Commonly abbreviated as Santa Cruz, it is the main city and the capital of the island of Tenerife, Spain. It is located in the northeast of the island and its average annual temperature is 25 °C (77 °F).
Most of the municipal territory of Santa Cruz is considered a natural area, due in large part to the presence of the Anaga Rural Park. This fact makes Santa Cruz the third largest municipality in Spain with the highest percentage of natural territory.
Indeed, in 2012, the British newspaper The Guardian included Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the list of the five best places in the world to live, and I really agree with it!
The port is of great importance and is the communications hub between Europe, Africa and America. Its harbour is one of Spain’s busiest, thanks to commercial and passenger traffic as well as for being a major stopover for cruisers en route from Europe to the Caribbean.
The city also has one of the world’s largest carnivals: the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife which now aspires to become a World Heritage Site, and it is the second largest in the world.
Unfortunately, we miss it because it is held each February and we went to Tenerife from October to the end of November.
THE MOST POPULAR ATTRACTION
- Auditorio de Tenerife
It is located on the Avenue of the Constitution, next to the Atlantic Ocean.
Its construction began in 1997 and was completed in 2003. The impressive profile of the auditorium has become an architectural symbol of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and it is also regarded as the finest contemporary building in the Canary Islands and one of the most emblematic buildings of Spanish architecture.
A really awesome fact is that the surrounding rocks have been painted with the world’s most famous people’s face. I loved it!!
- Torres de Santa Cruz (Towers of Santa Cruz)
The towers are 120 meters (390 feet) tall and their height makes them the tallest skyscraper in the Canary Islands, and the tallest twin towers in Spain.
Moreover, the towers are considered, together with the nearby Auditorio de Tenerife, one of the best symbols of the economic development of the Canary Islands.
- Plaza de España
It is the largest square in the city and it is located in the town center, only 1.4 km far from the Auditorio de Tenerife. This square is considered one of the “main squares” of the island.
It was built in 1929 on the historic Castillo de San Cristóbal, but currently there are only a few walls of the original building.
Here you could take beautiful photos also with the giant sign “SANTA CRUZ” and strolling around souvenirs shops and nice bars.
- Playa de Las Teresitas
Originally the area of the beach consisted mostly of stone and rocks, with a small strip of black sand. For this reason, the white and touristic beach you are going to see nowadays is completely artificial.
I have already talked about this wonderful beach so if you want to know more about this and the other best beaches in Tenerife, click on the link below.
WHERE TO EAT AND GO SHOPPING
- Meridiano shopping center
In this huge building there are a lot of popular and international shops as Primark, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Zara….
I suggest you to eat on its rooftop patio to have a completely view of Santa Cruz from the top.
- Historic Center
It is delimited by Calle de La Noria, Plaza de España, Plaza de Candelaria and Plaza de Weyler. All around this area, there are a lot of awesome shops rich of souvenirs and local products which are waiting for you! In addiction, you could join locals while eating “Tapas” with a tasty and cheap pint of beer.
I hope you liked the article and I hope it could be useful for your future trip to Tenerife!
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