dreckig macht trennen sogar den Müll alles in allem super gut kann man noch mal machen vor allem die Anfahrt zum Objekt war sehr günstig und einfach ..."

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Beautiful modern twin bedroom with private bathroom.
C&L Double room Santa Cruz center, Wifi, Air conditioner
C&L Double room Santa Cruz center, Wifi, Air conditioner
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, CN
Stay at this condo in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions La Granja Park and Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez Stadium ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
quiet, convenient, modern apartment with all the amenities
"very modern apartment with comprehensive range of appliances, kitchen utensils and laundry. 5 min walk to Las Ramblas and a further 5 minutes to the pedestrian shopping area. I thoroughly enjoyed my time staying there! (Only negative is the parking is hit and miss - and don't bring a large vehicle ..."

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

C&L Double room Santa Cruz center, Wifi, Air conditioner
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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