The city of Santa Cruz is very often missed by the tourist, but it is a beautiful city. Santa Cruz became the capital of Tenerife when the Canary Islands were spilt into two provinces in 1927.
During the working week the city is all hustle and bustle as you would expect from the business centre of Tenerife. The city nestles in a bay surrounded by the Anaga hills in the north-east of the Island. Santa Cruz gained importance on the island with the growth of the port and the oil refinery, adding to the city’s economy are the cigar-making factories and fish processing plants.
There are many parks in Santa Cruz the main one being ‘Parque Municipal Garcia Santabria’, in the last few years the parks 15 acres has had a complete face lift and is well worth a visit, you will find some of the works on display from the ‘Museo de Esculturas al Aire Libre’ (Museum of outdoor Sculptures), including works of Henry Moore, Joan Miró and José Abad. The park is named after a former mayor of Santa Cruz and contains many fine old trees and tropical plants, not forgetting the ‘Famous flower clock’. All in all it gives off a very relaxing atmosphere with it’s fountain in the centre and shady areas just to sit and contemplate.
The Rambla General Franco is an impressive wide avenue along which lies the cities best residential district, some of the building themselves are very impressive, at the port end of the Rambla you will find the Military Museum one of the many Museums in the city.
Every Sunday morning there is a rastro market which takes place at the bottom of Tres Mayo very near to the bus station on the sea front. It is a combination of locals selling their products with a section designated to a ‘car boot’, all of which surrounds the African Market which is open every day of the week and there you will find all your fresh foods and lot’s more including a wonderful flower market.
In June 2007 the tranvia (Tram) came into service, running over a 12.5 km line which links the terminal ( where the bus station and the tram meets) with Avenida de la Trinidad in La Laguna. The route takes you by the History Museum and the Candelaria Hospital amongst other well known points in Santa Cruz.
The above was first published in the blog Tenerife Explored Photo’s from – commons.wikimedia.org
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