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Santa Cruz de TenerifeSpain

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.

Top Hotels 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
The price is CA $100 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Tanque Cultural Space and Plaza de Espana. Centro Comercial Meridiano and Cesar Manrique Waterpark ...

4.4/5Excellent! (758 reviews)

"Clean. Safe. Good location. Excellent staff. Felt very covid safe. Rooms and hotel were spotless. Friendly. Near to the main bus routes and shops."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 20, 2020

Hotel Silken Atlántida Santa Cruz
Hotel Colón Rambla
Hotel Colón Rambla
4 out of 5
C/ Viera Y Clavijo 49, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
The price is CA $94 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rambla de Santa Cruz and Plaza de Espana. Garcia Sanabria Park and Nuestra ...

4.3/5Excellent! (292 reviews)
Professional friendly and very helpful staff.

"Lovely hotel, very friendly staff with nice large immaculately clean rooms. Will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

Hotel Colón Rambla
Hotel Taburiente
Hotel Taburiente
4 out of 5
C/ Dr Jose Naveiras 24A, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife
The price is CA $101 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Garcia Sanabria Park and Plaza de Espana. Rambla de Santa Cruz and Nuestra ...

4/5Very Good! (218 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Very friendly to baby. We will come back again!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2020

Hotel Taburiente
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.

Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

CanaryLofts
CanaryLofts
3 out of 5
Calle de Manuel Verdugo 4, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Situated in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rambla de Santa Cruz and Plaza de Espana. La Granja Park and Garcia Sanabria ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)

"Very pleasant stay. Fantastic terrace on 5th floor, which we sadly only discovered our last day there. Easy location, with good transport nearby or easy walk to downtown (20-25 mins). Only issue we had is that the electrical system would fail sometimes, so the kitchen burner would stop working, even ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2020

CanaryLofts
The White House in Anaga Rural Park
The White House in Anaga Rural Park
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Situated in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anaga Natural Park and Playa de Tachero. Playa del Roque de las Bodegas and Playa de ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Ein wunderschönes Haus in einer wunderschönen Landschaft.

"Wir hatten zwei großartige Wochen in diesem sehr geräumigen Haus. Alles war picobello und funktionierte tadellos. Monica,die das Haus betreut,ist sehr angenehm,ständig gut erreichbar und hilfsbereit. Das Autofahren innerhalb Tagananas bis zur Villa ist speziell,aber wenn man es hier hinkriegt,dann ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2019

The White House in Anaga Rural Park
 Beautiful modern twin bedroom with  private bathroom.
Beautiful modern twin bedroom with private bathroom.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Situated in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Anaza Carrefour Commercial Center, Playa del Muerto, and Astrofisica de ...

5/5Exceptional! (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.
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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Reviews of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Feb 11, 2020

Very enjoyable and friendly city. Good transportation

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Mar 22, 2019

Great square and restaurants. Pleasure walking around

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