Introducing holidays to Santa Cruz
Tenerife’s vibrant capital city nestled at the foot of the Anaga Mountains offers great weather, as well as plenty of activities of all kinds. Whether lazing on the beautiful beaches, meandering the scenic parks, or making the most of the fine dining and nightlife on offer, Santa Cruz holidays continue to be a popular choice for those heading to the Canaries.
With its dramatic mountainous backdrop and attractive sandy shoreline, Santa Cruz is ideal for holidaymakers looking to get outside and appreciate the natural landscape. Visit the busy yet unspoilt beach of Playa de Las Teresitas, a mile-long stretch of sweeping sand just outside of Santa Cruz. Or head into the city itself to discover historic and colourful buildings from many periods of time, including ancient castle ruins. As a capital city, it’s well served by high quality restaurants of many varieties, plus large chains stores and independent shops. Cultural points of interest like museums and an incredible auditorium offer plenty of entertainment, while the clubs and bars guarantee a good night out.
The Museum of Man and Nature has three floors dedicated to the history and nature of the Canarian Archipelago, and is a fascinating way to get to know and fully appreciate your holiday destination. There’s also a Military Museum displaying artifacts of warfare in the area through history. Both are a great opportunity to get kids interested in history by sneaking some educational visits into your holiday - presuming you can tempt them away from the beach!
The Auditorio de Tenerife is one of the city’s most distinctive and eye-catching buildings, and it’s also the place to go if you want to catch a show while on holiday. There’s music and theatrical performances to suit many tastes, from serious and classical to silly and fun. An alternative is the Guimera Theatre, which dates back to 1851 and still stages musicals, plays and operas.
Walking around the city and gazing at the buildings is an attraction in itself, where a distinct architecture makes shops and offices look like works of art. If you somehow find yourself tiring of the beach at Playa de Las Teresitas, it may be time to visit the Cesar Manrique Maritime Park. This man-made complex offers multiple swimming pools, fountains, palm trees and places to relax and get some refreshments, resulting in a nice change of scenery from the beach and a good-value attraction at less than €3 per adult for entry.
Festivals and Events
The arts scene provides plenty of unmissable things to do in Santa Cruz and give you an insight into the true culture of the city. The sculpture trail is a must, even if you don’t consider yourself to be an art-lover. Following this walkway, with its sculptures by well-known artists, for a great way to explore the city, particularly if you get a tour guide to show you round. And if you do class yourself as an avid art-lover, the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts has a permanent exhibition that you mustn’t miss.
Every February is the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a huge and spectacular celebration and one of the most notable of its kind anywhere in the world, coming second in popularity only to the Rio Carnival in Brazil. A million people travel to the party, with a parade, dancing, fancy dress and more during the official street events.