Solitude in Santa Ursula
Away from the hustle and bustle, holidays to Santa Ursula are as close to paradise as it gets, with beautiful beaches, vast greenery and an exciting nightlife close by, you’ll never want to leave Things to do on Santa Ursula holidays include a wealth of discovery and relaxing amongst the idyllic scenery. If you’re looking for a quieter resort on the Canary Islands away from the buzzing atmosphere of Tenerife, then Santa Ursula is ideal for holidaymakers. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which beach to top your tan up on, as neighbouring towns such as Puerto de la Cruz and Los Cristianos offer coastlines that rival Santa Ursula’s beauty.
Things to do in Santa Ursula
The best part about a holiday to this part of Tenerife is that you are never too far away from a relaxing beach or the hustle and bustle of a big city. From quaint days spent on the local beach topping up your tan and catching up on light reading, to visiting the nearby town of Puerto de la Cruz, the top Santa Ursula attractions are always close by.
Wine and Dine
As the town is located on the coast of the island, one of the top Santa Ursula attractions is to indulge in the delicious and freshly caught seafood that is served up in eateries all around town. From grilled fish to mouth-watering tapas, it is hard to go hungry in a place that truly enjoys food. Anybody who's missing their home comforts may enjoy some food and music at one of the traditional English pubs in nearby Puerto de la Cruz.
Action and Adventure
Not far from Santa Ursula you will find the world-renowned beach area of Puerto de la Cruz. You might be tempted to explore the rocky coves or perhaps even try out some water sports in this place, perfect for those searching for some aquatic things to do in Santa Ursula. There are few better European surf spots than Playa Martiànez, especially during the month of March – worldwide surfing championships are held nearby for good reason. Keen hikers are advised to spend some time visiting the extinct volcano of Mount Teide while here in Santa Ursula.
For a great day of family fun you should head to Loro Parque, home to numerous fascinating wildlife species located in the nearby town or Puerto de la Cruz. Children will enjoy watching the penguins on their manmade iceberg here, as well as getting up close and personal with some of the most entertaining group of animals. There are also plenty of beaches nearby that can cater to families with small children; shallow beaches, calm waves and close to amenities so you can make a whole day of it. If you don't fancy any great physical exertion, then take the cable car up to the top of the Mount Teide, from where there are some beautiful sights to take in and family photo opportunities to be had. You should also include a trip to the beach of Playa Jardin on your travel itinerary. Here you will find splendid tropical gardens and charming little cafés, the ideal place for a refreshing beverage on a hot afternoon.
Cultural connoisseurs won't want to miss out on a visit to the colonial town of La Oratova to the northeast of Tenerife. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll along the quaint old streets and then have some tapas in one of the restaurants. Discover the multiculturalism of the party town of Puerto de la Cruz and satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the surprisingly many German bakeries, before learning about the colonial past of the Canaries. The Old Town is not as old as one may think, but it does blend in quite nicely with the other historic buildings.
For a fun-filled evening make a trip to the bars and nightclubs of Puerto de la Cruz. Whatever your musical tastes may be you are guaranteed to have a good night out in these top class venues. Elements is a quaint bar in this city, located in the favoured Ranilla District, and a hangout for holidaymakers looking for good music and tasty cocktails. The Colour Café is another trendy bar, situated in Plaza del Charco. You can chill out in the Canarian courtyard while listening to the live music or discs, played by the resident DJ. For a really laid-back evening you should visit the Pequeno Buda, where seating comes in the form of comfortable poufs and cushions, there is also a great variety of cocktails on offer here. If you're feeling lucky on your holiday spend the evening at the Casino Taoro, where there is the usual assortment of roulette wheels and poker tables.
Adventure and Culture
The surrounding greenery of Santa Ursula is hiker’s heaven, as the designated pathways provide a stretch of adventure and exercise and unforgettable views of the town. The verdant hillsides stretch to the lip of the beach, supplying a welcoming green backdrop to the golden sand and turquoise sea. Watch the sun go down and wander across the old ports in the evening where you can grab some authentic cuisine and a glass of local red. Whatever’s on the agenda, the crystal clear skies are to be taken advantage of on Santa Ursula holidays. If you’re a fan of festivals Tenerife is the right resort for you. Summer celebrations include the Fiestas de San Pedro and the Festival of San Juan, both consisting of parades and conveying the playful and creative side of Spain. Music festivals and arts and craft fairs are also dotted around the island throughout the year, presenting local talent that makes this area of Spain so unique. Culture vultures should take the short trip across the island to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where you can marvel at architectural wonders such as the Auditorio de Tenerife, Basilica of Candelaria and Iglesia de la Concepción. If after a day of visiting sites you fancy something a little lively, head to Veronicas Strip in Playa de las Americas, where the tourists contribute to a colourful atmosphere never short of a bit of excess.